This initiative, funded by Rufford Small Grant Program, delves into the arid landscapes of Gujarat’s Kutch region, recognized as potential havens for ensuring the enduring survival of wolves. Yet, the recent surge in developmental activities across this territory has induced rapid transformations in traditional land-use practices, casting shadows on the sustained presence of these majestic creatures.
Existing studies focused on Indian wolves have not comprehensively explored their responses to diverse landscape alterations and anthropogenic influences on a multi-dimensional scale. This project adopts a holistic approach, encompassing a spectrum of techniques from on-ground surveys and public interviews to cutting-edge GIS tools, all orchestrated to model the myriad co-variables that intricately define wolf habitat suitability within Kutch.
Positively correlated factors include the prevalence of substantial vegetation cover, thriving forests, and the abundance of preferred prey species. The overarching objective is to pinpoint pivotal wolf habitats, formalize astute management protocols, and contribute to the formulation of a comprehensive, landscape-level strategy for conserving the Indian wolf across Kutch and analogous ecosystems across India.
Project Duration: May 2015- June 2018
Funding Agency: Rufford Small Grant Program