With Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) and Master of Engineering (M.E.) degrees in Computer Science from Amaravati, Kishor Rithe completed training in Estimating Wild Animal Populations, by Karnataka Forest Dept. & Wildlife Conservation Soc., New York. A number of training programs were conducted by him in conservation of wildlife, the special one being ‘personal training given by Hon. Mr. Al Gore’ as a climate change activist in 2008; under the climate program of India. He has 20 years of work experience in the field of wildlife protection, conservation, nature education and wildlife research. He also has a wide experience of working on different Govt. Committees.
Atul Dhamankar is born and brought up in Chandrapur. An ardent nature lover and wildlife enthusiast, he has spent over 20 years in the Indian forests for studying tigers and other wildlife. Atul mainly studied tigers in Tadoba, Andhari Tiger Reserve and Pench Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra with many National and International organizations. His tiger study has been pioneering and inspiring for many youth who want to make their career in this field. He has also studied Sarus Crane, the largest flying bird of India. Atul is an award winning wildlife photographer. He has conducted over 5,000 presentations and lectures across India to create awareness about wildlife. He has written 8 books on wildlife, many of which have received prestigious awards.
Srushti Paryavaran Mandal
Srushti Paryavaran Mandal, Nagpur is a non profit, non Govt. organisation (NGO) established in 2005 with the objective of working towards the cause of nature conservation. The projects range from wildlife protection, water conservation, reforestation, plantation, wildlife resque, prevention of forest land diversion etc. Since 2005 Srushti is working in association with Pench Tiger Reserve. It i was instrumental in setting up a platform called ‘Ekjoot’ which successfully lobbied against a proposed coal mining project near Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve. After a tough resistance of over 16 months the proposal was scrapped.