Department of Wildlife Sciences
Joint Project of the Department
1. The Department of Wildlife Sciences has implemented AMU-BNHS-UPFD joint collaborative research project on migratory birds which has generated quality data on avian disease and an understanding of migratory movement of several waterbird species. The Department of Wildlife Sciences successfully deployed PTT collars and the movement of water birds were trekked through satellites. The project was implemented by Dr. Asad R. Rahmani, Director, BNHS, Dr. Jamal A Khan and Dr. Satish Kumar.
2. The Aligarh Muslim University-Gujarat State Forest Department joint collaborative research project on leopard is in 12th year of successful implementation and it is still continuing. Plan are afoot to radio collar more leopards to understand their movement ecology. So far under this joint collaborative project, one female leopard and seven male leopard have been radio collared and their movement intensively studies from 2002 to 2012. The data on ungulate biomass is unique as it is the largest data set on any wild herbivore population spanning a period from 1967 to 2012 and would provide deep insight on how herbivore populations behave over a period of time under heavy predation pressure and severe stress caused by repeated droughts in the state of Gujarat. The Department of Wildlife Sciences plans to deploy >200 camera traps for abundance estimation of leopard and also use satellite telemetry for understanding severe leopard human conflict in and around Gir PA.