I am Hari Mohan Meena and I have been very fond of the forest since childhood and always wanted to save the forest and wildlife. That is why I graduated from Forestry and did a master’s in wildlife science.

Currently I am perusing PhD research on “Habitats characterization and assessment of population status of Gharial Gavialis gangeticus (Gmelin 1789)in National Chambal Sanctuary, India” from the College of Science, Career Point University Kota.During my masters, Dr.GV Reddy (Chief Conservator of Forest, Kota) encouraged me to work at Gharial.

My master’s dissertation was also done on“Ecological assessment of Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and Crocodiles (Crocodylus palustris) in National Chambal Sanctuary (NCS), Rajasthan, India”under the supervision of Mr. AnoopKR (Deputy Conservator of Forest, Bharatpur).

I worked with WWF-India as Field Researcher in the “Gharial re-introduction programme in the Ganga River”from May 2015 to May 2016. During this period, I learned about Radio-telemetry in Gharial and studied about the movement of radio-gharials. The released Gharial were tagged with either VHF or GPS radio transmitters in Ganga River. I have been very lucky to work in Turtle Conservation Programme in Ganga River with WWF-India. In which we establishedin-situ turtle hatchery for turtle species conservation in Ganga River. After successful hatching of collected turtle nest inside the in-situ hatchery, the turtle hatchlings were shifted in ex-situConservation centre at Hastinapur, Meerut (Uttar Pradesh).

I worked with Gharial Ecology Project, Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (Tamil Nadu, India) as a Consultant and facilitated project work on numerous occasions during the past three years from July 2015 to July 2018 and May-June 2020. Dr. Jeffrey W. Lang, Senior Scientific Advisor, MCBT (Professor of Biology, Emeritus Professor, University of North Dakota, USA) recommended to me as a Consummate Professional Biologist.

I have worked as Wildlife Biologist, Society for Conservation of Historical and Ecological Resources, Kota from September 2016 to August 2018 and June 2019 to November 2019. My main responsibility was during the tenure manage the research work done by the society and conduct awareness programmes.

I have worked with Madhya Pradesh Forest Department as Project Coordinator, Turtle Rearing CentreBarahi (Bhind), National Chambal Sanctuary, Forest Division Morena from August 2018 to May 2019 and November 2019 to June 2020. My main work was managing (technical support) the Turtle Conservation Project work and engage in various research work in Sanctuary by M.P. Forest Department in Chambal River.