An estimated 2,500 Indian Wolves (Canis lupus pallipes) remain in the wild in India and most of them outside traditional ‘protected areas’. The majority are in village common lands and ‘reserved forest’. The population is rapidly declining due to the pressures of habitat loss, retaliatory killings and a declining wild prey base. Adavi Trust’s flagship project ‘Wolf Walks’ is an attempt to address this critical conservation problem though community engagement, applied research, educational-tourism and conservation outreach. We work with the Timbaktu Collective to incentivise and support communities efforts of wolf conservation. This project includes creating economic benefits from educational-tourism and an experimental livestock insurance cover to pastoralists. The project protects wolf and blackbuck breeding grounds and impacts the wolf metapopulation of Southern India while benefiting the rural communities on whose land and livestock the wolves depend on.
This project studies and documents incidents of human wildlife conflict in southern India. We also work alongside relevant authorities to aid in conflict mitigation. In addition this project focuses on raising awareness and conducting trainings to enable people to live alongside wildlife
Today snake bite is one of the most neglected health issues in the country receiving little or no attention. We tackle this epidemic with our team of experienced herpetologists, wildlife biologists, social scientists, and conservation educators. The adavi trust has teamed up with the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and the Timbaktu Collective for this project.