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Bhupen Talukdar

Bhupen TalukdarTough. Uncompromising. Effective. Words that sum up Bhupen Talukdar, defender of the rhino. While rhinos were being systematically wiped out in Manas in the 1990s by international poaching gangs in league with insurrectionists, Talukdar and key colleagues forged themselves into a wall of...

Girish Vashisht

Girish VashishtA frontline defender of the tiger, Range Officer Vashisht is part of an effective team of forest guards, rangers and officers that have restored the bamboo jungles of the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.

Sarang Kulkarni

Sarang KulkarniA self-taught scuba diver, Sarang Kulkarni would probably fit himself with gills if he could. He loves the sea and is one of India’s upcoming marine biologists, with an abiding interest in sharks.

T. Venkatesh

T. VenkateshThe bane of timber smugglers, Range Officer T. Venkatesh served in the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Karnataka for nearly seven years. Soon after taking charge, he apprehended key leaders in the timber mafia and ushered in a methodical approach to record forest offences.

Abdul Rahman Mir

Abdul Rahman MirHe understands wildlife behaviour and knows what needs to be done to protect forests and animals. He is also willing to risk his life to protect the forests he loves. He is the third generation of his family to have worked in the forests of Dachigam in the Kashmir valley.

Arvind Chalasani

Arvind Kumar ChalasaniTrekker, naturalist and conservationist, Arvind Chalasani is the quintessential Green Teacher. He considers it his life’s purpose to inject a respect for the earth in children. His love for the outdoors was nurtured during long nature walks in his native Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.

P.K. Sen

P.K. SenP.K. Sen has served as Field Director of the Palamau Tiger Reserve, where he managed to consolidate the protection of the forests he loved in the face of insurgency, timber and poaching mafias and the legendary shortage of funds and equipment that define the state of Bihar.

S.S. Notey

S.S. NoteyS.S. Notey has made a name for himself by his fearless and persistent efforts to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade in Maharashtra. Notey is the epitome of a committed forest officer, offering his very best to every responsibility and post he has been assigned to.

Rakesh Shukla

Rakesh ShuklaTrained in wildlife management at the Wildlife Institute of India, Rakesh Shukla did his Ph.D. on the wildlife ecology of Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.

Samir Acharya

Samir AcharyaSamir Acharya is the founder of the Port Blair-based Society for Andaman & Nicobar Ecology (SANE). This has been one of the most active environmental groups in the islands for more than a decade.