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Sarbaranjan Mondal

Sarbaranjan Mondal

Sundarbans Tiger Reserve

Sarbaranjan Mondal Photo: Joydip Suchandra Kundu/Sanctuary.

Sarbaranjan Mondal was 10 years old when he saw his first tiger. It was dead. The animal had strayed into Jamespur village and had been hammered to death by villagers. Traumatised, he vowed to do something for wildlife, especially for tigers. Today, Sarbaranjan works passionately for the conservation of the mangroves and wildlife of the Sundarbans. He earns his living from his small farm and by tutoring students. He organises his life around the work he does for the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve. He is currently working for the Society for Heritage & Ecological Researches (SHER) on a project aimed at dealing with tiger-human conflicts in the Sundarbans and raising awareness through campaigns at schools, local clubs, organisations and joint forest management committees.

Your Tiger Defender is making a difference

Sarbaranjan has been coordinating an anti-poaching information network in coordination with the field staff of the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve since 1996. Many raids have been conducted and a substantial amount of bush-meat, nylon snares, and timber has been recovered based on information provided by him over the years. His tip-offs have helped officials arrest a number of poachers. For his trouble, he lives under the threat to his life from notorious poaching gangs. He believes that reducing tiger-human conflict in the delta and assisting foresters to rescue straying tigers from villages is critical to the long-term future of the tiger in the Sundarbans.

Nevertheless, he is anything but tiger-centric, having rescued salt-water crocodiles, monitor lizards, chital, wild pigs, fishing cats and birds whenever they got trapped behind ‘enemy lines’ in villages. He works with the West Bengal Forest Department to rehabilitate and, whenever possible, release such animals back to the wild.  In the Sundarbans, his work in rescuing wild species from villages during Cyclone Aila in 2009 turned him into a trusted hero in the region. Currently, he conducts door-to-door awareness campaigns in villages and is busy fashioning students and teachers into a strong support base for tigers and mangroves.

Sarbaranjan Mondal Photo: Joydip Suchandra Kundu/Sanctuary.

Help Your Tiger Defender

Sarbaranjan needs a motorised boat, to negotiate Sundarbans’ water world. This one facility would probably double his effectiveness as he often has to wait on the shore until willing boatmen agree to transport him to the location of his wildlife rescues. “All I need is a refurbished, twin-cylinder, multi-utility boat that has been repaired and modified,” he informed Sanctuary when we spoke to him.” We anticipate that this would cost between Rs. 10 and 12 lakhs. Since much of his work involves rushing to places where tiger-straying incidents take place, the boat would add to the strength of forest-teams at times of field emergencies. The vessel would also serve to monitor the creeks and mudflats and help with environmental education and deal with medical emergencies including snake bites. Clearly, those living in the tiger’s domain would greatly value such services.

You can support Sarbaranjan through SHER (Society for Heritage & Ecological Researches).

Contact: Joydip and Suchandra Kundu, 7A Principal Khudiram Bose Road, Kolkata - 700006, West Bengal; Tel.: 91 98300 92059, 91 97485 32230; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Source: Sanctuary Asia.


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Bittu Sahgal

August 14, 2013, 04:26 PM
 I know this man. He works closely with the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve authorities and with Joydip Kundu of SHER. If there is a problem with tigers straying into villages, or of a forest guard with a snake bite, or virtually any other issue that crops up... this man, can be counted upon to be there. Often his network informs him of problems with a tiger in village... and he has to wait for hours for a boat willing to take him to the spot. If he had a boat of his own... lives could be saved.
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Jennifer Scarlott

August 14, 2013, 02:49 PM
 Sarbaranjan, your work inspires us, a world away in New York City. I hope and trust the Leave Me Alone campaign succeeds in raising the funds for your so-needed boat. Thank you for everything you are doing.