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Wildlife biologist Aparajita Datta, our inspiring woman of the week won the ‘Green Oscar’, for her work on the conservation of hornbills.
Dr. Aparajita Datta nurtured a love for wildlife right from her childhood. She has been working in the forests of India for more than two decades now. Datta is one of the board members of the Nature Conservation Foundation, a non-governmental wildlife conservation organization.
Datta believes in treating the indigenous tribes of the forests as equal partners in her wildlife conservation projects. Datta has done extensive research in the Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh. At the Pakke Tiger Reserve, Datta’s attention was caught by the hornbills.
Focusing on hornbills as a conservation flagship species, Datta is trying to improve the bird’s populations by establishing models of community-based conservation. Datta hopes to create awareness about the needs of hornbills and their importance, as seed dispersers, in the maintenance of healthy forest ecosystems.
In recognition of her tremendous efforts the Whitley Fund for Nature which recognizes conservation leaders across the globe awarded her with one of the most prestigious awards in conservation this year – dubbed as the “Green Oscars”. Datta was also the recipient of the Woman of Discovery Humanity Award by the New York based Wings World Quest as well as National Geographic’s Emerging Explorer title.
Why we find her inspiring:
– For following her childhood dream and pursuing her passion for wildlife.
– For contributing towards the conservation of India’s wildlife.
– For being an inspiration to other women who are interested in wildlife.
*Photo source: Down To Earth.
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