The Corbett Foundation (TCF) was established by Mr. