Shashank Dalvi is a conservationist and wildlife biologist from Mumbai. His interest in nature began in childhood, and he took the hobby forward when he decided to pursue a career in the field.
The ornithologist was a member of the team which discovered that Amur Falcons are mass hunted in Nagaland. Another feather in his hat is the description of the Himalayan Forest Thrush, a bird species discovered in 2016.
Shashank was awarded the Wildlife Service Award by Sanctuary Asia this year.
Nikit Surve, another Mumbaikar received the Young Naturalist Award from Sanctuary Asia. As a teenager, Nikit aspired to follow the footsteps of Steve Irwin and wanted to work with crocodiles. However, his interests gradually changed to the man-animal conflict. He has been studying leopards through camera trapping and scat analysis.
The fantastic knowledge and commitment that Shashank and Nikit have displayed in their respective fields have been recognised and felicitated by Sanctuary Asia.
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