Dr. Shailendra Singh
Associate Director (Aquatic Wildlife)
Dr. Shailendra Singh, Associate Director (Aquatic Wildlife), earned his Master’s degree on the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and a PhD on the Red-crowned roofed turtle (Batagur Kachuga). He spearhead WCS’s India Turtle Conservation Program and has been instrumental in implementing over 167 conservation, research and education projects across the country. He was the first Indian biologist to receive the Disney Conservation Hero Award in 2008. Shailendra is also a Vice Chair of IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group among several other International and national conservation committees.
Arunima spends her time in captive husbandry and conservation breeding of endangered chelonians. Her part of the time is been dedicated to the field for the studies of the reproductive biology of the Crowned River Turtle (Hardella thurjii) as a part of her Ph.D. studies. She has a gym – o-phile and spends her time in the gym after tight office hours.
Bhasker has been involved with Turtle Project as a coordinator of education and outreach programs since 2012 at several field stations of the project and he likes to spend most of his time with kids playing games and imparting conservation knowledge.
Parimal Chandra Ray
Dr. Ray is associated with Turtle Project as Project Coordinator for Northeast Projects. He conducts fieldwork for in-situ and ex-situ projects, coordinates training, liaison with various stakeholders and conduct awareness programs for various target groups.
Pawan Pareek works on critically endangered turtle Batagur kachuga in National Chambal Sanctuary under Turtle Project. He is involved in the activities like nest protection, head-starting, radio telemetry, and community outreach activity via the school education program and he routinely rescues snakes.
Junior Management Consultant
As an accounts officer, he is responsible for the financial record-keeping, and managing fund disbursement and expenditures. Apart from this, he is also interested in making detective stories.
Rashmi works with administration and account team, as an Office Manager, she is responsible for providing daily logistical support to the field personals. Besides very busy administrative routine, she manages to carve some time for the education programs.
Junior Scientific Consultant
Sreeparna Dutta works on the Terai arc landscape understanding the freshwater turtle population in Sarju River. She also provides tech support and helps in mapping and GIS work. Outside the office, she likes to show her cutlery passion.
Junior Scientific Consultant
He is a resident from Punjab, who contributes most of his time monitoring health and care of the captive animals and administering the treatments to the sick captive and rescued animals, investigating animal diseases and assisting rescue operations. Besides this, he has a Chef-O-Mania and likes to cooks in his free time.
Dr. Saurabh DewanSaurabh is a Development Coordinator with the Turtle Project. He has explored different aquatic ecosystem set- ups across Uttarakhand, for more than 10 years through projects funded under the Conservation Leadership Program and DST-SERB. The majority of his work was on understanding the population dynamics of golden mahseer, habitat analysis, threat assessment, and developing community-based conservation models, effective public education and outreach programs. At the Turtle Project, he will be working with Shai and Rishika, assisting with the organizational development activities like proposal and grant writing, social media, blogs, and appeals pertaining to various projects.