Nature Conservation Foundation

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Nature Conservation Foundation
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Motto "To carry out science-based and socially responsible conservation"
Formation 1996
Headquarters Mysore, India
Executive Board
TR Shankar Raman, Divya Mudappa, Madhusudan MD, Charudutt Mishra, Yashveer Bhatnagar, Aparajita Datta, Rohan Arthur, Anindya Sinha, Rakhee Karumbaya, Suri Venkatachalam

The Nature Conservation Foundation is a non-governmental wildlife conservation and research organisation based in Mysore, India. They promote the use of science for wildlife conservation in India.[1]


The organisation was founded in 1996. Their mission is to carry out "science-based and socially responsible conservation".


The organisation works in a variety of habitats. The high altitude program focuses on human wildlife conflicts and conservation of endangered species such as the snow leopard and the Tibetan gazelle. A livestock insurance program has been launched to prevent retaliatory killings of snow leopards by communities whose livestock were being preyed on.[2] The organisation has partnered with the International Snow Leopard Trust and the Government of India to launch a Project Snow Leopard, similar to Project Tiger for the protection of the wildlife in the Himalayan landscapes.[3][4] The Project Snow Leopard seeks to address the problem of species declines in the high-altitude Himalayan landscape through evidence-based conservation plans as well as local support. Species such as Snow Leopard, Asiatic Ibex, Argali, Urial, Chiru, Takin, Serow and Musk Deer will particularly benefit from this project.[4] In 2003, three wildlife biologists from the Foundation reported the Chinese Goral (Nemorhaedus caudatus) from Arunachal Pradesh, the first record for India[5] In 2005, scientists from the Foundation described the Arunachal Macaque from western Arunachal Pradesh, India, a species new to science.[6] The organisation runs a rainforest restoration program in the Anamalai hills in the Western Ghats where fragments of degraded patches of rainforests outside national parks or wildlife sanctuaries are restored in partnership with the private tea and coffee plantations.[7]


Charudutt Mishra and M. D. Madhusudhan, two of the founders received the Whitley award, also called "Green Oscar"[8] for 2005 and 2009 respectively. Charudutt Mishra was awarded for the conservation efforts in the high altitude landscapes, while Madhusudan was conferred the honour in recognition of his work to reduce human-wildlife conflict in the Western Ghats.[9][10] In 2013, Aparajita Datta was awarded the Whitley award to continue her decade long work on conservation of Hornbills.[11] In 2006, the organisation won the Distinguished service award from the Society for Conservation Biology.[12] for outstanding contributions to nature conservation. Sushil Dorje, a field coordinator with the organisation was awarded the Van Tienhoven Foundation award for his work on human-wildlife conflict in Spiti and Ladakh.[13] Aparajita Dutta, a Senior Scientist at NCF was announced as the recipient of 2009 Woman of Discovery Humanity Award by the New York based Wings World Quest for a lifetime dedicated to wildlife biology and her work in Namdapha Tiger Reserve.[14][15] She was also awarded by the National Geographic Society as an Emerging explorer for 2010, which recognised "..14 trailblazers from around the world".[16]


  1. ^ Nature Conservation Foundation on the Open Directory Project
  2. ^ MISHRA, CHARUDUTT; ALLEN,P.; McCARTHY, T.; MADHUSUDAN, M.D.; BAYARJARGAL, A.; PRINS, H.H.T. (2003). "The Role of Incentive Programs in Conserving the Snow Leopard". Conservation Biology 17 (6): 1512–1520. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2003.00092.x. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Launch of Project Snow leopard: A report from Snowleopard Network". Retrieved 2008-05-31. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Press Release by the GoI on the launch of Project Snow Leopard
  5. ^ Charudutt Mishra, Aparajita Datta and M.D. Madhusudan (2005) Record of the Chinese Goral Naemorhedus caudatus in Arunachal Pradesh. JBNHS Vol. 102(2)
  6. ^ Sinha, A.,Datta, A., Madhusudan, M. D. and Mishra, C. (2005). "Macaca munzala: a new species from western Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India". International Journal of Primatology 26 (977): 977–989. doi:10.1007/s10764-005-5333-3. 
  7. ^ Lenin, Janaki. "Rainforest revival". The Hindu (newspaper). Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  8. ^ Profile from Whitley website
  9. ^ Whitley Award for Mysore-based wildlife biologist. The Hindu. 14 May 2009. LINK
  10. ^ Indian Wildlife Biologist wins 'Green Oscar' on Doordarshan News. LINK
  11. ^ "Hornbills as flagships for the Himalayan forests of Arunachal Pradesh". Whitley Fund for Nature. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Society of Conservation Biology website with list of awardees
  13. ^ Details of the Award from the website of the Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection
  14. ^ List and profile of winners from Wings World Quest Website
  15. ^ Award for Indian wildlife scientist, Deccan Herald Nov. 19, 2008
  16. ^ "Aparajita Datta, Wildlife Biologist". National Geographic Emerging Explorer. National Geographic Society. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 

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