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Who we are

Chris Bowden

A huge number of people are involved with working to conserve Asia's vulture populations. Some work full time, some part-time, some for a few weeks and many are volunteers. However, all are committed to securing a future for vultures and without them the programme would not function.

SAVE Board Members

Professor David Houston

Chairman

Professor David Houston is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at Glasgow University, UK.

Dr Deepak Apte

Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), India

Director BNHS.

Dr Narendra Man Babu Pradhan

Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN)

Director of BCN.

Govinda Gajurel

National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Nepal

Member Secretary for the NTNC, Nepal.

Jemima Parry-Jones

International Centre for Birds of Prey, UK

Jemima Parry-Jones (MBE) has worked at and subsequently run the International Centre for Birds of Prey, from its beginnings in 1967. The Centre is the oldest dedicated bird of prey centre world-wide and the largest in terms of species held. It leads the world in the number of species bred and shares that information widely to people who require help in conservation breeding programmes, the most long term and significant being the vulture conservation project in Nepal and India. The Centre accepts wild raptors for rehabilitation and works with universities on research projects. Most recently the use of tags and harnesses of birds of prey. She is working on vulture conservation and other raptor programmes in South Asia, South Africa and Bulgaria. In the UK the Centre has recently started a Little Owl nest box programme locally in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, working in apple orchards as the counties are famous for their orchards and cider. ICBP became a charity in 2015.

She served as Chair for the Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) for Falconiformes and Strigiformes for the zoo society in Britain and Europe and has written the husbandry guides which are followed by zoos all over the world She has served as a Director for the Raptor Research Foundation on and off, from 1994 – 2015. She was honoured with an MBE from the Queen for services to bird conservation in 1999.

Mrs. Parry-Jones consults for a variety of agencies, governments, and organizations worldwide on matters related to birds of prey. She is the author of a number of books and has co-authored a number of scientific papers, most recently on the vulture decline in India. She has been working in India and Nepal on the critically endangers vultures since 1999.

She is passionate about birds of prey, conservation education, and the welfare of captive birds and the responsibility of those utilizing them in zoos.

Dr Tim Stowe

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK

Director of International Operations, RSPB (UK).

Dr Uzma Khan

WWF Pakistan

Head of WWF Pakistan Vulture Programme.

Alam Sarowar Dipu

Principle Investigator of the White-rumped Vulture Conservation Bangladesh

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.

SAVE Programme Manager

Chris Bowden

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK

Chris Bowden is Programme Manager for SAVE, and Globally Threatened Species Officer for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).  He has been coordinating the Asian Vulture Programme in South Asia since 2004, and has been the Co-Chair of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group (VSG) since its formation in 2011.  Since 1999, Chris has also been the Coordinator of the African-Eurasian Waterbirds Agreement (AEWA) International Working Group for (the Critically Endangered) Northern Bald Ibis, and Chair of the International Advisory Group for Northern Bald Ibis.

His experience over the past 30 years is mainly with Critically Endangered bird species in Africa, Asia, the UK and the Caribbean, both as a research ecologist and as a coordinator in recent years.  Chris is currently based in Bangalore, India with regular UK visits to the RSPB.

Technical Advisory Committee

Professor Rhys Green

RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, UK & University of Cambridge, UK

Professor of Conservation Science, Cambridge University. Principle Research Biologist, RSPB.

Dr Vibhu Prakash

Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), India

Head of Vulture Programme & Deputy Director, BNHS.

Toby Galligan

RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, UK

Toby is a Conservation Scientist in the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of SAVE. He manages the vulture science programme for the RSPB, working closely with SAVE’s BirdLife partners in India and Nepal. In the past five years, he has developed expertise in: monitoring vulture populations, NSAID availability in pharmacies and NSAID prevalence in livestock carcasses; studying the ecology of red-headed vultures, the effect of conservation activities and cost of vulture declines; and developing safety-testing protocols, satellite telemetry methods and resources for advocacy and awareness-raising.

Krishna Paudel Bhusal

Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN)

Vulture Conservation Programme Officer, BCN.

Nic Masters

Zoological Society of London (ZSL), UK

Head Veterinarian, ZSL.

Campbell Murn

Hawk Conservancy Trust, UK

Campbell is Head of Conservation and Research and principal scientist at the Hawk Conservancy Trust (HCT), a conservation charity based in England that focuses on birds of prey. He was formerly curator of the zoological collection at HCT and has nearly 20 years’ experience of raptors in captivity – their welfare, husbandry and breeding. His PhD was on the ecology of the White-headed Vulture in southern Africa and although involved in a variety of research areas (from reintroduction biology to behavioural studies and wildlife rehabilitation), the main focus of his research is the ecology of raptors, and in particular vultures.

He is a core member of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group and also Editor of Vulture News the scientific journal of the group. He is a member of the SAVE Technical Advisory Committee and a keen sportsman.

Chris Parish

The Peregrine Fund, USA

Condor Recovery Programme Director, The Peregrine Fund.

Dr Mohini Saini

Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), India

Principle Scientist, Biochemistry Division at IVRI.

Naresh Subedi

National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Nepal

Programme Coordinator, Biodiversity Conservation Centre, at NTNC.

