Life Member. Former Chairman, BNHS Conservation Sub-committee. Fighting since past 30 years to protect the species in Satpuda landscape including forest owlet,wild buffalo and tiger. Member of Maharashtra state Board for Wildlife and served on Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife and Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board. Designed and implementing a community-based conservation model in Satpuda landscape forests like Pench, Melghat, Kanha, Satpuda Navegaon-Nagzira and Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve.
Dr Asad Rahmani
Director of BNHS from 1997 to 2015. He has written more than 150 peer-reviewed research papers in national and international journals, 25 books and numerous popular articles and research papers. Principal research interest is conservation of bustards, storks and cranes, and other threatened species, as well as grassland habitats. A Ph.D. guide and Principal Investigator of many prestigious projects of BNHS, including Important Bird Areas (IBA) Programme of BirdLife International, RSPB and BNHS.
M.Sc. Ph.D. (Environmental Science)
Wildlife enthusiast, working in this field since 22 years. Presently, Honorary Wildlife Warden of Amravati, President of Maharashtra Pakshimitra, and IBCN State Coordinator. Served as a member on Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board. Awarded doctorate on “Biodiversity of Butterflies of Satpuda” in 2008. Authored 4 books in Marathi and co-authored “IBA’s of Maharashtra” published by BNHS. Published more than 55 Research papers and notes.
Dr. Shubhalaxmi Vaylure Munuswamy Reddy
M.Sc. Ph.D.; Life Member
Entomologist, educationist, and entrepreneur, Working for over two decades in the environment sector, especially eco-restoration. Founded Ladybird Environmental Consulting, Nature Watch Foundation, and Birdwing Publishers. Developed environmental mobile apps and online courses. Involved in rejuvenation and reforestation works to improve biodiversity. Authored Field Guide to Indian Moths. Fulbright Fellow and Hubert Humphrey Fellow, Member of the IUCN group on Conservation Education and National Moth Week. Winner of Green Teacher Award of Kirloskar Vasundhara.
Actively involved, over two decades, in conservation of threatened species and important habitats, including PIL to save Bustard habitats in India. Successfully opposed Gargai Dam project in Tansa WLS. Member of three IUCN Commissions and Indian National Committee of IUCN-India. Conservation Fellow of Born Free Foundation. Member of BNHS Conservation and Programme Sub-committees. Director of The Corbett Foundation. Authored several articles/books on wildlife. Recipient of Awards/Recognitions in the field of conservation.
Dr. Parvish Kantilal Pandya
Ph.D. Zoology; Membership Number: L 355
BNHS Life Member since 1978; Former Vice-Principal and Associate Professor of Zoology at Bhavan’s College, Mumbai; Consultant Director, Science and Conservation, Sanctuary Nature Foundation; Mentor, Research Guide, Educator; Organised hundreds of environment-based programmes for BNHS members, nature guides, forest departments, teachers, corporates, administrators, armed forces; Facilitated, edited, devised environment education material; Project Leader for ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation; Recipient of awards and accolades; advocates and practices sustainable lifestyle.
Rohan Madhukar Bhate-Shah
Working on Ornithology and Herpetofauna in Western Ghats since past three decades. Helped Forest Department rescue of leopards, birds, & herpetofauna. Honorary Wildlife Warden–Satara, working on Indian Pangolin Committee of Maharashtra Govt.. Volunteering with WCCB-MoEF&CC and helped Forest Department conduct raids and arrest 142 offenders in four years. Contributed to Maharashtra Wildlife Action Plan. Received several awards, including the prestigious International Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
One of the few pioneering conservationists of north-east India involved in conservation since 1980s, his student days. As a result of Kulojyoti and other conservationists’ advocacy and outreach efforts, Chakrashila, a prime habitat of Golden Langur was declared a wildlife sanctuary, Kaziranga’s 6th addition area was added to the Kaziranga NP. He surveyed many IBAs and wrote more than 110 IBA accounts. As staff of BNHS he raised funds for BNHS through projects.
Mr R. Sreenivasa Murthy
A Biology graduate, M.Sc (Forestry-IGNFA) and PG Diploma in WL Management (WH), and M.PhiI in Botany, retired as APCCF from Madhya Pradesh. Started systematic vulture study in Panna and MP. A Tiger Reintroduction and State Wetland expert, he revived the falling tiger population in Panna. Received Baagh Mitra (WWF-lndia-PATA), RBS Earth Hero Award, MP State Gaurav Samman, and CM’s Excellence Award.