We are glad to have Shekhar Kolipaka aboard as member on our board of international advisors and our prime connection and expert for the Indian subcontinent!
Shekhar has been working on the Indian subcontinent for the last 12 years with a focus on finding solutions to conserve carnivores in human-dominated landscapes. He started working on the ecology and behavior of small carnivores like the wild cat in forest fringes. He then progressed to include large carnivores and their relationships with people in encroachment environments and with respect to dispersion of large carnivores from protected areas into the countryside; with particular reference to the growing human- tiger conflict.
Shekhar is strongly in favor of an integrated approach, combining knowledge and novel insights in landscape ecology, socio-economics and nature conservation.
Shekhar has written and published two unique books: a expert guide on the tracking of Indian wildlife and recently a first monograph on Caracals in India.
Shekhar obtained a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from the UKZN- University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, specializing in protected area management. He also obtained Master degree in natural resource management and wildlife sciences from the Indian Institute of Management and in international trade from the Symbiosis Institute of Management, both in India. He is currently applying for a PhD at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.