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Sardar Man Mohan Singh (IAS) – Poet, Bird Lover, Nature Observer And Conservationist

Man Mohan SinghMan Mohan Singh was responsible for the creation of the Harike Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest wetland in Northern India. An unlikely wildlife hero, he used his position to celebrate and protect birds. People like him are hard to find in the India…

Mark Roland Shand – Elephant Man, Writer And Conservationist

Mark Shand loved life and elephants in equal measure. His untimely demise has left a gaping hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Bittu Sahgal remembers the British writer, adventurer and bon vivant, whose name was synonymous with the pachyderms…

Manglu Baiga – Kanha's Legendary Moving Spirit

Manglu BaigaIt was my first trip to the Kanha Tiger Reserve in the early 1970s, and the late Bhagwan Rekwar said to me even before I entered the forest: “You are going to spend a week with Manglu Baiga, one of the best wildlife people in the world.”…

Zafar Futehally – Acclaimed Ornithologist And Conservationist

Garima BhatiaOne of India’s best known naturalists and ornithologists, Zafar Futehally, passed away on August 11, 2013. Bittu Sahgal remembers one of the pioneers of India’s modern conservation movement.

Gone... But Not Forgotten

Amitabh ChaturvediIndia’s conservation canvas has been painted with a palette of naturalists, activists,journalists, volunteers and environmentalists. Yet, some shades manage to stand out brighter than others – those who have worked at the grassroots…

Rachel Louise Carson: May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964

Rachel CarsonMy hero came alive 20 years after she died. I sat spellbound. Rachael Carson was speaking out her closest thoughts to me, her voice floating out of the dark, as her love of Muir Woods, the sea, of nature itself, carried gently across the room. Every word resonated with my innermost…

S. Dillon Ripley: September 20, 1913 – March 12, 2001

Photograph Courtesy: Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy.He seldom spoke about himself, but he did open up when I met him with Dr. Sálim Ali during the Bombay Natural History Society’s (BNHS) centenary celebrations…

Dr. Robin (Uncle) Banerjee – August 12, 1908–August 5, 2003

Courtesy:Mubina AkhtarBorn in Murshidabad, West Bengal, Robin Banerjee graduated from Liverpool University and after a stint with the British Navy, returned to India, where he worked as the Chief Medical Officer with the Chabua Tea Estate, Assam.

E.R.C. Davidar – October 7, 1922 – April 7, 2010

Priya DavidarA lawyer who was extraordinarily in love with nature. That would accurately describe E.R.C. Davidar. But not enough to do him justice. Let’s add effective conservationist, incredible organiser, charismatic leader and persistent campaigner.

S. Rangaswami: September 8, 1920 – January 10, 2012

Rishi Valley SchoolThe late S. Rangaswami was a teacher who dedicated his life to encouraging children to renew their bonds with nature. Bittu Sahgal writes about the inspiring man and his immeasurable contribution to the field of conservation education.

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