Bhutan-native Tashi Dhendup is a research faculty and a forestry officer at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research under Bhutan’s Department of Forest and Park Services. He has used camera traps to document and study mainly endangered species, including the tiger and other smaller felids in Bhutan and serves as a member of the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group. He is interested in understanding the ecology and conservation of wildcats using non-invasive monitoring tools. Tashi is a WWF Russell E. Train Fellow and Wildlife Conservation Network scholar pursuing a master’s degree in wildlife biology at the University of Montana. He is currently studying tigers in Bhutan using noninvasive genetic sampling. Tashi is a 2015 National Geographic Young Explorer grantee and a 2017 National Geographic Early Career grantee. He is also part of the 2017 Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program.

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