Urban Residents of the Wild Kind in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shweta Shivakumar and Nikit Surve, WCS-India

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We often think that wild animals belong to National Parks or Wildlife Sanctuaries or within forests. However, people are increasingly recognising that animals do not follow man-made boundaries, and use landscapes as they wish.

Shimla; the colonial summer capital of India is a famous tourist destination with a resident population of over 2 lakh people within its municipal limits (2011 census). People from all over the world come to see the ‘Queen of the Hills’, but little do they know of the wild residents in town.

A collaborative photo documentation of the city conducted by the Wildlife Wing of the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department and Wildlife Conservation Society-India (WCS-India) showed how wild animals use urban areas at night. The aim of this survey was to document the mammalian diversity of Shimla city. 

About the author

Shweta Shivakumar and Nikit Surve, WCS-India

Shweta is a researcher working on human-leopard interactions in Himachal Pradesh. Nikit is a Mumbai-based wildlife biologist is interested in human-animal interactions and urban ecology of leopards.



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