The New York Times Green Blog Interview with Panthera’s CEO Dr. Alan Rabinowitz on Research Cuts at Indian Tiger Reserves
A recent New York Times Green blog post reported on a decision by the chief wildlife warden of India's Karnataka state that denies new research permits and the extension of current research permits in five tiger reserves. As explained in the post, “the problem is related to India’s 1972 Wildlife Protection Act, which treats science in protected areas as a concession and assigns discretionary power to a single government-appointed wildlife warden in each Indian state.” Karnataka’s chief wildlife warden, Brij Kishore Singh, stated in an interview that human presence leads to the absence of tigers and that his goal is to minimize disturbance.
During his interview with The New York Times, Panthera’s CEO and tiger expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, explained “To bring up the issue that scientists in tiger core areas are somehow hurting the survival or conservation of tigers is just an absurdity.” In order to reverse the increasing decline in tiger numbers, estimated at fewer than 3,200 individuals, Dr. Rabinowitz suggested cooperation between managers, scientists and law enforcement. “The best protocols, explanations and answers come from good science,” he said. “We desperately need science to measure and understand what’s going on in tiger areas,” he stated.
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