South Asia & Bay of Bengal

South Asia is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world, home to immense river systems that feed the world's largest mangrove swamps, as well as vast deserts and dense rainforests. It also houses more than half of the world's remaining wild tiger, Asian elephant, and Irrawaddy dolphin populations, the largest populations anywhere.


There are three distinct challenges we must grapple with: habitat loss and degradation, unmanaged hunting, and wildlife-human conflict.

Our Goal

Ensure there are multiple thriving populations of all of South Asia's wildlife species.

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

How Will We Get There?

Our strategies include:

Photo Credit: ©Mansur/WCS

Why WCS?

4 protected areas

WCS provided technical support that helped lead to the creation of Bangladesh's first four protected areas dedicated to rare cetaceans, as well as the creation or expansion of nearly a dozen parks in India.

50+ years

WCS has over 50 years of practical and successful wildlife conservation in South Asia that is informed by the most rigorous wildlife science. These efforts first began in the 1960s, through the pioneering tiger science and conservation efforts of Dr. George Schaller.

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WCS Bangladesh
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