Kazveen Umrigar is the Project Leader - GIB Conservation. Kazveen started out being a wildlife veterinarian after pursuing her Master’s in Wild Animal Health from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998. After eight years of working as a veterinarian, with captive and free-living wildlife in different institutions, she proceeded to take on leadership roles as Pune Zoo Director and Curator, Jurong Bird Park.
Kazveen continued her journey by freelancing in varied roles, as that of consultant, content writer, visiting faculty and working for a zoo design company.
Anil Kumar works as the Project Manager in WCS-India’s Great Indian Bustard project. He finished his Masters in sustainable development from Nagaland Open University and has been working in the field of conservation from last 25 years. His interest lies in working with communities for active participation in conservation of species and habitat. He has worked on Sarus Crane, Great Indian Bustard, Vultures, Sociable Lapwing, Lesser Florican, Gangetic Dolphins, Gharial, besides several other wetland bird species. He last worked with Wildlife Trust of India and has been involved in maintaining the connectivity between Tiger reserves in eastern Vidarbha of Maharashtra with communities, providing alternative solutions to reduce dependence and biodiversity conservation.
Dr. Gaurav Parihar
Dr. Gaurav Parihar is a Veterinarian Animal Husbandry in the Great Indian Bustard program at WCS-India. Gaurav has done his Master's degree in Animal Genetics and Breeding from Veterinary University Mathura (UP) and Bachelor’s degree from Bikaner. His last association was with the Dept. of Animal Husbandry, Government of Rajasthan under The World Bank supported project in Ajmer as Cluster Manager. He started his career serving in the tribal area of Pratapgarh district and has 6 years of working experience in the field with local communities, marginal farmers, livestock rearers, other government line departments, NGOs and agro business.
Beyond the academic arena, Gaurav has a special affinity towards wildlife, photography, mountaineering, music, cricket and exploring new places.
Pradyuman Sindha is a Conservation Assistant in the GIB program, Jaisalmer. He has completed his Master's in Biodiversity from Sardar Patel University, Anand and BSc in Environmental Science from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidhyanager. He is also an approved UAV pilot with DGCA.
Before joining WCS-India, he worked for Wildlife Institute of India in its “Recovery of dugong and their habitats in India an integrated participatory approach” in the Gulf of Kutch. He worked with Salim Ali Center For Ornithology And Natural History(SACON) on the ecological study of the Sarus Crane in the area of Central Gujarat.
Pradyuman worked as a volunteer with Voluntary Nature Conservancy (VNC) involved in assessment of human-Crocodile conflict and finding solutions for its mitigation and carrying out crocodile population and nesting area surveys using UAVs and developing protocols for crocodile monitoring by UAV.
He is interested in researching ichthyology, population ecology, spatial ecology, habitat ecology, human-wildlife interaction, threat assessment, social sciences, citizen science, and GIS for effective conservation.
Tahir Ali is a Senior Ecologist in the GIB project, Jaisalmer at WCS-India. He has recently submitted a Ph.D thesis at AMU, Aligarh on large-sized carnivores such as tiger, leopard, and sloth bears in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. Tahir also completed M.Phil in Wildlife Sciences from AMU, Aligarh on the conservation of vultures in and around Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, MP, India, and a Masters in Wildlife Sciences from AMU, Aligarh. His master's dissertation work was on the patterns of niche overlaps between Asiatic lions and leopards in Gir National Park and Sanctuary, Gujarat.
Tahir has demonstrated skills in GIS modeling, species distribution modeling, machine learning, landscape connectivity, and carnivore ecology. He has field experience of five years in wildlife biology. His previous experience was as a wildlife biologist in a project ‘Dispersal of tiger and other wildlife in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve’. Lately, He worked as a wildlife biologist in a project Connecting the stripes supported by Jet Privilege Pvt Ltd and implemented by The Corbett Foundation in central India.
Tahir's primary interests are distribution modeling using machine learning algorithms, landscape connectivity, prey-predator interactions, and impacts of climate and land-use change on wild animals' distribution.