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Research and Projects

Collaboration is multiplication.

The problems our world faces are growing larger and more complex every day. Solutions do not stay the same. We always have to be curious, learn, develop and open up to new partners. In short we have to think, and act, differently and constantly evolve. We collaborate with like-minded organisations on projects to achieve common goals while ensuring maximum utilization of resources while conducting our activities. Whether it is the creation of newer technology that is implementable on-field, data collection or research, we join hands with partners who are as curious as us about learning more or finding workable solutions to challenges.

RESQ against Rabies

2016 - 2021

Due to the increased number of Rabies-suspected animals being reported to our helplines, in 2016, RESQ collaborated with Bangalore based organisation, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE supported by the Wellcome Trust, UK/Department of Biotechnology, Government of India Alliance program). Dr, Abi T. Vanak's team and RESQ worked together on creating a Rabies Response Unit, Quarantine and Testing Facility, conducted an Stray Dog Population Estimation Study in Pune City (2018) and ran several studies involving Population Level Sero-Survey of Rabies Antibodies, Population Dynamics Cohort and Vaccine Efficacy Studies. Jointly, our work was presented at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC's International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID).

RESQ Against Rabies

The Triadic

2021 - ongoing

Striving for coexistence and conservation in times of human-animal conflict, the project involves reassessing the link between human, canines and carnivores in the human-dominated landscapes of Maharashtra. In collaboration with The Grasslands Trust, Dr. José Vicente López-Bao (Spain) - Research Unit of Biodiversity (University of Oviedo, CSIC) and Dr. Victor Sazatornil (Spain]) - Co-principal investigator. Researcher at the Biodiversity Lab of the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (Spain), Co-principal Investigator, this project involves collect data through long-term monitoring of wolves, hyenas, and leopards and study the findings to identify important conservation areas in the dry semi-arid grasslands of Central Maharashtra. It will also investigate the interactions between feral dogs and large carnivores. The project involves participation of local communities who assist in monitoring, conflict management and reporting of information using a tool called Wildlife Tracker developed as a part of this project. Local community members are also trained to sensitize the rest of the community, taught basic wildlife first-aid and rescue techniques.

The Triadic