Jemima Parry-Jones

International Centre for Birds of Prey, UK

Jemima Parry-Jones (MBE) has worked at and subsequently run the International Centre for Birds of Prey, from its beginnings in 1967. The Centre is the oldest dedicated bird of prey centre world-wide and the largest in terms of species held. It leads the world in the number of species bred and shares that information widely to people who require help in conservation breeding programmes, the most long term and significant being the vulture conservation project in Nepal and India. The Centre accepts wild raptors for rehabilitation and works with universities on research projects. Most recently the use of tags and harnesses of birds of prey. She is working on vulture conservation and other raptor programmes in South Asia, South Africa and Bulgaria. In the UK the Centre has recently started a Little Owl nest box programme locally in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, working in apple orchards as the counties are famous for their orchards and cider. ICBP became a charity in 2015.

She served as Chair for the Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) for Falconiformes and Strigiformes for the zoo society in Britain and Europe and has written the husbandry guides which are followed by zoos all over the world She has served as a Director for the Raptor Research Foundation on and off, from 1994 – 2015. She was honoured with an MBE from the Queen for services to bird conservation in 1999.

Mrs. Parry-Jones consults for a variety of agencies, governments, and organizations worldwide on matters related to birds of prey. She is the author of a number of books and has co-authored a number of scientific papers, most recently on the vulture decline in India. She has been working in India and Nepal on the critically endangers vultures since 1999.

She is passionate about birds of prey, conservation education, and the welfare of captive birds and the responsibility of those utilizing them in zoos.

Monirul Khan

Zoology professor at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

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.

Chiran Pokheral

National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Nepal

Dr Chiranjibi Prasad Pokheral works with the National Trust for Nature Conservation-Biodiversity at their Conservation Centre as Program Coordinator/Senior Conservation Officer. He is one of the staff responsible for the support of the Vulture Conservation and Breeding Centre at Kashara, Chitwan.

Alam Sarowar Dipu

Principle Investigator of the White-rumped Vulture Conservation in Bangladesh

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.

Dr Mark Taggart

Environmental Research Institute (ERI), University of Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Senior Research Fellow, ERI, University of Highlands and Islands.

Current research mainly ecotoxicology and the fate, behaviour and effects of pollutants and toxins within the environment. A primary research theme since 2004 has involved the study of the effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), specifically diclofenac, on Gyps vultures on the Indian sub-continent. This work has been driven by an active on-going collaboration with the RSPB and SAVE. Also theme leader for “Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health” at ERI. Earlier spent four years in Spain, at the University of Castilla-la Mancha, holding a “Juan de la Cierva” Research Fellowship. Before this, 7 years at the University of Aberdeen undertaking PhD (in arsenic biogeochemistry) and subsequently a post-doctoral teaching and research fellowship.

Fundraising, Advocacy and Communications Committee

Dr Ram D Jakati

Chairman

Director (retired), Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy. Former Chief Wildlife Warden at Haryana Forest Department, India.

Homi Khusrokhan

Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), India

President, BNHS.

Dr D Swarup

BVSc & AH, MVSC (Vet Med), PhD

Former Director, ICAR-CIRG and Head Division of Medicine, ICAR-IVRI

[IVRI = Indian Veterinary Research Institute, ICAR = Indian Council of Agricultural Research, CIRG=Central Institute for Research on Goats]

BC Choudhury

Wildlife Institute of India

Senior Scientist (retired), Wildlife Institute of India.

Dr Narendra Man Babu Pradhan

Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN)

Director, BCN.

Dr Uzma Khan

WWF Pakistan

Head of WWF Pakistan Vulture Programme.

Nick Lindsay

Zoological Society of London (ZSL), UK

Head of International Zoo Programmes, ZSL.

Alex Hipkiss

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK

Senior International Funding Officer, RSPB.

Dr Anil K Sharma

Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI)

Principle Scientist & Head of Centre for Wildlife Conservation, Management & Disease Surveillance (IVRI).

Chris Bowden

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK

Chris Bowden is Programme Manager for SAVE, and Globally Threatened Species Officer for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).  He has been coordinating the Asian Vulture Programme in South Asia since 2004, and has been the Co-Chair of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group (VSG) since its formation in 2011.  Since 1999, Chris has also been the Coordinator of the African-Eurasian Waterbirds Agreement (AEWA) International Working Group for (the Critically Endangered) Northern Bald Ibis, and Chair of the International Advisory Group for Northern Bald Ibis.

His experience over the past 30 years is mainly with Critically Endangered bird species in Africa, Asia, the UK and the Caribbean, both as a research ecologist and as a coordinator in recent years.  Chris is currently based in Bangalore, India with regular UK visits to the RSPB.

Enam Ul Haq

Wildlife Advisory Board, Bangladesh

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.

Ganga Thapa

National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Nepal

Phearun Sum

Cambodia Vulture Conservation Project (CVCP)

Coordinator, CVCP.

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).

For details of the teams on-the-ground in each country, see Our International Teams.

Write to us

SAVE Programme Manager,
International Species Recovery,
RSPB, The Lodge,
Sandy, Bedfordshire,
SG19 2DL, UK

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