Centre For Wildlife Studies

Works to protect, conserve nature and wildlife through relevant education, policy interventions, research and also implement projects to empower communities living in protected habitats

  • Started: 1984
  • Bangalore, Karnataka


The Centre for Wildlife Studies(CWS) works to conserve nature and wildlife through conservation efforts, education on the importance of the environmen Read moret, policy interventions to aid conservation and takes up initiatives to help communities living within protected forests. It takes up focused research into tigers and now has expanded its space to include leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears and many other predatory species. It collects data through field-based research, radio telemetry, population modelling and estimation. It also researches into life thriving on land developed for agroforestry like coffee, rubber and areca plantations which contain a variety of rich birds, mammals and amphibians. It looks at developmental pressures created by human construction while advocating for the connectivity of wild habitats across India advising national, state-level policy and decision makers being part of a high-level group. Ongoing field research is being conducted by the Centre to understand the views on nature-based tourism analysing tourism trends, visitor management practices and policies across reserved forests in India. The main focus is to balance the joy of seeing nature and also not disturb nature and wildlife. CWS also works to understand how diseases affect wildlife and their impact on livestock and humans who come into contact frequently with wildlife due to living in the forest fringe areas or within the forest reserves. The team and founders of CWS have published many articles talking about the different aspects of nature conservation efforts and are present on its website for public reading. CWS also offers doctoral programmes, Masters programmes and for people who are interested to study abroad. Partnering with Manipal University and the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), it offers PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a two-year Masters Degree Programme in Wildlife Biology And Conservation respectively.


The degradation of nature and wildlife is being felt due to rampant development and expansion of human settlements. Wildlife is used as a tool to gain income and settlements are reaching the forests leading to human-wildlife conflicts.


CWS acts to conserve forests and protect wildlife and humans also from coming into contact with each other. It works in the spaces of wildlife research, conservation, policy, and education.


  • Animal & Wildlife
  • Research
  • Energy & Environment

Sub Sectors

  • Informal Education

Demographies Served

  • Children
  • Wildlife


  • Wild Seve Programme

    Chamrajnagar, Kodagu

    Wild Seve is a national award winning conservation initiative which provides assistance to people affected by human-wildlife conflicts in Karnataka.

    This effort is being carried out around the national parks of Bandipur and Nagarahole in Karnataka. Volunteers and staff of CWS can be contacted by local farmers in case of a conflict situation and the staff after reaching the site document the case and help to file compensation claims with the forest office in case of any loss or injury leading to increased co-existence between wildlife and people.

  • Wild Shale Programme


    Aims to create curiosity and interest in children, of people living in and around the reserved forest areas and in the conservation of nature.

    It wants to foster these children into future protectors of the environment by providing relevant information and education about local wildlife, conservation issues and safety and co-existence with wildlife.

  • Wild Surakshe Programme

    Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Kerala

    This initiative focusses on reducing the cases of diseases that are transmitted from wildlife to humans and livestock.

    It empowers people to safe guard themselves from wildlife encounters and if they accidentally come to face an animal, ways to administer first aid. CWS also arranges for treatment with appropriate collaborations with medical service providers.

    CWS aims to create a network of immediate response agencies partnering with local Government bodies like rural development, forest, education and primary healthcare centres.

Leadership Team

  • Dr. Bindu Raghavan

    Principal Scientist, Wildlife Diseases Program

  • Mr. Sumit Arora

    Associate Director, Technology And Partnerships

  • Dr. Krithi K. Karanth

    Executive Director and Chief Conservation Scientist


Registration Details

  • PAN Card


  • Registration ID

    656 of Book IV/2003-04/Karnataka

  • VO ID / Darpan ID


  • 12A

    Trust/718/10A/Vol AI/372 dated 29.08.2008

  • 80G


  • FCRA



Project Location


37/5, Yellappa Chetty Layout, Ulsoor Road (Off Halasuru Road)

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Financial Details

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  • 2020-21

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