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Special issue of IJEES on Wildlife Ecology, Biology, Management & Conservation

International Journal of Ecology & Environmental Sciences (IJEES)

Special issue on Wildlife Ecology, Biology, Management & Conservation

The scientific discipline of Wildlife Science in India grew on a solid foundation of natural history observations and accounts published since 1896 through the publication of the Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, Cheetal– a journal of the Wildlife Preservation Society, Dehradun and to some extent the Indian Forester published by the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The natural history accounts led to the foundation of quantitative ecological studies. Studies conducted by George Schaller and Claude Martin in Kanha; Paul Joslin, K.T.B. Hodd and Stephen Berwick in Gir forests in the late 1960s in that sense may be regarded pioneering and classic which combined natural history accounts of species and ecosystem using quantitative approach which, later became hallmark of many ecological studies undertaken by the BNHS under late Dr. Salim Ali.

The establishment of the Wildlife Institute of India coupled with introduction of Wildlife Science at post graduate level in Indian Universities in general and establishment of the Centre of Wildlife & Ornithology (now the Department of Wildlife Sciences) in particular at the Aligarh Muslim University in 1986 gave a steady impetus to organised scientific quantitative studies on species, ecosystem and bio-geographic zones in India.   The Centre for Ecological Sciences, established in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in the 1980s playing the pivotal role in the system as a result of which, the Wildlife Science discipline with its sub disciplines such as ecology, biology, management and conservation saw phenomenal growth during last 35-40 years in India. 

There has been an impressive growth in accumulation of ecological literature pertaining to species ecology, community ecology, plant ecology, ecosystem functioning, conservation and management of threatened species, communities, and ecosystem, especially after the use of computers, ecological statistical software and modern technology such as Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System. The Indian protected area system also witnessed phenomenal growth over this period with the Project Tiger playing a leading role in conservation of critically endangered tiger and its associated prey species in representative biogeographic zones. With increased protection levels as well as strict enforcement of wildlife laws, the population of many endangered species recorded overall increase in population size. However, such gains have been often nullified to a great extent due to increase in anthropogenic pressures such as habitat destruction, habitat alteration, habitat fragmentation, excessive use pesticides, urbanization, industrialization, incidences of emerging wildlife diseases, invasive species, illegal wildlife trade, and unprecedented increase in human and livestock populations. All these factors are affecting the natural resources including the wildlife populations of protected areas and giving rise to human-wildlife conflicts in each biogeographic zone. The extent and magnitude of human-wildlife conflict and its mitigation is by far one of the key management challenges faced by the managers of the protected areas.

The definite increase in scientific ecological data and information on species and communities across different bio-geographic zones, however, do not commensurate with management of protected areas to the desired levels. Also, there is still considerable inhibition in use of modern technology as well as experimentation with in-situ and ex-situ management of wildlife populations. This not only necessitates a review of discipline and a serious introspection but also requires considerable serious scientific thinking to set the future agenda of conservation. Such an exercise may be best attempted through a dedicated publication, which would review the growth of discipline, deliberate on current issues so as to arrive at targeted future action to safeguard the wildlife wealth of India. The National Institute of Ecology published a special issue of the International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Science on Wildlife Ecology in 2008 and a sequel of the same is planned for 2021 to invite and publish research articles on a wide range of themes related to sub disciplines of Wildlife Science by leading wildlife biologists, managers and conservationists.  The IJEES invites original research articles/papers, theme specific research reviews under following sub themes:

Mammalian Ecology, Biology & Conservation

Avian Ecology, Biology & Conservation

Amphibian Ecology, Biology & Conservation

Reptilian Ecology, Biology & Conservation

Fish Ecology, Biology & Conservation

Inland Wetland/Riverine Ecology, Biology & Conservation

Wildlife Management (Park-People Interface, Human-Wildlife Interface, Eco-development Initiatives & Management, Urban Wildlife Management, Wildlife Health & Disease etc.)             

Guest Editors

Dr. Asad R. Rahmani, Former Chairman, Department of Wildlife Sciences, AMU, Aligarh & Former Director, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India.

Email: rahmani1.asad@gmail.com

Dr. Satish Kumar, Department of Wildlife Sciences, AMU, Aligarh-202 002, India. Email: satishkumar.amu@gmail.com

Dr. Jamal A Khan, Section for Biodiversity & Environmental Studies, Department of Wildlife Sciences, AMU, Aligarh-202 002, India.

Email: secretarywsi@gmail.com

Editorial Assistants

Dr. Nazneen Zehra, Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife Sciences (Mammalian Ecology, Biology & Conservation)

Dr. Ahmad Masood Khan, Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife Sciences

(Avian Ecology, Biology & Conservation)

Dr. Kaleem Ahmad, Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife Sciences (Reptilian Ecology, Biology & Conservation)

Dr. Sharad Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife Sciences (Wildlife Management, Park-People Interface, Human-Wildlife Interface, Eco-development Initiatives & Management, Urban Wildlife Management, Wildlife Health & Disease etc.)

Dr. Rohit Chaudhary (Fish Ecology, Biology & Conservation/Inland Wetland/Riverine Ecology, Biology & Conservation)

Guidelines for submission

The International Journal of Ecology & Environmental Sciences (IJEES) is now an online and open access journal with a publication history of >45 years. The IJEES is a UGC approved journal. The research papers for special issue may be submitted to the journal till 31st October 2021. The average length of research articles may be restricted to <5000 words. For submission details please refer to author guidelines at: 

https://nieindia.org/Journal/index.php/ijees/information/authors

Authors are also advised to check for instructions on submissions at:   https://nieindia.org/Journal/index.php/ijees/announcement/ view/1