Chiging Pilia

Research Assistant, Eastern Himalaya

I am a member of the Apatani tribe, which hails from the beautiful Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh. I did my post-graduate in Zoology from Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar. High Altitude Avifauna Community Composition: A Case Study of Tale Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh was the topic of my dissertation. I have spent the last few years working with the Wildlife Institute of India and WWF-Traffic in India to broaden my understanding of wildlife ecology and conservation. My main focus is on involving the local community in the conservation of Chinese pangolins in Arunachal Pradesh. I am also interested in ecological anthropology, local ecological knowledge, socio-cultural values, and attitudes toward Chinese pangolin conservation in Arunachal Pradesh. Inter-disciplinary approaches and locally-led community conservation, in my opinion, is critical to wildlife conservation. In addition to my research interests, I enjoy playing football and various outdoor games.