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Naturalist Profile


Imran Khan

Imran Khan

Imran (28), a wildlife enthusiast, has deep knowledge of flora and fauna species. Being from the nearby buffer village, he has expertise in the local wildlife. He is well-known among the locals, as he saved several villagers & reptiles. He keeps himself involved with various wildlife awareness creation programs.
A regular visitor in local schools, he educates the children about wildlife. At present, he is also working for the conservation of Indian wolf in the buffer areas of Pench Tiger Reserve. Imran also has a fondness towards the Breeding and life cycle of species, Manifestation of geological structures, and conservation-related topics.


Priyabrata Das

Priyabrata Das

Priyabrata, a young passionate boy hails from Kolkata. From a tender age he was passionate towards wildlife and that brings him to his first job as a senior zoo keeper in a Private Zoo named PARADISE AVIARIES in Bangalore. He was in charge of nurturing the  mammals, marsupials, reptiles and also a few species of endangered birds.

He was also connected with several local NGO's in Kolkata to contribute in snake awareness programs in villages and schools. He also rescued several snakes in these years.

He has work experience with various national parks such as PENCH TIGER RESERVE & KANHA TIGER RESERVE in Madhya Pradesh, and the NAGZIRA TIGER RESERVE in Maharashtra. He has participated in surveys conducted for Bird Estimation organized by the District Social Forestry and NCBS

He is quite adventurous and has completed his Rock climbing course from H.M.A. 


Ratan Lal Tanan

Ratan Lal Tanan

Ratan (50 yrs) popularly known as Ratanji is originally from Rajasthan but has been in Pench since 2000. Even though he has not taken any formal training as a naturalist, he has acquired appreciable knowledge of the forest and its denizens during his long stays in the jungles while working as a contractor for the forest department. His special connect with the locals, especially guides and gypsy drivers, enables him to understand the animal movements on previous days and gives him an edge in planning the drives. He makes up for his inability to speak or understand English by his enthusiasm and efforts.


Jigar Vaidya

Jigar Vaidya

Jigar (24 yrs), a spirited wildlife enthusiast, with extensive knowledge about bird species through sound identification. He has work experience with various national parks such as JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK (Uttarakhand), PENCH TIGER RESERVE (Madhya Pradesh), and also with GIR NATIONAL PARK (Gujarat).

He is a trained personnel in animal handling with specialization in reptiles, from the CROCODILE HANDLING TRUST, GUJARAT. During his work experience he has also worked with the department of TAJ CORBETT RESORT & SPA.

He has surveyed upon: Crocodile population estimation organized by District Social Forestry, Vadodara Gujarat; Birds population estimation organized by Transpek Silox Company; Carnivorous population estimation organized by District Social Forestry. He also took part in the Leopard and Bear census in Jambugodha Wildlife Division, & was also a part of vulture census organized by Gir Foundation. Jigar has also volunteered in All India Tiger estimation 2018 organized by Pench Tiger Reserve. 


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