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As you may be aware that only a few months ago we were celebrating the remarkable story of the bounce back of one of the world’s most loved and feared creatures, the Tiger. From an estimated low of 1,400 in 2004, the Indian government and its forest departments went into overdrive and have turned around the animal’s dire extinction predictions, and reported a total number of 3000 wild tigers across India’s forests in July last year. With a tsunami of environmental horror stories over the last decade—here at last was great news.

Could this all be about to collapse thanks to the latest threat to humanity—COVID-19—and the social and economic lockdown that is the tragic result?


Dr. Anish Andheria , a Carl Zeiss Conservation Awardee, a fellow of LEAD and the President of the Wildlife Conservation Trust, has helped set up Kids for Tigers, a nation-wide conservation education programme in 2000. He is a large carnivore specialist with immense knowledge on predator-prey relationships.

Ms. Swati Thyagarajan, one of India's finest wildlife commentators and Ramnath Goenka and Carl Zeiss award winner for reporting on tigers worked as a special correspondent and as the environment editor in NDTV for two decades. Her show “Born Wild”, was the first of its kind on a news channel and the first all women crew for wildlife documenting.

Shri Nishant Verma, working as Deputy Inspector General of Forests, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is an Indian Forest Service officer of Uttarakhand cadre has a rich field wildlife experience of working in Rajaji tiger reserve and buffer areas of Corbett tiger reserve in his Parent cadre, Uttarakhand.

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Ms.Bahar Dutt, an award-winning journalist, and one of the foremost voices in India on the environment. A Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism and Wildscreen Panda Awardee, Bahar is trained as a conservation biologist, and has won over 12 national and international awards for her reportage on green issues.

Date: July 29, 2020. 3.30 to 4.30 pm

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