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Maheswar Basumatary (Ontai)

Subhamoy BhattacharjeeFierce protector, committed naturalist and wildlife defender Ontai is many people rolled up in one. Tracker, photographer, naturalist and wildlife defender, his education was secured in the school of hard knocks.

T.S. Subramaniya Raja

T.S. Subramaniya RajaWildlife lover, visionary and crusader T.S. Subramaniya Raja had decided he would be a crusader for wildlife way back when he received the first prize in a nature-themed drawing competition conducted by the Forest Department of Tamil Nadu.

Jitendra S. Ramgaokar Assisted By Vishal Mali And Vishal Bansod

Jitendra S. RamgaokarCourageous forest officer, wildlife defender and leader Working closely with Korku tribal communities, Jitendra S. Ramgaokar, a 2006 batch officer of the Indian Forest Service began work in the Melghat landscape as Deputy Conservator of Forest, Chikaldhara in 2011.

Meghraj Saini

Meghraj SainiTiger protector, crusader and wildlife activist This young naturalist from the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve is living proof that working with children is probably the most effective way to usher in paradigm shifts in our nation’s attitude to wildlife.

Rahul Kumar

Rahul KumarNaturalist, committed conservationist and activist Rahul became involved with the Vikramshila Biodiversity Research and Education Center, Bihar, a group that protects dolphins in the Ganges river as it flows past his home-town, Patna.

Riddhima Yadav

Riddhima YadavYouth advocate, citizen journalist and wildlife lover She has been engaged with biodiversity conservation since she was 10 years old. Currently a part of the vibrant Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), she was selected to attend the National Geographic Student Expedition 2011 to Costa Rica...

M.N. Shadakshari

M.N. ShadakshariEducationist, mentor, naturalist and conservationist Teachers are our first line of defense in winning the support of our children for wildlife protection in India. And teachers like M.N. Shadakshari exemplify both purpose and drive in reaching out to the next generation.

Professor Dr. G. D. Muratkar

Professor Dr. G.D. MuratkarEducationist, author and conservationist He heads the Botany and Environmental Science Department of the Arts, Science and Commerce College at Chikhaldara, on the very edge of the Melghat Tiger Reserve.

Krishnendu Mukherjee

Krishnendu MukherjeeEnvironmental writers are vital to our task of placing nature conservation in the right perspective. They give voice to wild India and down the years Sanctuary has honoured both reporters and the papers or TV channels for which they work for helping us reach out to the public.

Azhar Sheikh

Azhar SheikhHe is a member of the Khadsangi Gram Panchayat (village council), holds an engineering degree… and saves tigers. Part of a community of round 200 families living in the Ramdegi village at Navegaon, at the northern end of the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, he was unhappy that the people of...