About us

The Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS), Bengaluru, Karnataka state, India is a non-profit charitable trust registered in 1984, under the Indian Trusts Act 1952.

CWS is registered under Section 12 AA of the Income Tax Act 1961, vide registration number Trust/718/10A/Vol AI/372, dated 29/8/2008. The CWS is registered under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act that provides tax exemptions to donors.

The Trust is registered under Section 6 (1) (a) of the Foreign Contributions (Regulations) Act 1976 to receive foreign contributions.

CWS is recognized as a “Scientific and Industrial Research Organization” (SIRO) by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. CWS is also recognized as a centre of excellence by the Vision Group on Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka.

CWS is also recognized by Manipal University, Karnataka, for registering students pursuing doctoral degrees in wildlife biology and conservation.

CWS is a National NGO Member of the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) which is an international and inter-governmental organization for the conservation of tigers in the wild.

CWS has collaborations (Memoranda of Understanding) with the National Center for Biological Sciences, Wildlife Institute of India, Duke University and the US Geological Survey.

A Board of Trustees with eminent citizens/conservationists as members oversees the activities of the CWS Trust. CWS has a Research Advisory Board, with reputed wildlife scientists as members to guide its research and academic programs.



The overall goal of CWS is to carry out and to facilitate long-term wildlife research and conservation at key sites and landscapes, through education and capacity building of Indian nationals and civil society groups.


Objectives of CWS

  • To promote and carry out scientific study, appreciation and conservation of natural habitats and wildlife with special emphasis on ecological field studies, with the objective of generating reliable knowledge to provide a basis for conservation.
  • To build the capacity of individuals and institutions through collaborative formal and non-formal education and training programs.
  • To aid and assist the Government and civil society institutions in improving the scientific management of nature reserves, zoos and wildlife habitats in India/Asia.
  • To undertake studies on human dimensions of conservation including mitigating ecological impacts of humans on wildlife and habitats.
  • To promote conservation objectives by means of production of scientific articles, books, brochures as well as various audio-visual, video-graphic, photographic and other communication tools and techniques that reach out to a broader audience.
Activities of CWS
Year Project
2008-Present Meta-population dynamics of Tigers in Malenad – Mysore Landscape of Karnataka.
2003-2007 Distribution and dynamics of tiger and prey populations in Karnataka, India
2001-2005 Distribution and dynamics of tiger and prey populations in Maharashtra, India
1998-2001 Karnataka Tiger Conservation Project
1995-2000 Ecological status and conservation of tigers in India
1989-1995 Ecology and management of large carnivores
1986-1989 Predator-prey relationships in Nagarahole National Park, India
1985-1986 A preliminary assessment of the impact of proposed upper Bhadra dam on the forest and wildlife resources of Karnataka
1983-84 Ecological survey of Lion-tailed Macaques in Karnataka
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