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Priority Species

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WWF-India is addressing species conservation through ground level activities in different landscapes as well as direct interventions aimed at a particular species.
© Ameen Ahmed/WWF-India
Wildlife species conservation within WWF-India began in early Seventies with the initiation of the Tiger Conservation Programme (TCP). Subsequently, in June 2000, it diversified into conservation programmes aimed at conserving Asian Elephant and Rhino through a landscape conservation approach.
WWF-India proudly presents "The Majestic Tiger"- a visual representation of this ... / ©: Business Development Division/WWF-India
The Majestic Tiger
© Business Development Division/WWF-India
WWF-India is addressing species conservation through field level activities in different landscapes as well as through direct interventions aimed at conserving a particular species. Species whose conservation is targeted within landscapes are – Royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, Indian rhino, red panda, Nilgiri tahr, black-necked crane and snow leopard. In addition to the landscape approach, conservation needs of tiger, elephant, Asiatic lion and snow leopard are also addressed in different states of India which do not form a part of the above-mentioned landscapes.

WWF-India’s objectives for species and landscape conservation include:
  • research and baseline data collection of the target species and their associated species as well as their habitats;
  • mitigation of human-wildlife conflict;
  • reducing poaching and wildlife trade;
  • lobbying for policies supporting wildlife conservation;
  • working with communities for creating sustainable livelihoods and
  • increasing protection of critical wildlife bearing areas.
Freshwater species like Ganges river dolphin, gharial, otters, freshwater turtles as well as conservation issues concerning important freshwater habitats like Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur, Rajasthan) are addressed under the Freshwater programme.