Mr. Eric D'Cunha: Born on 07th July 1959,in Dakshina Kannada distt., of Karanataka. Grew up on the foothills of the Western Ghats and Coffee estates. Wildlife enthusiasm from childhood and encouragement from parents.

Studied at St. aloysius College, with Botany and Zoology and chemistry from Mysore University in 1980.Associated with the Mangalore Wildlife Trust,volunteered in the snake exhibitions organised by the Trust in 1979,1980.

Joined the Bombay Natural History Society, in 1980 November as a research Asst. worked as a demonstrator at The Snake exhibition organised by the BNHS at Cross Maidan Mumbai to educate the general public.Continued with the Society as a Junior Field Biologist, at Point Calimere sanctuary, in the Avifauna Project sponsored by the US fish and Wildlife Service.

Assisted late Mr. Humayun Abdulali. one of the finest Naturalists of our times in cataloguing the bird collection(taxonomy). 2 years of Field research as a Field Biologist in the Karera Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary from 1984 to April 1986 on the Great INdian Bustard, a highly endangered and endemic species.1986 June to October,in Ladakh to study the highly endangered Black Necked Crane,breeding in the Marshes of Ladakh in Summer. a project co sponsopred by the J& K govt and the BNHS.

Took up the job of a Senior Naturalist with Indian Adventures at Kanha in 1986 October,became Resort Manager in 1987.Ever since.have lived in Central India.Indian Adventures set up another resort at Bandhavgarh in 1993. Became the GM operations for C. India. Elected by the Jungle lodges Association of Kanha,as the President in March 2010.Holding the Hon. Post till date.Quit from Indian adventures in October, 2011.

Appointed by the Madhya Pradesh Govt. as a member of the Tiger steering Committee, in 2009.

Published a Check- list of the Birds Of Kanha, in 1998 which is still a reference guide to Birders and researchers alike.Published several notes in the Journal of the BNHS, on the fauna of C. India, including a few new species not recorded earlier for the region.


Mr. Zian Shirazi: Born on the 22nd of July 1970, in Bangalore, Karnataka. He was raised in the remote forward Air Force camps of India, which were the start to his keen interests in the outdoors.

A Commerce graduate from Osmania University, he passed out in 1992.

By profession He was into Property/Facility management for many reputed companies like Nokia, Keppeland, Sun microsystems, L&T etc.

He was actively involved in Snake rescue and conservation in Bangalore from 2002. This was when he began to realize his keen interest in wildlife and its conservation.

His interest in wildlife developed and he progressed into birding and photography where he developed a good knowledge of the birds found in the South and central parts of India.

In 2016 he realized his dreams and passion for wildlife and joined Baghtola - Bandhavgarh as a Naturalist after being in the "cooperate world" for over 22+ years.

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