Wild Tomorrow Fund invited Sarika to be a panelist on a discussion about Tiger King and big cats in captivity and in the wild. Additional panelists included:
Axel Hunnicutt, co-founder of Wild Tomorrow Fund & field ecologist working with lions and other big cats in South Africa.
Captain Jesse Paluch, Chief Environmental Conservation Officer, Bureau of International Crimes Division, New York State DEC.
The panel discussion is available to view on YouTube at this link.
Tiger King has now been watched by millions of people across the globe and its viewership is increasing daily. Sarika has an important perspective to share about the series based on her experience in science media along with research on captive tigers in the United States and wild tigers in India. Her blog, "Ten things you need to know about Tiger King" was published on Jackson Wild's website. Go check it out to get the real conservation story behind the sensationalized drama.
Research in India suspended
We share our condolences with anyone who has been affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus). In a way, even if you do not have friends or family that have been infected, we have all been affected by the pandemic. Our daily lives and routines have changed, and uncertainty seems to be the only thing that is certain. This pandemic started because of humans extractive relationship with nature. Although we all desire to return to 'normal,' we need a new normal. We hope everyone can take time to reflect on how we can repair our relationship with nature, and how us as individuals can use our skills and passions to help make the world a better place.
It is unfortunate news we share today. Sarika Khanwilkar will be returning to the United States and she is now a Fulbright Alumni. Our research in India has been suspended until Tiger Reserves can be safely re-opened and travel resumes.
Accomplishments and Status:
Bi-monthly updates from the Wild Tiger team with occasional guest blog posts and personal field updates from Sarika Khanwilkar.