Prof. Karan Bahadur Shah / Chief Scientific Advisor
Prof. Karan Bahadur Shah has worked as a Director in Natural History Museum at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Prof. Shah brings four decade of experience on biodiversity research and conservation in Nepal. He has pioneered studies in herpetofauna in Nepal and discovered several species of reptile and amphibian to Nepal as well as to science. His contribution is not only on herps but also on entire biodiversity conservation as he has done research on several species of bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and fish. As a wildlife expert, he had contributed in preparing Management Plans of different protected areas of Nepal. Prof. Shah has published more than 100 articles on the Biological Sciences and environment in scientific journals, magazines and periodicals and additional several books on Science Fiction, Environmental and conservation awareness, Religion and Cultural Heritage. Prof. Karan can be contacted through;
Sharad Singh / Director - Administration and Finance
Sharad has kept a keen interest in hospitality field. After graduation he ended up in Chitwan National Park working for a wildlife lodge later at where he worked as a Manager. After completing 12 years of Ban Baas (stay in the jungle!), he moved back to Kathmandu looking for civilization! He joined Himalayan Nature in 2005 initially to support two men team with one or two projects. Since then has played a pivotal role in its growth working with Dr Hem Sagar Baral, its founder president and Professor Karan Bahadur Shah, Chief Scientific Adviser; both personalities well-known for their contribution in their field. Currently he looks after administration and finance part of the organization; continues to enjoy the work even after 13 years!
Dr Tulsi has completed Ph.D. in biodiversity conservation at Universiti Sains Malaysia. On his Ph.D., he studied Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in the Himalaya of Nepal. Tulsi brings more than a decade of expertise on wildlife research and conservation.
As a child growing in harmony with pristine nature in a rural village of western Nepal, Tulsi became fascinated with the biodiversity and wildlife. Since his childhood, he was already familiar with several species of fauna and flora. Tulsi used to observe many birds at his farmland, vultures’ feeding on the livestock carcasses thrown at open, Bearded Vulture dropping large bones over hard rocks, hovering kestrels and breeding activities of birds and leopard dragging goats into bushes- they were common around his village. After Masters’ Degree in 2004, he was officially involved in wildlife conservation activities as a vulture field biologist in BirdLife Nepal, field ecologist in Red Panda Network, senior program officer in Himalayan Nature. As a passionate person on wildlife and biodiversity, in 2010, he was invited as an international trainee in Hawk Mountain Sanctuary of the United States, where he got an ideal opportunity to work with several wildlife scientists including Dr Keith Bildstein, a renowned raptor biologist in the world. Tulsi has pioneered study of raptors in Nepal, those includes east-west migration study of raptors, raptor road survey in different terrains, satellite-telemetry study on Bearded Vulture- that was the first in Asia and ecology/conservation of other species including critically endangered vultures. He was awarded several projects on birds and mammals. Tulsi has published his work as several reports and articles in renowned journals including Biological Conservation. Tulsi is interested to better understand the specific problems for the biodiversity loss, establish a team and train for the biodiversity monitoring and find a solution to conserve with the concord of local community. You can reach Dr Tulsi through the following email.
Mr. Laba K.C. has studied Master’s Degree in environmental science at Tribhuvan University. As an environment science graduate, he has engaged in biodiversity and environment conservation projects in different organizations including Koshi River Basin Management and Sacred Himalayan Landscape Conservation Program in WWF Nepal.
Prior to joining Himalayan Nature, Mr. K.C. has worked as an Environment Monitoring Officer under Nepal Electricity Authority’s power transmission project. With this, he has gained experience for more than two years in the field of environment monitoring and biodiversity conservation.
Mr. Prabin Shrestha completed Master Degree in Natural Resource Management and Rural Development from Institute of Forestry in 2013. He has keen interest in biodiversity and wildlife conservation in higher Himalayas of Nepal. He has been working on wildlife research, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation since 2011. His previous work includes study on Impacts of climate change in Nepalese Trans Himalaya, Effects of Pastoralism on Foraging and Behavior of Himalayan Marmot & Status, habitat and prey abundance study of Snow Leopard in Api Nampa Conservation Area. You can reach Prabin through the following email address.
Ms. Bishna Kumari Chaudhary is an indigenous youth from Ghodaghodi municipality - 1, Kailali. She has completed Master’s Degree in Rural Development and brings more than 4 years' experience in community development sector. Previously she worked in several projects related to community engagement such as; financial literacy, women/community empowerment on forest and environment protection. Ms. Bishna is working in GhodaGhodi’s Guardians project as a Community Officer.
Ms Samjhan is an inhibitant of Jabdi, Sunsari to the north of Kosi Bird Observatory (KBO). Himalayan Nature and KBO has trained her to identify and monitor birds and biodiversity of the area. Within a short period, she learned very well and helped us to train more local students on bird monotoring. Her responsibility is to assist conservation activities based at Koshi.
