A Posthumous Letter To Fateh Singh Rathore From Bittu Sahgal, April 2011

Gerturd and Helmut DenzauDear Fateh, It’s been a month since you’ve been gone. Through the years you have been my compass and life-raft. You influenced most of my attitudes to tigers and to nature itself. And now…

Fateh Singh Rathore passes away on March 1, 2011

Tiger WatchTiger man of India and the architect of the Ranthambhore National Park, Fateh Singh Rathore dedicated his entire life to the tigers of the park. His work in Ranthambhore, which included restoring and creating many of Ranthambhore’s lakes, laying a network of dirt roads…

S.P. Shahi – (1917–1986) – By Bittu Sahgal

S.P. ShahiAn unlikely wildlifer, the late S.P. Shahi retired as the Chief Wildlife Warden of Bihar and was one of the architects of the great wildlife resurrection of the 1970s and 1980s when most of the parks and sanctuaries we see today were selected, notified…

Dr. Ravi Sankaran – (October 4, 1963 – January 17, 2009) – By Bittu Sahgal

Ravi Sankaran. Credit:Karthik RajanMy earliest contact with Ravi Sankaran was over two decades ago when this young field biologist would breeze into Hornbill House in between the field studies he was conducting on Great Indian Bustards, Bengal Floricans…

R.S. Dharmakumarsinhji (Bapa) Of Bhavnagar (April 1917 – January 1986)

Late R.S. DharmakumarsinhjiI and my wife have gone through the second issue of Sanctuary magazine and find it an improvement on the Premier issue. More improvements can still be made and we could discuss these personally. – R.S. Dharmakumarsinhji,…

M. Krishnan – (June 30, 1912 – February 18, 1996)

M. KrishnanThe average educated adult knows little or nothing of the teeming plant and animal life of the country, and cares less. Livestock does not interest him, and the world is to him a place which holds only human beings.

Dr. Sálim Moizuddin Abdul Ali – (1896-1987)

V. SantharammnsIndian ornithology and field biology stand on the shoulders of giants such as Dr. Sálim Ali writes Bittu Sahgal. The grand old bird man of India loved nature, but was never sentimental about it. He admired wild animals,…

Sanjoy Deb Roy (1934-1999)

Sanjoy Deb RoyA new series from Sanctuary Asia

We must change our heroes if we are to have any chance at all of saving our planet. Across India valiant battles are silently being fought by all manner of people…

M. A. Rashid

M.A. RashidTo lose a good friend is like losing a part of one’s self. M. A. Rashid was one such friend, whose demise on December 6, 2007, is irreparable for me as well as for all true well-wishers of India’s wildlife.

Krishna Narain “KN” – A Life Cut Short

Krishna NarainIn October 2006, we were trekking in the Hemis High Altitude National Park in the Trans-Himalaya. As we approached the Husing valley, KN enthusiastically told me that he sensed we would see the elusive snow leopard.

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