India is home to 372 mammals, 1228 birds, 428 reptiles, 204 amphibians, 2546 fishes, 57,245 insects, 5,042 molluscs and several other species of invertebrates. It is the only country to have all the five major vertebrates - the tiger, lion, panther, elephant and the rhino of the 81,000 species of animals recorded. But everything is endangered by reckless human activity.
Environment is a word that conjures up different images in our mind. Most often the word 'environment' brings images about Nature - forests, animals, trees, landscapes. It is the whole system in which we humans co-exist and interact with other living beings. Every kind of human development has its positive or negative effect on the environment. For instance more demand for food means more areas to be brought under cultivation which in turn may mean more forests to be cleared, or more animals being raised for procuring meat. The contemporary environmental crisis is the outcome of man's despoliation of the earth. The natural systems on which mankind depends are crumbling, as forests shrink, deserts expand, soil get eroded - all at an alarming pace. With the specter of environmental collapse staring us in the face, mankind has finally come to recognize that our earth is a closed system.
India is home to several animal species that are gravely threatened including over 77 mammals, 22 reptiles and 55 birds and 1 amphibian species.
We aim to conserve wildlife that includes the preservation of all species, the enhancement of wildlife habitat, the control of wildlife problems, and the consumptive use of wildlife.