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Bhutan-native Tashi Dhendup is 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 in central and eastern Bhutan to document and study mainly endangered species, including the tiger and other smaller felids. Tashi also serves as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission Cat Specialist Group. He is interested in understanding the ecology and conservation of wildcats using noninvasive monitoring tools. Tashi is also a World Wildlife Fund Russell E. Train Fellow pursuing a master’s degree in wildlife biology at the University of Montana. For his dissertation research, he is studying tigers in Bhutan using noninvasive genetic sampling. Tashi is a 2015 National Geographic Young Explorer grantee and is part of the 2017 Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program.

An Incredible Week at the National Geographic Society

I was in Washington D.C at the National Geographic Society headquarters a few weeks ago, attending the orientation week for the National Geographic Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program. I was lucky to be chosen as a part of the 15, the first cohort selected for leadership development. Our group comprised people from 11 countries, and professions ranging from conservation biologists to photojournalists and storytellers. This is an amazing bunch of inspirational people doing amazing work and I am glad to have found a lot of friends.