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Wild Life Conservation


Conservation of wildlife is important, not only because animals like pandas are cute, or animals like tiger or elephant are majestic, and we want to have them with us; it is also important for the provisioning of several ecosystem services and the proper working of the ecosystem itself, of which we too are a part. In this course, we shall discuss the several facets of wildlife conservation, including its importance and the threats being faced, and also how they are being managed in the field. We shall explore how to capture wild animals, how to treat them when needed, how to manage their habitats and their populations, and so on. We'll use the case study approach with real-life examples from the field to get a better understanding of this field and its applications.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Officers and staff of Forest departments, Students of Forestry, Wildlife conservation and allied disciplines, Policy makers


UG/PG: UG and PG

PREREQUISITES: Has cleared 10+2 with science

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Tourism industries, Education industries, Green energy industries, Renewable energy / materials industry



Dr. Ankur Awadhiya (B.Tech IIT Kanpur 2009, Ph. D IIT Kanpur 2015, AIGNFA IGNFA Dehradun 2016) is an IFS officer borne on the Madhya Pradesh cadre. His interests include photography, tourism, research, instrumentation and creative literary pursuits. 


Week 1 : Introduction, Importance, Threats
Week 2 : Monitoring wild animals
Week 3 : Monitoring & managing habitats
Week 4 : Management of wildlife diseases
Week 5 : Capturing and restraining wild animals
Week 6 : Conservation genetics
Week 7 : Ex-situ conservation
Week 8 : Management of changes


1. Pullin, A.S., Conservation Biology. 2002: Cambridge University Press.
2. Van Dyke, F., Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications. 2008: Springer Netherlands.
3. Selected articles / papers as referred to in the lectures
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exam: 28 October 2018(Sunday).
  • Time of Exam : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm.
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.
  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.