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Cara Tejpal

Cara Tejpal

Young Naturalist A prolific writer, Cara Tejpal has been published widely in India, and has a dedicated following in cyberspace as well. This young woman has doggedly followed her dream, and lives it every day by defending the wild species she loves. An animal rights activist, hardcore conservationist, and warm-hearted human, Cara is someone who delivers hope to senior conservationists, while being an inspiration to young men and women her age who might be prompted to emulate her example and follow their own visions for a greener tomorrow. Courtesy: Cara Tejpal.

Month Year: December 2012

Young Naturalist Awards

Wildlife champion, writer, animal rights activist

Cara Tejpal, in her early 20s has already gained a reputation for hardcore wildlife conservation work. A combination of intelligence and compassion, her sedate attitude towards conservation belies her age. She currently works with the Gerry Martin Project that seeks to protect and educate the masses on reptiles and specifically on how to reduce the frightening incidence of snakebites in India.

A prolific writer, Cara has covered a number of conservation issues in India and has a veritable following in cyberspace as well.

She has empathised with animals from the time she was a child and has picked up an impressive list of work experience ranging from volunteering for animal shelters, working as a zoo keeper with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey, researching and editing for Tehelka and interning with Panthera, Mountain Cleaners, Aranyak and the Andaman and Nicobar Environment Team (ANET), to being a ‘Minister’s Fellow’ with Jairam Ramesh at the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Cara is a young lady whose heart beats for nature. In her purpose lie the hopes of all those who have been defending India’s wildlife for decades past.

For this, we honour her.

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


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