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J.S. Chauhan

Jasbir Singh ChauhanJasbir Singh Chauhan joined the Indian Forest Service in 1987. After training at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun and the National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, he was posted in Madhya Pradesh. In 1995, he took over as Deputy Director of the Kanha Tiger Reserve.

A.R. Bharati

A.R. BharatiFor the last eight years, A.R. Bharati, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, has fought a pitched battle against politicians and slumlords looking to convert Mumbai’s city forest into valuable real estate.

Pandit Hanuman Sharma

Pandit Hanuman SharmaPandit Hanuman Sharma, or Panditji as he is simply known, has been unfolding a quiet revolution in and around the villages of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan.

Qasim Wani

Qasim WaniRetired Forest Guard, Dachigam National Park.

Born and brought up in his beloved Kashmir, for over four decades, he has walked the Himalayan home of the endangered hangul, protected them from poachers, been attacked by black bears (and blamed himself for the encounters) and has taught animal...

A.M. Annaiah, IFS

A.M. AnnaiahA.M. Annaiah's exploits fighting illegal sandalwood and timber smugglers in the Shimoga are legendary. In 1996, as a DCF Chikmagalur Division, he lodged cases against well-connected coffee planters and other encroachers on the forest land.

Tejvir Singh

Tejvir SinghField Director, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Tejvir Singh believes that it will only be possible to save tigers if we are able to win the support of villagers living in and around tiger forests.

Gopal Chandra Tanti

Gopal Chandra TantiLaboratory Assistant, Sunderbans Tiger Reserve.

His life is spent in boats and walking the muddy creeks and mangroves of the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve.

Biswajit Mohanty

Biswajit MohantyHonorary Wildlife Warden, Dhenkanal.

A wildlife activist who networks with groups across the country, Mohanty’s name almost invariably crops up when discussions revolve around environmental issues concerning Orissa.

Nitin Kakodkar

Nitin KakodkarDeputy Conservator of Forests in charge of the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, he has boosted the protection and management of the prime tiger habitat.

S. Rangaswami

S. RangaswamiTall, with a ramrod-straight figure and binoculars strung around his neck, 80-year-old S. Rangaswami seems to be living proof of Sálim Ali’s observation: “Those who watch birds need not age.” Rangaswami’s range of interests is wide.