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Anurag Kumar

Anurag KumarIn early spring, the sugarcane in the fields on the edge of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve stand a little less than two metres high. Near impenetrable, the sweet stalks dwarf the dozens of children who stream from Bansinagar village to a small clearing in these fields every evening.

Viral Joshi

Viral JoshiIndia has a huge asset in young Viral Joshi, who is destined to be one of India’s finest ornithologists. At first his resume reads rather commonplace – a Bachelors’ degree in psychology, a certificate in M.S. Office, and another in hardware and software networking.

Sailaja Nayak

Sailaja Nayak

She works with big cats across the country. And she is driven and here to stay. In 2012, WWF-India took on six volunteers to help estimate prey density in the forbidding Pakke Tiger Reserve.

Virendra Singh Panwar

Virendra Singh PawarSoft-spoken, but smitten by nature, this young lad from Kolti village in the Garhwal Himalaya must walk seven kilometres just to reach a motorable road from where he must travel another five kilometres to get to the college that he believes is his gateway to the future.

Jayan Menon And Malayala Manorama

Jayan MenonOn July 28, 2015, Kerala’s largest circulating daily, Malayala Manorama, published an exposé that blew the lid off the state’s Machiavellian, illegal ivory mafia. Their Chief Reporter Jayan Menon had uncovered a story of elephant poaching and ivory trade so scandalous and grim, that ...

Anahita Mukherji And The Times Of India

Anahita MukherjiWith 10 years of reporting on public interest issues under her belt, Times of India’s Anahita Mukherji expertly marries tenacity to activism, and activism to writing. A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Mukherji has carved a niche for herself as an ...

Maharashtra's Wildlife Heroes

Assistant Conservator of Forests, Pench Tiger Reserve, 34-year-old Sawant has, in just four years, affected revolutionary changes in four Protected Areas of Maharashtra, including Pench, Umred-Karhandla, Bor and Tipeshwar. His enthusiastic, hands-on approach to conservation, community...

Ashok Kumar

Ashok KumarIt is rumoured that in his lifetime, infamous tiger parts-trader Sansar Chand was only ever fearful of a handful of people, of whom Ashok Kumar was one. One of the pioneers of the fight back against wildlife crime in India, Ashok Kumar’s purpose, and intellect helped, early in the day, to...

Dr. M.K. Ranjitsinh

M.K. RanjitsinhIf India’s conservation community had to name a superhero, surely the man of steel would be M. K. Ranjitsinh. For over half a century, this cultured visionary has walked India’s wilds, drafted ground-breaking policies, catalysed action for lesser-known endangered species and initiated...

Hornbill Nest Protectors’ Team

Hornbill Nest Protectors' TeamEstablished in 2011 by visionary scientists, village heads and forest officers looking to protect Pakke’s four hornbill species, the Hornbill Nest Protectors’ Team is an exemplary model of community conservation.