K. Ullas Karanth, Ph.D.



Senior conservation scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and premier tiger expert, Karanth is pre-eminent among the new generation of India’s conservationist. He has championed the cause of tigers through his groundbreaking work in India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Karanth believes that the future of tigers depends on the rigorous protection of wildlife reserves. In India, roughly 115,000 square miles of forest remain for tigers to live and breed, and fewer than 2,000 of the big cats exist today, down from 40,000 just a century ago. Yet Karanth remains optimistic about the future of tigers and uses his scientific studies on behavior, ecology, and demography to propel their conservation.

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