SANGAM LAHIRY, a forest officer with long experience in wildlife management, completed his post-graduate Diploma in Wildlife Management from the Wildlife Institute, Dehra Doon, before working extensively at the Palamau Tiger Reserve, in various capacities, for over 15 years. Thereafter, he assisted the Task Force, constituted by the Bihar Government, in formulating strategies for Bio-Diversity Conservation in Protected Areas, a World Bank-aided project.
Lahiry has represented the Bihar State Forest Department at the International Symposium on the Tiger, held in New Delhi in February 1993, where he presented two papers: Prey Base Availability and its Capacity to sustain Predator Population in Palamau Tiger Reserve and Food Habits of Tigers in Betla Range of Palamau Tiger Reserve. His writings have also been published in magazines like Environ, Dharamyug, Swagat etc.
Following the bifurcation of Bihar state in 2000, Lahiry was associated with the wildlife section of the PCCF Office, Jharkhand. He retired as Divisional Forest Officer, Social Forestry Division, Chaibasa, in 2013. He now lives in Ranchi. Lahiry hopes this book will serve as a testament to the work of the many unsung forest staffers who have served the cause of conservation; as well as a tribute to the beauty of Palamau and the many forms of life it holds. Sangam Lahiry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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