Wild Cheetah, Protecting Wildlife in India

Centre for Wildlife Studies

DR. KRITHI KARANTH

DR. KRITHI KARANTH

Innovator

Chief conservation scientist and director, the Centre for Wildlife Studies

Dr. Krithi Karanth, chief conservation scientist and director at the Centre for Wildlife Studies (India), has been researching human dimensions in wildlife conservation for over 20 years, to understand conflict, tourism, zoonotic diseases, land use change and species extinctions to implement scalable conservation initiatives. Her work includes the development of compensation mechanisms and community education programs including Wild Seve, Wild Shaale and Wild Surakshe.

STEFANIE GIESINGER

STEFANIE GIESINGER

Advocate

Model, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Stefanie Giesinger kick-started her career by winning the ninth season of “Germany’s Next Top Model“ at the age of 17. Stefanie has worked with InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Vogue Russia, Grazia Italia, TUSH or Women’s Health. She has also developed global partnerships with Nike and Mercedes Benz, and has shot campaigns for Levis, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Escada, Furla, Max Mara or Louis Vuitton. Purpose-driven collaboration is central to Stefanie’s work. In 2018, Stefanie launched a vegan and climate-neutral skincare line мой and co-founded the sustainably driven fashion brand nu-in in 2020. Stefanie also launched her own ice cream in spring 2020 with Lycka benefitting the “Welthungerhilfe’’ project in Malawi. She is a supporter of “Yes we Cancer“ and is a Global Citizen ambassador

GOALS

Evaluate + Understand People's and Wildlife Needs in India: the Ghats are home to an estimated 27 million people living in 5 states living alongside thousands of animal species.
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Goal 1: EDUCATE NEXT GENERATION

The Wild Shaale conservation education program works in 400+ schools reaching 20,000+ students. To scale its reach to 3400+ schools and 172,000+ students, Wild Shaale will partner with India’s Department of Education to create locally relevant content to the species and ecosystems the children interact with in multiple languages, as well as build a digital version of the program.
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Goal 2: EXPAND UNDERSTANDING OF ZOONOTIC DISEASES

Wild Surakshe focuses on expanding public health and safety awareness on wildlife related diseases and conflict, as well as enables people and communities to safeguard their lives and livelihoods. Over the next 3 years, the program will conduct 1035 workshops engaging 50,000 frontline government and community workers from 2000 villages.
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Goal 3: MITIGATE HUMAN WILDLIFE CONFLICT

Utilize data to understand human-animal conflict and disease hotspots that require additional targeted interventions via compensation mechanism, Wild Seve. To date the program has worked on 17,000 claims with 7,000 families receiving over $700,000 from the government.

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