Case Study


 RAJEN PANIKA Recipient of Special Forest Guard Awards, 2015 - Assam

Rajen joined the Forest Department of Kaziranga National Park in December,1992 and since then he has dedicatedly and tirelessly worked towards protecting and conserving the forests and its wildlife. His alert and intuitive presence of mind has helped save several rhinos from being poached. Today, Rajen serves as a Forest Guard in Kaziranga, and he has contributed signicantly in the conservation of the Indian Rhinoceros.


AMAR SING DEKA Recipient of Special Forest Guard Awards, 2015 - Assam

Amar sing has dedicated more than 25 years of forest service in Kaziranga Tiger Reserve. Known for his fearless attitude and nature, Amar joined as a Home Guard in Kaziranga National Park in the late 1990s. During the same time, he was also fatally attacked by a Wild Bualo while on duty. After recovering from the accident, Amar joined the department as a worker on protection duty to combat poaching activities inside the Park.


PEMA THINLEY Recipient of Special Forest Guard Awards, 2015 - Bhutan

Pema’s multifaceted contribution to conservation through his work as a Range Ocer in dierent beats in Bhutan has been proven to be invaluable. He has been providing law enforcement and technical guidance to farmers and local government bodies in matters pertaining to wildlife and forestry. He is also involved in the working and implementation of human-wildlife conict mitigation measures in Bhutan.


 DHARMISTHA MEDHI DAS receiving the Special Forest Guard Awards, 2015 - Assam

Posted in the Bonda Forest Camp under the Guwahati Wildlife Division, Dharmistha is a sincere and brave forest guard. She is particularly well known for her dedication towards wildlife, and is also a part of the impressive lineup of Kaziranga’s forest patrolling personnel. She has displayed tremendous leadership qualities and presence of mind during her patrolling duties. Her contribution to the wildlife of Bonda area is indispensable.


NAMITA KALITA Recipient of Special Forest Guard Awards, 2015 - Assam

Posted at Ghorakati Range under Kaziranga National Park, Namita has been instrumental in resolving various dicult situations arising within the park. Her passion and dedication for wildlife has led to her taking immense initiative in her work. She is also known to have great leadership qualities; one of the examples of her exemplary work was during the oods that hit Kaziranga in 2014, wherein she tirelessly engaged in rescue operations of wild animals.


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.


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.


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