The Founders

In 1883, eight nature-loving residents of Bombay decided to exchange notes and exhibit interesting specimens of natural history. They came together at Bombay’s Victoria and Albert Museum on September 15 and constituted the Bombay Natural History Society. Of them, two were Indians.

  • Dr. D. MacDonald
  • Mr. E. H. Aitken
  • Col. C Swinhoe
  • Mr. J. C. Anderson
  • Mr. J Johnston
  • Dr. Atmaram Pandurang
  • Dr. G A Maconochie
  • Dr. Sakharam Arjun

An illustrious past

These founders, along with the benefactors who nourished the Society, helped it gain a firm footing as a nature conservation organization of India.

During its journey from an amateur organization to a professional one, the guiding principle of BNHS has been conservation work based on scientific research – a tradition exemplified by its former president, Dr Sálim Ali, a world-renowned ornithologist and recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan, the second and third highest civilian awards of the Republic of India, respectively.

The Society's museum in 1888

The Society's museum in 1921

Leaves from the past

Celebrating BNHS

This documentary was made on the occasion of completing 125 years
in the service of nature.