I joined Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun on 14th december as a research personnel in the All India Project on Monitoring tigers, Co-predators, prey and their habitat. There were around 29 more candidates who joined with me on the same day.The day started with lectures on general wildlife and statistics. Our group's PIs ,Dr. Yadavendradev Jhala and Mr. Qamar Qureshi, Large mammal expert Dr. Sankar, Dean Dr. V.B.Mathur and some other wildlife experts gave brief lectures on different topics. We were intoduced to the Tiger census report of 2008 which estimated tiger population in the country to be 1411 (approx; excluding Sunderbans).
On 15th I shifted with others like Manas (Jhunjhunwala,Mumbai), Deb and Sudip (Jadavpur Univ, Kolkata), Gaurang (Garware, Pune) to the Tiger Den at Turner Road, Clement town. This was going to be our residence for the next full month.