Chander Singh Negi

He is however known more as Jolly Uncle. Jolly joined the Forest Department in Garwal as a dakwallah or postman in 1956 when he was just 16. Also known as The Tiger Man of Corbett Jolly has witnessed when India’s finest national park Hailey National Park was renamed as the Ramganga National Park and then in 1956 as the Corbett National Park and finally he saw Project Tiger being launched from the  Corbett Tiger Reserve in 1973. Jolly has never known fear and never will. While serving with the forest department he has caught several poachers and has caught hunting army soldiers, a member of legislative...
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Harak Singh Aswal

A pioneer ornithologist in Uttarakhand. This simple and revered Forester has served the forest department for over 35 years. Known as “the pelican” Harak Singh was a genius with his knowledge of birds. Birdwatching series particularly from U.K. were promoted by his name in the Seventies and eighties. Even the late Rajiv Gandhi would keenly participate in the birdwalks led by Harak Singh in the Dhikala chaur (grassland) as many other state guests. The last few years of service was spent as an instructor at the Kalagarh Training Institute. Far from the hustle and bustle Harak Sing Aswal...
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Dr James Romesh Mehta, by Sumantha Ghosh

General Practitioner from Shorpshire UK, this avid angler, dedicated son and husband and dreamer is truly an unsung hero. James first trip to Uttarakhand was in the monsoons of 2001 and organized a fishing trip into the upstream sections of the Ramganga. It was here that he really reeled in my first Mahseer and proudly let is go. This was a turning point in my life. Eventually when I wanted to develop a community based wilderness fishing loge on the Ramganga James stood by me and helped in every way possible. Not only did we manage to development a unique wilderness lodge but managed to conserve...
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Misty Dhillon

Bitten by the Mahseer bug back in 1994, a decade later he teamed up with Mickey Sidhu and started The Himalayan Outback. Misty and his team set off on several exploratory trips in pursuit of the finest rivers of Northern / North Eastern India. They soon recognized the need for sustainability of these unique fisheries for and through game-fishing. Sustainable & ethical sporting practices /anti-poaching initiatives. Early initiatives included involvement in the Upper Giri Mahseer protection program – this got off to a flying start due to great support from the villages in the vicinity,...
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Prosenjit Das Gupta

Veteran naturalist, fisherman and author is always more than eager to advice on issues related to conservation and nature travels. Prosenjit Das Gupta was born in August 1944 in Calcutta and educated at St. Xavier’s School and Presidency College. An avid nature traveller he has been to numerous sanctuaries and wilderness areas in India since 1968, when places like Kanha, Manas, Kaziranga, Corbett, Palamau, Nameri were hardly visited by any one. An avid birder since 1972, he is one of the first of the Calcutta bird-watchers to see and photograph White-winged wood-duck in Nameri in 1992. Prosenjit...
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Laurie Burette

Laurie is a French student and was based at Ringora to study the wildlife corridor between Corbett Tiger Reserve and the adjoining forest of Ramnagar Forest Division with us during three months, focusing on tigers’ movement. She went every morning walking on the road to notice any animal been killed by vehicles and also walked in the main nulla (seasonal stream) in Ringora used by wildlife, including tigers, to go from the Corbett Tiger Reserve to the Kosi River and beyond. In this nulla, she was looking for any signs of tiger or elephant and when there was, she took pictures of the pugmarks....
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Jacob Graham-Savoie

Jacob worked with us for the conservation of Indian vultures in general and more specifically the critically endangered White-rumped vulture, during three months. Their big decline is due to the use of an anti-inflammatory drug, Diclofenac, which is given to the cattle when sick. The problem with this drug is that when it is ingested by the vultures, it makes them die in few days. And only one carcass is enough to eradicate a whole colony. While he was here, Jacob stayed at Ringora’s homestay. It was an ideal place to work since there is a colony of White-rumped vultures in three trees, located...
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Ruth Sophia Padel

A prize-winning British poet who also writes acclaimed non-fiction including the bestseller Tiger in Red Wether. There was much to be learnt from this conservation genius greatly concerned with Tiger conservation during her visit to Corbett National park and stay at Vanghat. Ruth Padel is a fellow both of the Royal Society of Literature and the Zoological Society of London, a Member both of the Royal Geographical Society and Bombay Natural History Society. She has won the UK National Poetry Competition; individual poems from her seven collections have been widely anthologized, broadcast, and short...
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Rishad Naoroji

Few in the Indian subcontinent have  done more for birds of prey conservation than Rishad. During the “Corbett Vulture Campaign” much of his work was taken as referrence. Raptor man of India Rishad is the project co-ordinator on Doongerwadi Advisory Committee for the Parsi Vulture Project, which calls for interaction with the Ministry & State Governments. Rishad has carried out exhausted researcher and field observation on raptors and worked on their conservation. Has worked closely with the BNHS as Research Associate; currently an active Executive Committee member BNHS and Chairman...
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Rajiv Bhartari

I ain’t got time I got a race to run. It may not be rude to call this bone honest forest officer a workaholic. Anyone would be if they knew that we are running out of time on the planet. Rajiv has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in botany from Delhi University. In addition, he has received training in wildlife management at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Like his father Rajiv Bhartari went on to join the Indian Forest Service of the Uttarakhand Cadre. Corbett Park is certainly his second love if not first. He has served as the Deputy Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve for six...
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