Counter Wildlife Trafficking



Anirban Chaudhuri

He takes interest in reptile ethology and has been part of various reptile breeding and rehabilitation programs. With over two decades of field experience, he has been providing support in building up community awareness in reptile-human conflict zones in parts of West Bengal, through awareness campaigns, snake bite mitigation programs and rescue-rehabilitation of animals in distress. He is working as a Project consultant providing support to the counter wildlife trafficking program.   


Aristo Mendis

Aristo works with the WCS-India and WCS Regional Counter Wildlife Trafficking teams.


Debasish Sarma

Debasish Sarma is the Administrative Manager - NER in the Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Programme. Debasish has completed his post graduation diploma in Banking Services from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Formerly known as Manipal University). He has worked in Uber India Systems Pvt Ltd, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (MoYAS, GOI) previously. 

He is interested in reading autobiography, travelling and playing cricket in his free time.


Kritika Balaji

Kritika Balaji joined WCS-India in 2019, and currently leads the Counter Wildlife Trafficking team’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning unit. Her work involves developing and implementing strategies to understand the programs overall impact on reducing wildlife trade. Through her work, she enjoys interacting with trainee officers, tracking wildlife crime cases from arrest to conviction, and looking for trends in species trafficked. She is keen to analyse feedback and knowledge gained from her work to suggest and implement sustainable policy changes. She has also worked on monitoring tiger populations and mitigating the human-elephant conflict in South Indian landscapes. She has a background in microbiology and genetics, and has previously worked on researching maize pathogens and gene mutations in Neurospora crassa. She is passionate about animals and all things nature.

Namrata Sarma

A graduate in Social Sciences and a post - graduate in Environment & Development, always keen on studying the environment and it's elements from a socio-ecological point of view along with traveling and food being other vested interests. 

Ng Bishwanath Singh

Ng joined WCS-India initially as a volunteer after completing his Bachelors course on botany and after quitting some IT company in Bangalore in 2010. From the time of volunteering till present, he has been associated with the team working on 'monitoring tiger and its prey species'. In between he has also worked with other teams with different projects for a brief period of time. He has worked in the major tiger reserves in Karnataka and several other protected areas and parts of Kerala. Now, for the past three field seasons he has been working in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State.


Nirmal U Kulkarni

Nirmal is a Senior Consultant at WCS-India. A graduate in Applied Art and a postgraduate in Environment and Ecology, Nirmal has over two and half decades of experience and expertise as an ecologist, field herpetologist and conservation photographer. He serves on the Goa State Biodiversity Board as Expert Member and is a Member, Viper Specialist Group IUCN besides having served on various state and national committees and institutional boards. As a herpetologist he has discovered five species of amphibians, led field expeditions on herpetofauna and established two field stations in the Northern Western Ghats of India. Nirmal harbors a deep interest in understanding the illegal wildlife trade and trafficking in lesser known species and finding focused mechanisms to curb it. He also spends considerable time helping strategize and secure large mammal habitats in key biodiversity hotspots that are outside the PA network in the country. When not in the field, Nirmal divides time between creating art works, reading Indian history books and finding new ways to instill love for snakes amongst people!


Nivedita Tanksali

Nivedita is a budding environmentalist and wildlife conservationist whose interests lie in the areas of environmental policy, wildlife trafficking, sustainable development, and environmental degradation. She has over 2 years of experience with research involving marine wildlife and environmental issues in a volunteering capacity and over 1 year of experience in the renewable energy sector. She is passionate about communicating the need for environmental protection and action in the form of advocacy and research and is especially enthusiastic about championing lesser-known environmental issues and non-charismatic species under threat from overexploitation and climate change.


Priya Poonia

Priya Poonia is currently working as a Deputy Project Manager for Counter Wildlife Trafficking program at WCS-India. Her fascination for natural landscapes and wildlife led Priya to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. She is a post graduate in Wildlife Science from Amity University, Noida. Her overarching interest is in translating research outcomes to implementable conservation strategies to encourage coexistence between humans and wildlife. Before joining WCS-India she was working as a Junior Technical Expert for the Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation in India project with GIZ-India.


Rebecca Lewis

Rebecca Lewis is a Marine Analyst in the Counter Marine Wildlife Trafficking Program. Rebecca has completed her Master's in Biodiversity, Wildlife Conservation and Management from Bhavans College-Andheri, Mumbai, and before joining WCS-India she has worked as a research assistant with the Blackkite project with the Wildlife Institute of India. Her broad interests are in wildlife trafficking, marine ecosystems and urban wildlife and in future she would like to work on issues related to biodiversity conservation. 

Rishik Gupta

Rishik has completed graduation in English literature from Kolkata. He has more than 6 years of experience in conservation education and fundraising. He is presently working as a Training Coordinator in the Counter Wildlife Trafficking team in West Bengal. His interest includes wildlife trafficking, cultural significance of wildlife and human-wildlife interaction.







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