1. AIWC Monthly lecture series for forest officers.
Dr. Mayer and Dr. P.S. Mohankumar, Professors in zoo and exotic animal medicine, University of Georgia, gave inaugural lectures on ‘Zoo And Wild Animal Anaesthesia’ on 22.06.18 at AWIC.
Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, renowned molecular genetics scientist at NCBS, Bangalore, gave lecture on ‘How is genetics relevant to conservation and management of endangered species?’ on 04.09.2018. She emphasized on methods to conduct population & landscape monitoring and role of population genetics in tigers of Western Ghats.
Dr Promode Kant IFS (Rtd), Honorary Director from Institute of Green Economy, Gurgaon, gave an interactive lecture on 07.01.19, titled “Observed and potential effects of global climate change on species and ecosystems - How research can help in developing plans for adoption strategies that relate to human society and ecological systems?” He advocated on various adaptive measures and research modalities in augmenting climate change on species and ecosystem.
2. Hands-on training on Modern forensic approach to investigating wildlife crime including crime scene management
We conducted a fully hands-on training at AIWC and organized at the tri-campus of the State Forest Research Institute at Kolapakkam, AIWC at Valdalur and at Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP) at Vandalur from September 26-28, 2018 in collaboration with TRAFFIC India and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Southern Region at Chennai. Senior scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), , Centre for Cellular and Molecualr Biology (CCMB), Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Laboratory for Endangered Species (LaCONES), Hyderabad and Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) gave fully hands to nearly 50 officers of the forest department and from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The training was attended by IFS officers of Deputy Conservator of Forests rank, Forest Range Officers Foresters, and the Field officers of DRI.