Saloni Bhatia

Research Scholar, High Altitudes

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MSc. Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, Oxford University
MSc. Sustainable Development, Sikkim-Manipal University
B.A. English Literature, Mumbai University

My research interests include understanding the dynamics of human-carnivore interactions, primarily how people relate and respond to carnivore presence in human-dominated landscapes. 

Projects

P1490789

Wild carnivores and people

Understanding human response towards snow leopards and wolves

Publications

  • Journal Article
    2016
    The Relationship Between Religion and Attitudes Toward Large Carnivores in Northern India?
    Human Dimension of Wildlife, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2016.1220034
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    Evidence suggests that religion is an important driver of peoples’ attitudes toward nature, but the link between religion and carnivore conservation is poorly understood. We examined peoples’ attitudes in Buddhist (n = 83) and Muslim communities (n = 111) toward snow leopards (Panthera uncia) and wolves (Canis lupus) in Ladakh, India. We found that the effect of religion on attitudes was statistically nonsignificant, and was tempered by gender, education, and aware- ness of wildlife laws. Even though religion by itself was not an indication of an individual’s attitude toward large carnivores, the extent to which he/she practiced it (i.e., religiosity) had a positive correlation with pro-carnivore attitudes in the case of Buddhist but not Muslim communities. Our findings indicate that it may be useful to integrate locally relevant religious philosophies into conservation practice. However, the emphasis of conservation messaging should vary, stressing environmental stewardship in the case of Islam, and human–wildlife interdependence in the case of Buddhism.

  • Journal Article
    2014
    Multi-scale factors influencing human attitudes towards snow leopards and wolves.
    Conservation Biology DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12320
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  • Dataset
    2014
    Multiscale factors affecting human attitudes toward snow leopards and wolves. Dryad Digital Repository.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.6f8p0
  • Journal Article
    2014
    Tilting at wildlife: reconsidering human–wildlife conflict
    Steve Redpath, Saloni Bhatia, Juliette Young
    2014 Fauna & Flora International, Oryx, 1–4, doi:10.1017/S0030605314000799
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    Conflicts between people over wildlife are widespread and damaging to both the wildlife and people involved. Such issues are often termed human–wildlife conflicts. We argue that this term is misleading and may exacerbate the problems and hinder resolution. A review of 100 recent articles on human–wildlife conflicts reveals that 97 were between conservation and other human activities, particularly those associated with livelihoods. We suggest that we should distinguish between human–wildlife impacts and human–human conflicts and be explicit about the different interests involved in conflict. Those representing conservation interests should not only seek technical solutions to deal with the impacts but also consider their role and objectives, and focus on strategies likely to deliver long-term solutions for the benefit of biodiversity and the people involved.

  • Popular Article
    2013
    Not so deserted, after all!
    The Hindu in School, 6 November

    Link: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/not-so-deserted-after-all/article5318439.ece

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