Wild Seve — Empowering People and Fostering Tolerance for Wildlife

India’s Bandipur and Nagarahole National Parks are home to the highest densities of tigers, leopards and elephants globally. People living adjacent to these parks frequently experience crop and property damage, livestock predation and occasionally are injured or killed. As a result, the traditional tolerance that rural communities of India have for wildlife can get eroded due to continued financial losses they incur.

Wild Seve is a novel conservation initiative developed by WCS Scientist Dr. Krithi Karanth in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS). It is a mobile platform that allows affected people to call in and report conflict incidents. This film by Iorapro captures the lives of people as they cope with their losses and documents the efforts of the Wild Seve team to respond and assist them. To date, Wild Seve has registered over 10,000 cases, and facilitated compensation for almost 6000 cases. Families have received ₹ 1.6 crores ($ 235,000) from the Karnataka Government.

Wild Seve is supported by Oracle, National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative, Prince Bernhard Nature Fund, and Rufford Foundation. The film has been screened at the 14th Frames Film Festival 2017, 40th International Wildlife Film Festival 2017, Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival 2017, Singapore Eco Film Festival 2017, Wildlife conservation film festival 2017, and Green Screen The Environmental Film Festival 2017.

If you want to support this conservation initiative please email: wildseveindia@gmail.com.

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