Tuesday, 22nd of January 2019



*BNHS received the HT for Mumbai Award 2014 in the organization category.

*Vulture Safe Zone initiated in Madhya Pradesh with Rio Tinto


*Nagpur (Raj Bhavan) Education Centre set up

*Kirloskar Vasundhara Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr Asad Rahmani

*Member of Honour Award, by BirdLife International to Dr Asad Rahmani, Director

2012: BNHS – the nodal organization for global NGO Alliance of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at COP-11 

2008: BNHS completes 125 years 

 2007: Project Mangrove launched 

 2005: Conservation Education Centre set up in Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in Delhi

 2004: Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme launched

2003: Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award (Institution Category) to BNHS.

1999: Important Bird Areas (IBA) programme launched

1998: EIA study of Dabhol Hazira gas pipeline project for AIC Watson Company 


*Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar to Mr J C Daniel (former director) by GOI

*Study on Ecology of Indian Grasslands in collaboration with USFWS and Aligadh Muslim University 

1996: ENVIS Centre established in BNHS by GOI

1995: Ecological assessment of proposed mining near Radhanagari Sanctuary in Maharashtra for INDAL

1994: Study of the birds of Sriharikota in association with ISRO


*BNHS played important role in getting extending Phansad Sanctuary in Maharashtra for Giant Squirrel

*Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) cell established in BNHS

*Rediscovery of Sálim Ali’s Fruit Bat in Tamil Nadu

*Study of butterfly species in SGNP 

1990: Global 500 Award to BNHS by UNEP for its environmental achievement 

1988: Rollapadu in Andhra Pradesh was declared a sanctuary for Great India Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps based on BNHS recommendation under its Endangered Species Project.

1987: Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar to BNHS for outstanding achievement in the field of nature conservation (BNHS was the first recipient of this award) 

1986: Rediscovery of rare Jerdon’s Courser in Andhra Pradesh  

1985: Nannaj was included in the Great India Bustard Sanctuary, Maharashtra based on BNHS recommendation 

1984: BNHS played important role in getting Madhmeshwar in Maharashtra declared a sanctuary for migratory birds 


*BNHS completes 100 years

*Government of Maharashtra donated 33 acres of land near Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) - Goregaon side - to BNHS to established the Conservation Education Centre (CEC) 

1982-88: Ecological study of bird hazard at Indian airports in association with the Ministry of Defense, GOI 

1980: Ecological studies in Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary (Rajasthan) and Point Calimere Sanctuary (Tamil Nadu) in association with US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

1976: Dr Sálim Ali – former BNHS president – awarded Padma Vibhushan by GOI 

1972: BNHS does a study on Gir Lion in association with Smithsonian Institute, Yale University and Government of Gujarat 

1971: BNHS played important role in getting Silent Valley in Kerala declared a sanctuary for Nilgiri Tahr stopped construction of Dam

1965: Permanent housing for Society’s collection and office construction of Hornbill House completed with GOI grant – BNHS shifts office to Hornbill House

1958: Dr Sálim Ali – former BNHS president – awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India (GOI) 

1957: Post-graduate department affiliated to Mumbai University established 

1951: BNHS closely involved in developing Bombay Wild Animal and Wild Bird Protection Act 1951, which later became the basis of Wildlife Protection Act 1972 

1933: Former BNHS curator Mr S H Prater presented paper on “Problems of Wildlife Protection in India” at Golden Jubilee celebration.

1929-30: Vernay Scientific Survey of Eastern Ghats

1927: Sálim Ali joins BNHS. 

1911-1923: Mammal Survey of India

1886: BNHS Journal started to publish 

1883: BNHS established by 8 naturalists (6 British and 2 Indians) to study the natural history of the subcontinent