Great Indian Bustard

Kazveen Umrigar
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.  



Jitendra Solanki

Jitendra is the Sociologist in the GIB Conservation Programme at WCS-India. Before joining WCS-India he has worked with the Rajasthan government as Block Co-ordinator for the Swachh Bharat Mission and worked towards making the villages in the Panchayat Samiti of Sankhada free from open defecation, by helping build private as well as communal toilet blocks in the villages.
He has also worked for the organization Mitigating poverty in Western Rajasthan (MPOWER) on positions of Project Assistant and Team Leader. The project was conducted with the financial support of International Agricultural Development Fund and Sir Ratan Tata Trust and administrative support of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department of Rajasthan Government, and Jitendra worked for community-based strengthening by aiding formation of women self-help groups, village organizations and federations. The women were linked to livelihood activities such agriculture, horticulture, goat rearing, development programs and animal immunization programs. Programs for reducing women’s labour load were conducted, alongside gender-based training, tailoring training, educational excursion, documentation and leadership development training, which were also provided.
For all the commendable work that Jitendra put into the project, he was awarded a citation by Dy. Director MPOWER at a state level award ceremony and by the Deputy District Collector Bhaniyana District Jaisalmer at a sub-district level programme.



Mrunal Ghosalkar

Mrunal is the Conservation Assistant in the GIB Conservation Programme. She has completed Masters in Environmental Science from Institute of Science, Fort, Mumbai. She is involved in community engagement and educational activities in the GIB program in Rajasthan. In her past experiences, she had been associated with various organizations working with people and communities through different ways of people engagements. She is a National Geographic certified educator. She was involved in conducting occupancy surveys to get the ecological information of Hornbills in North Eastern states of India with the Nature Conservation Foundation. She was a part of Ovitla Landga project with Maharashtra Forest Department, where she was working with Dhangar community – one of the largest pastoral communities in India to understand the conflicts over fodder and resources in Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. She was leading the Janata Waghoba - the wise big cat program in collaboration with WCS-India, Maharashtra Forest Department and Rufford Foundation. The program was aimed at sharing information on human-leopard interactions with people through various innovative ways and stakeholder engagement from the rural landscapes of Maharashtra. The highlight of the program was involvement of the students who were known as Leopard Ambassadors in working towards creating awareness in their own villages. She has also been working with the Centre for Wildlife Studies as a Project Coordinator for Wild Shaale Conservation education program. 
She has a keen interest in understanding and implementing various communication approaches in conservation programs through interdisciplinary approaches on a ground level with different stakeholders. 






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