Sharing the Landscape With Dangerous Animals: Tiger Conservation in India

Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 12:15 pm
Open to the public with rsvp to
Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
Princeton Environmental Institute
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Across all nations and all environments—marine, freshwater, artic, temperate and tropical—large-bodied animals continue to experience significant declines in distribution and abundance. Tigers, which number less than 4000 individuals and occupy only seven percent of their historic range, are no exception to this rule.  The largest number of tigers occur in India, a country with over 1.3 billion people and one-third the land area of continental U.S.  How is it that tigers precariously persist in India but large bodied predator populations in the U.S., with far fewer people and much greater land area, continue to be imperiled?  I will discuss research findings of my Indian students studying tigers, their implications for their long-term conservation, and contrast these with efforts to encourage public support for the reintroduce gray wolves to western landscapes in the U.S.