Awards

Case Study: KIRON RABHA

KIRON RABHA receiving the Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Born in a family with a strong lineage of mahouts, Kiron was born with an inherent understanding of the gentle giants. His family has always had the legacy of capturing wild elephants. His upbringing was in an environment wherein he was fortunate enough to learn about all tricks regarding the mela shikar, traditional medicines and training of wild elephants. Kiron joined the forest department as a grass cutter in 1990, but was later promoted as a mahout in 1999.

Case Study: SUKLA DAS

SUKLA DAS  Recipient of Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Born and brought up in Patosali village in Balipara Reserve Forest, Sukla is an extraordinary individual and mahout with immense traditional knowledge about nature, wildlife and communities. Sukla is known for his forest stories and is also considered an expert boatman, guide and naturalist. He is very well informed regarding the whereabouts on every nook and corner of Nameri National Park.

Case Study: MONGAL GHATOWAL

MONGAL GHATOWAL Recipient of Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Starting o as a grass cutter in Assam Forest department, Mongal Ghatowal, now a reputed and retired ‘Mahout’ is a highly respected individual and is known for his love for elephants. The forest department were able to see his talent and passion towards communicating with elephants as so he was appointed as a mahout. Hi is particularly known for his courage and ability of managing ‘dicult’ elephants.

Case Study: MONGAL GHATOWAL

MONGAL GHATOWAL Recipient of Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Starting o as a grass cutter in Assam Forest department, Mongal Ghatowal, now a reputed and retired ‘Mahout’ is a highly respected individual and is known for his love for elephants. The forest department were able to see his talent and passion towards communicating with elephants as so he was appointed as a mahout. Hi is particularly known for his courage and ability of managing ‘dicult’ elephants.

Case Study: BHUMIDHAR DEKA

BHUMIDHAR DEKA  Recipient of Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Bhumidhar is a skilled forest worker who has been serving as a mahout in Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary since 2011. Deka is an expert in Rhino behavior, and he begun working in Pabitora in 1993. During which he recovered three rhino horns from the sanctuary premises and handed them over to the forest department. Since 1993, Deka has been responsible in the bringing back multiple straying rhinos that may have wandered outside protected areas. He also has a strong rapport with the local community members near Pabitora.

Case Study: PURNA CHANDRA RABHA

PURNA CHANDRA RABHA Recipient of Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Purna Chandra began as a Mahout back in 1945. Back then, a young Purna started o by being an assistant to the trainer mahout. He then learnt the art of handling and interacting with elephants. Since then, Purna Chandra has dedicatedly served the Assam Forest Department as a dedicated and passionate mahout and immersed his life towards the conservation of Asian Elephants

Case Study: PURNA CHANDRA RABHA

PURNA CHANDRA RABHA Recipient of Mark Shand Mahout Awards, 2014 - Assam

Purna Chandra began as a Mahout back in 1945. Back then, a young Purna started o by being an assistant to the trainer mahout. He then learnt the art of handling and interacting with elephants. Since then, Purna Chandra has dedicatedly served the Assam Forest Department as a dedicated and passionate mahout and immersed his life towards the conservation of Asian Elephants

Case Study: DR. KASHMIRA KAKATI

DR. KASHMIRA KAKATI receiving the Ecological Restoration Awards, 2014 - Assam

Born and brought up in Assam, Dr. Kashmira Kakati is a Wildlife Biologist working towards safeguarding a patch of 500 km² of rainforest in Jeypore-Dehing lowlands which includes Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam. She completed her post-graduation from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun and her doctoral studies from Cambridge University on ‘The Impact of Forest Fragmentation on Hoolock Gibbons in Assam’. Kashmira then took a break between 2002 and 2007 to raise her family with fellow Elephant Biologist Husband, Dr. Christy Williams.

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