Saving India’s Tigers is managed by a committed set of partners who are dedicated to preserving and improving the tiger habitats at present focussed on Central India. We are active across the full range of risks to habitat.

“Networking is essential to deliver good conservation action and make effective use of limited human and financial resources. By supporting SLTP you will enable these courageous conservationists to stay true to their calling”.

Dr Claudio Sillero, WildCRU, University of Oxford and Born Free Foundation

Saving India’s Tigers provides an umbrella organisation for our Partners and organises, amongst other things, an annual seminar to discuss issues and share best practice. Government officials attend our seminar to widen our effectiveness.


Our Partners:

Bombay Natural History Society

bnhsEstablished in 1883, BNHS is one of the oldest and largest NGOs engaged in conservation and research in India and first drafted the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The Society’s guiding principle has always been that conservation must be based on scientific research. With five offices in various parts of India and over 30 field stations, BNHS is working in most of India’s critical habitats and focuses on several critically endangered species.

Born Free Foundation

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. In the 25 years since its establishment, it has grown into a global force for wildlife, taking action worldwide to protect threatened species, stop individual animal suffering and keep wildlife in the wild. Big enough to make a difference, but small enough to care, Born Free is not a big anonymous organization, but a family of like-minded people who share the same goals.

Conservation Action Trust (CAT)

CATCAT is protecting India’s forests and biodiversity by educating and enlightening decision-makers and the public about the importance of forests for our survival. The role of forests in protecting the water security of the country is a major focus area for CAT. Research, education and awareness generation as well as litigation are tools used by CAT, ensuring the implementation and improvement of laws and policy governing India’s natural environment.

Corbett Foundation

corbett-foundationThe Corbett Foundation (TCF) primarily works with the communities living in and around the tiger reserves of Corbett (in Uttarakhand), Kanha and Kanha-Pench Corridor (in Madhya Pradesh), Bandhavgarh (in Madhya Pradesh) and Kaziranga (in Assam). See their YouTube video here.

TCF has been involved in grassroots conservation programmes with community participation wherever possible, and works to reduce the dependency of forest-dependent communities on the forests and to mitigate human-conflict issues such as livestock depredation by carnivores (tigers and leopards) and crop-raiding by herbivores (deer, elephant, wild boar).

Nature Conservation Society Amravati (NCSA)

NCSACommunity participation has been the bedrock of NCSA’s approach to conservation over the past 20 years. With the guiding philosophy that efforts to protect forests should involve those communities dependent on them if they are to be successful, NCSA has built up a conservation model across the Satpuda landscape that has built trust with, and delivered tangible benefits to, marginalized society. www.ncsaindia.or

Satpuda Foundation

satpudaSet up in 2001, the Satpuda Foundation devises sustainable, long-term conservation initiatives based on voluntary community participation. It firmly believes that effective conservation outputs can only be achieved with the involvement of all stakeholders and is implementing creative poverty alleviation solutions to reduce anthropogenic pressure on tigers and their habitat.

Tiger Research and Conservation Trust (TRACT)

tractTRACT was formed in 2001 to implement innovative conservation methods to protect tigers in Central India. Through research, science-based conservation and networking within and outside protected forests, TRACT works closely with the Maharashtra Forest Department and Central Government to monitor tiger activity and mitigate human–wildlife conflicts.


wildcruThe University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) delivers practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research. It is at the forefront of scientific research into biodiversity, livelihoods, food security, health and climate change. Whether the focus is on species or ecosystems, on protection or sustainable use, on wildlife or people, WildCRU is dedicated to producing the science that builds the policies to deliver solutions.

Saving Wild Tigers (SWT)

SWT aims to raise awareness within tiger range and non-tiger range countries of the issues and actions required to save the tiger and to engage with key stakeholders in tiger range countries, whose support will be critical if we are to succeed. To achieve our mission SWT aims to raise significant funds to support global, yet targeted, tiger conservation programmes throughout tiger range countries. We bring a fresh and creative perspective to traditional conservation issues where appropriate.




Saving India’s Tigers is supported by a number of advisors who act in a non-executive capacity either formally or informally. These advisors come from all aspects of life and business and share the ambition we hold.

Our Partner Principles:

Our partners have all signed up to our vision, values and principles which have remained unchanged since our formation in 2005.

The principles that guide our interaction with partners are as follows:

  • Egalitarian networked NGO
  • Pragmatic rather than idealistic solutions
  • Independence of individual Partners respected
  • Small enough to respond, big enough to make a difference
  • Working closely with local people and institutions
  • Leveraging synergy between parks
  • Apolitical – whilst being politically wise
  • Influencing federal behaviours for better decision making
  • Benefits to people are local, national and global.

