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Of Starfish and Scientists

At the Feet of Living Things: Twenty-Five Years of Wildlife Research and Conservation in India edited by Aparajita Datta, Rohan Arthur and T R Shankar Raman, Gurugram: HarperCollins, 2022; pp 378, `599.

At the Feet of Living Things: Twenty-Five Years of Wildlife Research and Conservation in India is an edited volume of essays that marks the 25th anniversary of the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) which was set up in 1996. In his foreword to the volume, the well-known environmental historian, Mahesh Rangarajan, notes that non-governmental organisations in the wildlife conservation space are usually established by experienced, well-connected men. However, the NCF is unique in that its founders include women, and all of them were fresh graduates of ecology and the wildlife sciences. Given this commonality of training, it will come as no surprise that the accumulation of knowledge driven by rigorous field studies has been a cornerstone of their work. As even a cursory online search would reveal, members of the NCF have published their work in a range of academic journals such as Current Science, Conservation Biology, Ocean and Coastal Management and Biotropica.

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Published On : 29th Mar, 2024

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