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K.S. Lavkumar Khachar 1931-2015

Melanie Colón

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Ornithologist and naturalist KS Lavkumar Khachar died on 3 March 2015. He was 84. Khachar was among the pioneers of nature conservation in India. He worked to spread awareness about ornithology, nature and wildlife conservation. He had a long association with the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) India.


Khachar belonged to the erstwhile princely family of Jasdan in Gujarat and he was educated at Rajkumar College in Rajkot. He organized and led several environmental education activities in Gujarat especially conservation work in the Gulf of Kutch islands and Gir forest, famous for Asiatic Lions. He served as director of the Nature Discovery Centre of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in 1984. He produced Sixty Indian Birds book along with RS Dharmakumarsinhji in 1981. He was awarded several prestigious awards that include The Salim Ali-Loke Wan Tho Lifetime Award for Excellence in Ornithology for his pioneering work in ornithology and on the Nanda Devi National Park. He was also awarded the Venu Menon Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.





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