Our team conducts several activities involving community education in urban, peri-urban and rural areas focusing on human-wildlife conflict-related subjects. Programs in rural areas range from 'Safety about living around leopards in human-dominated landscapes' or 'Snake Bite Prevention and First-aid Protocol'. We use the sessions to sensitise the local community about the importance of preserving and protecting the grasslands and in turn the wildlife that thrives in their landscape. They are encouraged to alert authorities of hunting and trafficking activities and enthusiastic individuals from the local community are provided basic training on rescue and first aid of wildlife.
In urban communities, residential societies, especially the ones located on the fringes of the city, are made aware of the wildlife that lives around them. Common conflict scenarios (owls nesting, illegal captivity of wildlife as pets, civets, monkeys, snakes entering residential or commercial premises) are highlighted in these sessions. We share information about basic identification of wildlife, what to do and more importantly, what not to do as well as how and who to report such incidences to. Being aware and empowered with information about wildlife and how to act often results in reducing the fear among individuals who would have otherwise reacted in a manner causing unfavourable outcomes for the animals.
Domestic / Street Animals
We conduct education and awareness sessions with independent community groups or societies focusing on how we can come together to help reduce the human-animal conflict in their immediate environment. Quite often, members of residential communities are spread between animal lovers and people who dislike animals. We use this opportunity to bridge the gap between them and find effective solutions to the problems of both parties.
Animal lovers, often 'community animal feeders' are educated on responsible animal feeding, vaccination, and animal birth control topics. Members are also educated on how to control the garbage in their areas and are spoken to about the benefits of having a few, yet neutered and vaccinated animals as community dogs. We also use these opportunities to bust common misconceptions about street animals. These sessions are conducted to promote harmony between community members to ensure the well-being and safety of animals, children, and adult community members alike. Most importantly, the community is also educated on "What to do in case someone gets bitten by a dog." Often, these programs are combined with an Anti-Rabies Vaccination Drive around the building or society.