The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) currently works in over 130 national parks and sanctuaries of India across 23 states, covering 82% of 50 tiger reserves and 18% of 733 nature reserves. With over 3.5 million people living inside tiger reserves and several hundred million dependent on natural ecosystems, we cannot separate communities from conservation. Thus, WCT lays equal emphasis on wildlife conservation and community development.

The communities living in and around India’s forests depend heavily on forest produce to supplement their income. We help impart vocational training to young people and co-ordinate with over 100 job providers to find them gainful employment, thereby reducing their dependency and negative impact on forests.

We understand the value of education to a child’s future and work extensively with government schools in forests by building the capacity of teachers, providing infrastructural support and creating alternative avenues for learning.

Realising that these remotely-located communities lack access to quality healthcare, we conduct health camps, providing relief to both villagers and forest department staff.

Our efforts in these three arenas are greatly complimented by our protection initiatives. We work closely with forest departments to ensure that they have the best equipment and training to carry out their duties. In a first of its kind initiative, we provided multi-utility rescue vehicles to parks to tackle man-animal conflict and also equipped 2,100 Anti-poaching Camps in over 60 parks. Our team has imparted enforcement training to over 8,700 staff and continues to conduct sessions in forest institutes. Above all we conduct scientific research to push for more robust wildlife management policies.
 

An RRU donated to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.
Mudumalai forest officials at the inauguration of their RRUs.
Forest officials selected to man an RRU in Anamalai receive a briefing on the equipment in the vehicle.
WCT's Anish Andheria hands over two RRUs to Dudhwa forest officials.
WCT's Anish Andheria explains the use of a baffle board to officials in the Badhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.
Officials in Bandhavgarh understand the components of the first-aid kit in an RRU.
Officials at the Anamalai Tiger Reserve with their RRU.
A sloth bear, her two cubs clinging to her back, walks past a camera trap.
Our camera traps pick up a multitude of species including porcupines!
RRUs contain all the equipment forest staff need in an emergency.
Each RRU comprises a modified 4WD vehicle and three motorcycles.
Panna forest guards are trained in using an RRU.
A WCT RRU donated to the Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.
Officials from Pench, Maharashtra learn how to put up the tents included in an RRU.
Officials in Ranthmabhore are briefed about the megaphone included an RRU to help during crowd control.
RRUs also include a range of personal equipment for guards such as backpacks, rain and winter gear and sturdy shoes.
The personal equipment included an RRU allows officials to weather extreme conditions during conflict situations.
An RRU is handed over to officials at the Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.
An RRU includes essential pieces of equipment such as baffle boards, walkie-talkies and helmets.
Our vehicles are equipped with specially-designed lightweight carnivore trap cages to minimise injury to wild animals during rescue operations.
A Rapid Response Boat was donated to the Sundarban Tiger Reserve, West Bengal to help officials patrol the waterways more effectively.
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A chinkara is photographed mid-leap on a WCT camera trap.
A trio of wolves trooped past a WCT camera trap, one decided to stop and take a closer look!
A pair of leopards spotted on a camera trap.
India's national bird caught on camera. WCT camera traps pick up the most incredible natural history moments!
A bonnet macaque peers into a WCT camera trap set up in the forest.
WCT researchers were thrilled to spot two jackals among the images collected from our camera traps.
A tiger in Pench photographed on a WCT camera trap.
A tiger strolls past a WCT camera trap. We're using these cameras to count tigers in and around Protected Areas.
WCT researchers set up a camera trap. A key component of our work is training forest officials in camera trapping techniques.
A WCT team member mimics a tiger to make sure that the cameras are positioned at the right height.
The WCT team spends time with forest officials, explaining how the camera traps work.
WCT's Milind Pariwakam positions a camera trap on a tree.
Officials at the Anamalai Tiger Reserve pose outside their newly-equipped APC.
WCT designed a pilot APC that is solar-powered, has a water harvesting facility, an inbuilt efficient cooking stove, lots of natural light & naturally-insulating bricks. It is environmentally-friendly & cost-effective.
WCT donated reverse osmosis units to APCs so that officials had access to clean water.
An APC-cum-solar shed built with WCT support in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.
An official in Kanha tests the water from a filter donated by WCT.
A mahout in Kanha fills a glass of water from a filtration unit donated by WCT to ensure access to safe water.
WCT donates small items such as trunks, chairs and mattresses to APCs so that officials can live comfortably.
APCs in Kanha received Solar Integrated Systems so that officials could charge small pieces of equipment like mobile phones.
WCT invested in designing special Solar Integrated Systems & over 2,000 units have been installed in APCs across India.
In Chulkati in the Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve, staff required a base station. Due to its remoteness, the costs were extremely high. WCT stepped in & today, the camp allows staff to patrol 200 sq. km. of forest earlier inaccessible to them.
Officials in Tadoba understand how to use and maintain the Solar Integrated Systems donated to them by WCT.
An APC in Umred equipped by WCT.
First-aid kits are distributed to officials at the Bhadra Tiger Reserve.
Officials at Periyar underwent a series of tests to check for non-communicable diseases.
Lab testing for field staff in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
A set of first-aid kits were provided to officials living in APCs in Ranthambhore.
A camp medical officer speaks to field staff at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
Officials at Ranthambhore register for a health check up organised by WCT.
Sudarshan Sharma, DFO, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve stands with the MHU team.
An officer in Sariska gets a work up by a physician at a WCT health camp.
The WCT MHU at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in March 2015.
Amarkantak Forest Training School, February 1 to 3, 2015.
Balaghat, Rangers Training School, July 14 to 16, 2014.
Chandrapur, January 20 to 22, 2015
Chikhaldara, April 1 to 3, 2015.
Crime scene mapping exercise at Chikhaldara in April 2014.
Pachmarhi, January 12 to 14, 2015.
Spiti, June 22 to 24 2015.
Kundal, November 14 to 17, 2014.
Training for forest guards in Madhya Pradesh in February 2015.
Shivpuri, May 16 to 18, 2015.
Pachmarhi, January 12 to 14, 2015.
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Key Achievements

WCT is the largest organisation to support the State and Central government in the field of tiger conservation outside of the Government.
In less than eight years, WCT has expanded its reach from five parks in 2009 to 130 parks in January 2017.
WCT has been able to leverage government support for most of its projects.
WCT is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Tiger Forum (GTF).
WCT is a member of the Advisory Board of National Tiger Conservation Authority
(NTCA).
WCT is a member of the State Board of Wildlife of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh
and Rajasthan.
WCT is a member of the Executive Committee of Madhya Pradesh Tiger Conservation
Foundation.
WCT is the only NGO globally that conducts large-scale tiger population estimation
programmes in corridors and habitats outside protected areas.
WCT was one of the four NGOs invited by the NTCA to carry out population estimation of tigers and their prey in the All India Tiger Population Estimation exercise in 2014.
WCT is the only NGO that conducts diagnostic health check-up camps and provides clinical consultation to the frontline forest staff, including permanent (forest guards) and temporary (watchers) staff. These health check-up camps have reached over 16,000 beneficiaries.