Indian conservation scientist, Krithi Karanth has embarked on a research study to see if empathy for wildlife can be developed among school-going children living near tiger reserves in Karnataka and Maharashtra. This programme has already reached 50 schools and 2,500 children in Karnataka.
The results of how the programme titled Wild Shale has impacted children and their relationship with the wild is being analysed by a team of conservation scientists and will be published soon. Wild Shale is among programmes for which Karanth, a Ramanujam fellow and executive director of Bangalore-based Centre for Wildlife Studies was named one of the five 2019 Rolex laureates earlier this month.
Karanth (40) will receive 200,000 swiss francs to further the cause of wildlife conservation as awardee of the Rolex Award for Enterprise. The award recognises implications of human wildlife conflict in India where only about 5% of geographical area is in protected wilderness category.