“Networking is essential to deliver good conservation action and make effective use of limited human and financial resources. By supporting SLTP you will enable these courageous conservationists to stay true to their calling”.

Dr Claudio Sillero, WildCRU, University of Oxford and Born Free Foundation

The Saving India’s Tigers Core Team

Whilst Saving India’s Tigers has more than 140 people working in the field, the core team consists of:

Bagh Aap Aur Van
Raghunandan Singh Chundawat

Dr. R. S. Chundawat started his career as a conservation biologist more than thirty years ago with pioneering research on the ecology of snow leopard and its prey species in the Ladakh mountains. He is very closely involved with tiger conservation and conducted a ten-year highly acclaimed and unique tiger study in Panna National Park, a dry tropical forest of central India. He was also associated with Wildlife Conservation Society and Smithsonian during his work on tiger in Panna Tiger Reserve. He is the recipient of several awards including Esso’s ‘Honour for Tiger Conservation’ in 2001; the ‘Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award’ 2002 for excellence and the ‘Tiger Gold’ award in 2003 for outstanding scientific work with wild tigers. In 2003 BBC/Animal Planet produced an award winning wildlife documentary film on his work with the tigers in Panna − “Tigers of the Emerald Forest”.

Bombay Natural History Society
Deepak Apte

Dr. Deepak Apte is at present the Director of the Bombay Natural History Society. He has a doctorate degree in Marine Ecology. He also acquired post graduate certificates programme at AIT, Bangkok and Duke University, USA. For over 30 years he has been exploring marine life at various parts of Indian coast. Deepak has authored 4 books, 45 peer reviewed publications in the prestigious journals like Nature, Evolution, Systematic and Biodiversity and JMBA (UK) and several popular articles. Deepak is the member of Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board Animal Committee and Executive Committee member of CBD NGO Alliance and UNDP-GOI East Godavari Programme. At present he is heading number of research and conservation programmes in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar and central India. In 2008, Deepak received prestigious Whitley Award given by the Shears Foundation for his work of establishing community managed marine protected area and saving Giant Clams in Lakshadweep. Recently he received Whitley Continuation Award to do research and conservation of giant clams in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is a Fellow of the Smithsonian Environmental Leadership Programme, LEAD-India, International Visitors Programme, USA and Duke University Marine Programme.

Bombay Natural History Society
Sanjay Karkare

Sanjay Karkare is in charge of Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme (SLTP) mobile education and community sustainability unit. His work covers the whole landscape through two mobile education units with some of the following major objectives:
Generating peoples support for tiger conservation through creating environmental awareness amongst local community in fringe villages of protected areas.
Empowering and engaging women groups in natural resource conservation
Organize sustained and long-term training and capacity building programmes for students, teachers, youths, women & field staff of forest department and tour guides.
Develop profound understanding of values of forest & their produce as well as tigers & other wildlife and raise environmental awareness on issue based conservation
Establishing linkages between local communities and government agencies and various schemes
Provide effective alternatives to the use of natural resources through traditional and modern efficient technologies and value added economy
Influence policies with effective advocacy with state forest departments

Born Free/Wild Cru       
Claudio Sillero

Professor Claudio Sillero-Zubiri was born in Argentina and is a British zoologist. He is a Research Fellow at Oxford University’s WildCRU, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, and Lady Margaret Hall. He is the Chair of the IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group, and Head of Conservation of the Born Free Foundation. He is internationally recognized for his work with carnivore conservation, and in particular the endangered Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis). His work includes the conservation of endangered species, protected areas management, and wildlife surveys for 15 years spanning three African countries and Argentina. In 1998 he received the Whitley Award for Animal Conservation from the Royal Geographical Society for his work in Ethiopia.

Born Free
Gabriel Fava

 With a background in field biology and considerable experience as a wildlife volunteer, Gabriel joined Born Free fulltime in 2009 and is primarily responsible for conservation field projects in Asia, including those in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India. He acts as programmes manager for Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme (SLTP). He also works on wildlife trade issues, in particular those relating to elephants and tigers and co-ordinates the ivory trade and elephant poaching website

Born Free
Saket Agasti

Young wildlife enthusiast converted his passion for Tiger into career. After graduating in computer applications and working for IT industry for more than 2 years he shifted his career path in tiger conservation. He has worked with one of the SLTP partners for 2 years as Conservation Officer at Pench Tiger Reserve. Currently he pursuing his Master’s Degree in Ecology and Environment Studies from Nalanda University, India and also assists the SLTP network in coordination of the ground-level operations.

