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Srinivasa Reddy

Srinivasa Reddy

Srinivasa Reddy, the current Field Director of the Pench Tiger Reserve, has added greatly to the security of key wildlife areas where he has served, including Chandrapur, Nandurbar, Ahmednagar and Melghat.

Month Year: December 2012

Wildlife Service Award

Forest officer, dedicated wildlifer, social reformer

A born leader and driver of change, Srinivasa Reddy has dedicated his life to the pursuit of a wildlife conservation ethic that guarantees a good quality of human life without sacrificing our wilds. Known for his passion for and knowledge of the management and policy of conservation, many may find it hard to believe that Reddy started off as an M.Tech. in Computer Science and Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Unable to deny the call to action that our degraded forests were crying out for, he chose to spend an additional three years to train for the Indian Forest Service at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy from 1994 to 1997.

He then put this training to good use, earning the respect and admiration of colleagues and conservationists in the process. He has served in various capacities to protect the wildlife around Chandrapur, Nandurbar, Ahmednagar and Melghat. He has also become one of the architects of the renewed drive to consolidate the Nagzira-Navegon landscape and is currently the Field Director of the Pench Tiger Reserve. In every capacity, his quiet perseverance and dignity has worked miracles for wildlife.

Aware that relocation of villages is a sensitive issue, he worked with local communities, and by making them the architects of the move, he managed to successfully oversee the relocation of Amona, Nagartas and Barukheda villages from Wan Sanctuary in the Melghat Tiger Reserve, repeating this success in Navegaon National Park, where villagers had been demanding to be relocated for three decades. Reddy’s wildlife knowledge and experience is matched by his sensitivity to people, a quality that is critical to the wildlife conservation movement of tomorrow.

For this, we honour him.

First published in: Sanctuary Asia, Vol XXXII No. 6, December 2012.

 
 
 

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Aarti Verma

July 9, 2014, 12:34 AM
 It was an honour to meet Mr.Reddy who is an inspiration to all in the field of conservation. The forests of Pench are an example of how nature can flourish when humans give it a loving, helping hand. The forest guards, under his guidance, work tirelessly in harsh conditions to protect the forests and meeting them was a humbling experience. Mr.Reddy is truly an earth hero!
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Valmi Shah Shirodkar

July 8, 2014, 11:06 PM
 I had the honor to meet him and visit the Pench Tiger Reserve. He is the reason we have a beautiful forest like Pench which so well managed. It is one of the few reserves in India which conduct their census with the help of Camera Trapping and other advanced techniques in order to get the best results. Congratulations Sir for wonderful 2 years and we are sure there are many more to come!
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Tejas Tawde

July 8, 2014, 09:42 PM
 Mr Reddy's dedication to Pench Tiger Reserve for past two years has made this park gain the fame that it has now. I had the opportunity to meet Mr Reddy this June and under his guidance to see the beauty that he has maintained in the park, also the wildlife protection he has done throughout. It's been amazing to know him and spend some time with him. I hope I also get to work with him soon. :)
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Purva Variyar

July 8, 2014, 08:12 PM
 Mr. Srinivas Reddy's holistic and logical approach towards wildlife conservation sets him apart. He remains focused and dedicated to a fault. I had the honour of being in the presence of Mr. Reddy at Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra and was left awed by the work he has put in to see the success of the forests of Pench and even more awed by the respect and admiration he commanded from his colleagues, forces and us.
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RajKrishnani

July 8, 2014, 08:08 PM
 It has been great knowing you in person. Seeing the dedication of your work I am glad to see the improvement throughout the areas you have taken on to. We hope you continue an amazing job with the support of lovely and dedicated forest staff who very much need a leader like you.
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Gaurav T. Shirodkar

July 8, 2014, 08:06 PM
 Pench Maharashtra deserves a huge credit, in the revival and move-forward ways. The water management work done in the park is simply amazing. The Park under the hands of Mr. Reddy, has not only come back but the other measures taken with respect to its long term conservation are really awesome. The other officials are also dedicated and devoted for the efforts in park management. All thanks to Reddy Sir. Its one park i would love to go again and again.
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Mallika Narvekar

July 8, 2014, 07:57 PM
 I recently visited the Pench Tiger Reserve and had the most wonderful time. The forest was green and alive even in the middle of the summer because of check dams that were built under Mr. Reddy's direction. The safari booking procedure was seamless and organised as well. Mr. Reddy is doing an amazing job ensuring the Pench forests and its animals are thriving.
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Bittu Sahgal

July 8, 2014, 07:45 PM
 I can confirm that your team has done a fantastic job. Shree Bhagwan and Rangers such as Mr. Note, Mishrikotkar and Vashishth, who risked their lives to free Pench from the death sentence of illegal fishing (it is not yet totally free, but you should have seen it then) have given Pench M.P. and Maharashtra an extra lease on life. You all are heroes that future Indians will remember as saviours.
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Bittu Sahgal

July 8, 2014, 07:37 PM
 Thank you Bachi Reddy. Today you have completed two years of service to Pench Maharashtra and with your team you have gifted this forest with an extra lease on life.