Wildlife rehabilitation: An integrative approach to wildlife conservation (Abhishek Narayanan): day1

In India, the mode of conservation largely stems from Compassion and thus India practices largely a model of Compassionate Conservation. The recent upscale in the incidences of Human-Wildlife Conflict is threatening the very fabric of our conservation ethos. The reason why India has managed to hold on to so much of wildlife unlike all other Southeast Asian countries is because of this very practice of Compassionate Conservation. This workshop is largely a boot camp on what Wildlife rehabilitation is and how it relates to this Compassionate Conservation of Wildlife. Wildlife rehabilitation has been long thought as only a welfare based activity and implicated to be doing more harm than good. However, with use of case studies and practical experiences the workshop will highlight the usefulness of Evidence Based and Scientifically executed process of wildlife rehabilitation as an important tool for conservation. Apart from the actual convergence to science, the workshop will exemplify the integrated approach from all fields of wildlife (including biology, ecology, behavior, wildlife health, animal welfare and social sciences, etc.) to achieve the goals. Some basics of wildlife rehabilitation will also be covered.