Conservation Action Trust
Debi Goenka

Debi Goenka is one of India’s well-known conservationists leading CAT. He has been working in the field of environmental protection in India since 1975, and has pioneered several successful campaigns to protect the natural environment. Some of the most notable success stories have been the protection of mangroves, the protection of the Borivali National Park, and the success in protecting over 3,500 square kilometers of forests in Vidarbha from denotification. He has also been involved in campaigns to prevent the denotification of the Melghat Tiger Sanctuary, the notification of Dahanu Taluka as an ecologically sensitive area, the protection of the coastal areas of Murud Janjira, the declaration of the Nandur – Madhameshwar bird sanctuary, as well as the campaign against Enron. 

The Corbett Foundation
Kedar Gore

Backed with a Master’s in Zoology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Kedar Gore has been actively engaged since 1997 in wildlife conservation and environmental protection work with reputed NGOs such as WWF-India and TERI. Kedar has been working as the Director of The Corbett Foundation since July 2009 and heads of all its divisions. He has received the NUFFIC Fellowship of The Netherlands Government in 2009 and 2012, and is a Fellow of the International Visitor Leadership Program 2010 of the US Department of State. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation Biology from the Bombay Natural History Society, in addition to other professional courses from the Wildlife Institute of India, the Wageningen University, and the US Department of State. He has been serving as a Member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication since 2005.

Nature Conservation Society Amravati
Nishikant Kale

Dr. Nishikant Kale, is professor of Mechanical Engineering and a keen nature lover. He is a social activist and a founder member of Nature Conservation society, Amravati, India (NCSA), working for the conservation of environment. He is also an active climate change leader. At NCSA he is working hard for 25 years to save the wildlife in Melghat tiger reserve.  He motivates people to use locally available biofuels, solar energy, wind energy and biogas rather than overusing the conventional sources. The NCSA operates a mobile health unit to provide basic health services to the remote tribal villages situated deep inside various tiger reserves in central India. He has been associated with Born free foundation and SLTP since its inception.

Satpuda Foundation

Kishor Rithe

Kishor Rithe has done his Post Graduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practices from University of Oxford. He has been working as a conservation practitioner for more than 25 years in central India. His work with the local communities, academicians, field biologists, media, politicians and administrators for conservation of Satpuda Landscape is well recognised at national and international forum. He has served on many policy making bodies including the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL).

Save Wild tigers

Simon Clinton

Simon Clinton – founder of Save Wild Tigers actually comes from a marketing and commercial background. Early in his career he ran marketing for a large multinational in the Australasia region based in Sydney and subsequently became a major player and worldwide board director of McCann – Erickson, one of the world’s largest advertising agency groups. Clinton went on to set his own consultancy and ad agency in 2003 based in the UK , The Clinton Partnership which he still runs today. Simon was brought up as a child in Malaysia. That provided the basis for his current passion for conservation and indeed wild tigers; Malaysia’s national symbol being the Malayan tiger.

Tiger Research and Conservation Trust
Poonam Dhanwatey

Co-Founder, Trustee and Secretary of TRACT, Poonam quit her interior designing company and turned her passion for wildlife into full time career. Over the last 2 decades, she has worked extensively for voluntary resettlement of locals from the reserves, towards mitigating human – tiger conflict and creating a social fence by involving local communities in conservation. She is a trainer for wildlife conservation, is a member of the Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife and the Honorary Wildlife Warden of Chandrapur District. Her conservation work has been documented in various documentaries and she has also been honoured with the Carl Zeiss, Roll of Honour.

Tiger Research and Conservation Trust
Harshwardhan Dhanwatey

Co-Founder, Trustee and President of Tiger Research and Conservation Trust, Harshawardhan has devoted more than 20 years to wildlife conservation. Trained for Conservation Conflict Resolution and as past member, Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife, he has spearheaded the private conservancy concept and joint patrols for wildlife, taking forward his work on protecting tigers beyond boundaries.


Tony Renton

Tony spent some 30+ years with BP in a variety of technical, commercial and executive oil management roles in Europe, Asia, Australasia, West Africa, South America and the US leaving as Commercial Director with responsibility for business development across the Middle East. Tony left BP in 2006 to pursue a number of projects. Tony is Founder of Oil and Gas London, Chairman of Sub Salt Solutions – a seismic company, co-founder of EPEX – a training company and sits on a few other boards. Tony has had a lifelong interest in wildlife having been brought up in East Africa. Tony is married with three children.



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