Sanjib Acharya / Field Ornithologist, Eastern Nepal
Sanjib Acharya, A Business Studies post graduate, hails from eastern Nepal who followed his passion for Wildlife and Birds from at an early age. In 2005 Sanjib began Regular Bird watching around Eastern Nepal and coordinate conservation awareness programs, bird watching programs to students around Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
2007 onwards Sanjib participated in several Programs and workshops to hone his birding skills with Bird Conservation Nepal and Himalayan Nature. National Training Workshop on Midwinter Waterbird Count at Lumbini, and Bird Ringing programs, Vulture nest monitoring, and Bengal Florican Survey at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
In 2011 Sanjib began his career as a research assistant at Himalayan Nature for the Farmland Bird Survey around Lumbini and Koshi, Forest bird Survey and data collection of birds and their habitats around Lowland Forest of Western Nepal and Swamp Francolin Survey and habitat monitoring at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Going Forward Sanjib moved to Chitwan to participate in “Capacity Strengthening of Field Ornithologist for Water Bird Count” and National Workshop On Red Data Book For Birds Of Nepal’’ at Sauraha, Chitwan in 2012.
In 2015 Sanjib completed his Nature Guide Training in Koshi along with esteemed workshops in Redlist for birds of Nepal in Chitwan and Raptors Survey around Annapurna Conservation Area.
Sanjib has coordinated programs on "Importance of Wetland and Important Wetland Birds’’ a community awareness and capacity Strengthening Program; and Participated and coordinated Bengal Florican Survey at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve and Kankai River (Eastern Nepal).
He became a professional birding guide and his Skills and Interest in wildlife conservation brought him to Uttarakhand, India where he had been associated with Asian Adventures Pvt. Ltd as an In house Naturalist and Birding Guide. Now he is operating many wildlife photography, birdwatching and adventure tours in Nepal and India as a freelancer.
Dheeraj Chaudhary / Field Ornithologist, Central Nepal
Ram Kumar Rai / Manager, Mountain Program-Nepal
Pemba Shrepa / Field Assistant, Mountain Program-Nepal
Dr. Anwaruddin Choudhury / Northeast India Contact (CEO, Rhino Foundation)
Dr Buddi Poudel has Ph.D. from Charles Sturt University of Australia. His area of interest is pastoralism effects on high altitude herbivore mammals and he brings expertise on pasture land management. Currently he works at Forest Research and Training Centre of the Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of Nepal.
Janak Raj Khatiwada, Ph.D. / Herpetology, Post Doc. Fellow, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Janak Raj Khatiwada is a conservation biologist working in the filed of amphibian taxonomy and ecology . He has received his doctoral degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. He has authored several publications in impacted international journals. Dr. Khatiwada has discovered two new species of amphibians for science and one new record for Nepal.
Sandesh Bhattarai, Ph.D. / Ethnobotany, Senior Scientific Officer, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
Sandesh Bhattarai has awarded Ph.D. degree in Botany from the Tribhuvan University of Nepal in 2010. He has gathered long research experience by working in the national and international collaborating projects. Dr Sandesh has published over two dozen research articles in the national and international journals. He has research interest on Biodiversity exploration and sustainable conservation, climate change, taxonomy, invasive alien species, ethno-pharmacology, etc.
Tek Raj Bhatt, Ph.D. Scholar / Griffith University, Australia
Tek Raj Bhatt has over 5 years of experience on biodiversity conservation in Nepal. He has been involved in development of over 20 projects focusing on biodiversity monitoring, strengthening law enforcement, human-wildlife coexistence and securing community livelihood. He interests lies on finding innovative and practical solutions to conservation problems that deliver results. Currently, he is enrolled at Griffith University for his Ph.D. on landscape ecology.
Phoebe Griffith / DPhil Researcher, University of Oxford, UK
Phoebe Griffith is a conservation biologist, and has been researching the critically endangered gharial crocodilian in Chitwan National Park since 2018. Using data from radio telemetry, direct observation, camera trapping and local ecological knowledge she is investigating the ecology of the gharial, and the impact of conservation actions on the species. Phoebe is currently enrolled at the University of Oxford and Zoological Society London for her DPhil on gharial conservation, and is a member of the IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group.
Kul Bahadur Thapa / Herpetofauna Specialist
Mr. KB Thapa has Master's degree in Zoology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. On his Master's thesis he has conducted study on diversity of herpetofauna in Palpa district. Mr Thapa was a team leader of national pangolin survey in Lamjung district of western Nepal and a team member of pangolin conservation action plan for Nepal. He is a passionate wildlife biologist with herpetofauna as core area of interest. He has worked with Himalayan Nature as a Research Officer, where he supported on the development and implementation of various projects related to biodiversity.
Sandesh Gurung / Birds of Prey Specialist
Sandesh Gurung has completed Master’s Degree in Zoology at Tribhuvan University Nepal. He has worked on migration ecology of Himalayan Vulture for his Master's thesis. He is a passionate and young raptor biologist in Nepal who is now developing career on Birds of Prey. Sandesh holds more than 5 years of experiences working on Birds of Prey and co-authored few articles on raptor. He brings expertise on migration monitoring, trapping and tagging raptors. His main area of interest includes movement and breeding ecology of raptors, human raptor conflict and impacts of pesticide on these apex aerial predators. Also he has keen interest on raptor rescue and rehabilitation. Sandesh has also discovered Steppe Grey Shrike, a new bird species for Nepal.