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1
Mapped all the 100 corridors used by Asian elephants in India, drew out a green-print to secure them and worked out four model securements.

2  Canopies, corridors and catchments of the Garo Green Spine protected using three flagship species in 12 village reserves in the Garo Hills, Meghalaya.

Pioneered systematic wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife health monitoring as tools for conservation in India in partnership with IFAW.

4  Raised consciousness of judiciary, enforcement agencies and public to the word wildlife crime and started a whole new arena of the fight against crime.

5  More than 15,000 wildlife staff of over 150 protected areas have been imparted Level 1 anti-poaching training. Also, more than 20,000 staff have been insured against death on duty.

6  Lobbied to make the whale shark the first fish to be protected under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, in India and ensured its protection by a massive on ground campaign in Gujarat.

7 Showed how to bring back a once neglected Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar and increased tiger and prey numbers in the park.

8  Manas National Park removed from the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in danger and tripled in size politically with several endangered species being restocked

Species recovery project saves the progenitor of the world’s buffalo stock; the endangered Central India wild buffalo and increases its numbers in Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh.

10  Not a single elephant killed by trains in Rajaji National Park for over a decade (2001-11) after a project was undertaken to stop elephants deaths in Uttarakhand.

11 Shahtoosh formally banned in Jammu and Kashmir and a rainbow-product called Pashm-e-Shahi created, creating a sustainable alternative model.

12  Exposed the illegal mongoose hair brush trade, lobbied and got all mongoose species protection under the Wildlife Protection Act.

13  Persuaded the Nyishi tribe around Pakker Tiger Reserve to use fibre glass hornbill beaks in Arunachal Pradesh instead of killing four hornbill species and using their beaks to adorn their headgear.

14  First comprehensive survey of markhor (Capra falconeri) the largest goat in the world, triggers declaration of Kazinag National Park and expansion of Hirpura wildlife sanctuary in Jammu and Kashmir.

15 Played a supportive role to the Indian government in its fight against re-opening the ivory trade at CITES ensuring several years without ivory trade.

16  Played a key role in building the only global intergovernmental forum on tigers-the Global Tiger Forum.

17  Assisted in expanding India’s protected area network by getting new reserves demarcated in Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

18  Highlighted snares as killers of tigers and their prey in southern India and assisted in India’s first anti-snare walks in Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka.

19 Conducted India’s first private-public restoration of a degraded coral reef in Mithapur in Gujarat.

20 Eradicated the dancing bear tradition in India and rehabilitated Kalandars in four states.

21 Led a campaign in Nagaland to conserve the Amur falcons, who were being hunted in tens of thousands. No falcons were killed in 2013 and 2014 as a result of this.
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