A huge number of people are helping to save the endangered Asian vultures. Many are working in Breeding Centres and in Vulture Safe Zones across the Indian sub-continent.
Kapil Pokhrel is a technician at the National Trust for Nature Conservations Biodiversity Conservation Centre in Chitwan, Nepal.
M. Monirul H. Khan is a wildlife biologist engaged in teaching and research in the field of conservation and monitoring wildlife and wildlife habitats in Bangladesh. Currently he is a Professor of Zoology in Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK for work on the ecology and conservation of Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh.
Dr. Khan is has written many scientific and popular articles and is also a keen wildlife photographer.
Enam Ul Haque studied aeronautical engineering in Pakistan and USA, and business management at IBA, Dhaka University. He worked for Bangladesh Air Force, BRAC and GQ Industries Ltd from 1973 to 2005. He is a member of the Wildlife Advisory Board of the government of Bangladesh.
Enam Ul Haque is the author of Feathered Splendors – a coffee-table book of University Press Limited on the birds of Bangladesh. He was an editor of the Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh – a 56-volume tome in Bangla and English published by Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. His first book was titled Innocent Bangladesh – a photo-album on disadvantaged children published by Cosmos Printing and Publication Limited in 2004. He has a number of publications on bird in Forktail, Stilt, BirdingAsia etc.
Birdwatching, mountaineering and photography are the three enduring hobbies of Enam Ul Haque. He founded the Bangladesh Bird Club and Bangla Mountaineering & Trekking Club that are the leading promoters of birdwatching and mountaineering in Bangladesh. Fifteen major exhibitions of his photographs were held in Bangladesh and abroad (Indonesia, Iran and Singapore). He visited Antarctica in 1997 and the North Pole in 2007.
A.B.M.Sarowar Alam has a Masters and Bachelor in Zoology from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. As a wildlife biologist, Alam has worked with Wetland Biodiversity Rehabilitation Project (WBRP) as a Wildlife Officer and later with CARINAM as wildlife researcher studying Gharials in the Padma and Jamuna River. Afterwards he joined IUCN Bangladesh and worked for Community-based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor and updating the Species Red List of Bangladesh at IUCN. Currently he is the Principal Investigator of the White-rumped Vulture Conservation in Bangladesh along with managing several other projects.
Alam has numerous publications on conservation, nature and wildlife in renowned journals and newspapers and is an editor of Banglar Pakhi (the Bangladesh Bird Club newsletter) and executive editor of Bangladesh Nature Quest – a quarterly magazine published by The Daily Star. One of his major publications is Bangladesher Porijayi Pakhi (Migratory Birds of Bangladesh).
He is a member of Bangladesh Bird Club (BBC) and Oriental Bird Club (OBC) and is an avid birdwatcher, photographer and traveler.
Phearun Sum has a Masters in Biodiversity Conservation from the Royal University of Phnom Penh and BSc in Natural Resources Management from Maharishi Vedic University. Before joining BirdLife International, he was a Trainer Assistant with CEDAC to support the community and district council in building good governance and worked with local communities to improve their livelihood, provide agricultural techniques, and establish community-based eco-tourism with CRDT. He has 8+ years experience with BirdLife International on key species conservation and research projects. He has more than 7 years experience leading and coordinating White-shouldered Ibis and Giant Ibis conservation in Cambodia, and 3 years coordinating Vulture Conservation Project with key partners including BirdLife, WWF, WCS and ACCB.
He is the author and co-author of several peer-reviewed papers related to Ibises and Vultures and Species Action Plans. He is an expert on GIS, a member and advisor for Cambodian Nature Birding Club (CNBC).
Simon is the Senior Technical Advisor for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cambodia program. He oversees the technical aspects of WCS’s conservation work throughout Cambodia, and also advises directly on implementation of their vulture conservation program in the Northern Plains. Simon has been working for WCS in Cambodia for more than five years, and has been based in Southeast Asia since 2008. Prior to that he worked at BirdLife International, and studied for his Masters at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Simon has recently begun a PhD on Bengal Florican at Charles Darwin University, Australia. Simon has been a keen birder all of his life.
Oliver Gray-Read has coordinated vulture conservation efforts for the Angkor Centre for Conservation Biodiversity (ACCB) in Northern Cambodia since 2013. In 2006 Oliver volunteered at the ‘Birds of Prey Conservation Centre’ in Croatia, engaged in the conservation of a sea-cliff nesting colony of Gyps fulvus, and became fascinated by vultures.
After finishing University, Oliver was responsible for the design and implementation of vulture awareness and monitoring programs for the conservation NGO ‘Society for Mahseer Conservancy’ (Corbett Tiger Reserve, India) for which he was awarded the ‘Conservation Hero Award’ for vulture conservation by the National Park Director at WWF Wildlife Week. Later Oliver completed a ‘Californian Condor Internship’ with the Ventana Wildlife Society in Big Sur, California. In addition to working with vultures, Oliver has many years’ employment experience in the UK implementing habitat management plans for Biodiversity Action Plans and in removal of invasive species.
A native of Nairobi, Dr Munir Virani’s young passion may have been cricket, but it was during his tournament prize trips to game reserves that he found his true calling: wildlife…and more specifically, the kind of wildlife people are disgusted by – birds of prey. Munir earned his PhD at the University of Leicester in the UK where he did his field work looking at the ecology and behaviour of Augur buzzards and began working as a raptor biologist at the Peregrine Fund, devoted to the conservation of birds of prey worldwide, where he later became the Director of the Africa Program. Munir has been involved in the Asian Vulture Crisis Program since the very first historic meeting held in New Delhi in September 2000. Munir currently conducts raptor research in East Africa, in India and Nepal. He has spoken on the TED Platform about his passion for vultures and is an accomplished wildlife photographer. During his free time, he loves playing cricket, squash and golf.
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