conducts applied research on small wildcats
and other carnivores. Within his study area in Madhya Pradesh
he started a conservation and research project in 2013 to ensure
the survival of the regions rare and threated carnivores like
caracals, asiatic wildcats and wolves. He takes
a view that if the conservation of these rare and endangered
animals is undertaken within the tiger landscape, small cats
and other carnivores will be doubly ensured of continuous resources,
which are otherwise hard to generate for such species, that
can be used for their conservation in the region. Caracals have
been his favorite cat species for a long time and with this
project he has been successful to fully train and involves local
community groups in the conservation of the rare caracal.
is also a PhD researcher at the Institute of
Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology & Institute
of Environmental Sciences at Leiden University
in The Netherlands. In his work he integrates aspects of cultural
anthropology and wildlife ecology to find solutions to carnivore
survival in human dominated landscapes. His current research
focuses on Human-wildlife interactions:
Can large predators like tigers survive in multi-use landscapes
In his earlier
work he examined Prospects of implementing
a coexistence agenda within the multi-use buffer zone
of the Panna Tiger Reserve. The project findings were directly
used to guide local stakeholder interactions and improve their
support for Panna Tiger Reintroduction Project. The work was
conducted between 2009 and Nov 2013.
an MSc in environmental sciences from University of KwaZulu-Natal
in South Africa, an M-Phil in Natural Resource Management from
Indian Institute of Forest Management in Bhopal and a Masters
in Business Management from Symbiosis IMS, Pune, India.
books include, “Caracals
in India”: The forgotten cats and “A
field guide to the Tracks and Signs of Indian Wildlife”.
His new and more comprehensive field guide on the Tracks
and Signs of Indian wildlife will be out for
sale this year. His research at Panna will be published as a
book Managing stakeholders of
Panna Tiger Reserve: An action research experiment
will be available in 2015.
This website has information on his ongoing projects. For specific
information or for volunteer opportunities write to Shekhar at
ShekharKolipakas’ projects also need funding. If you have
some tips please do write to him.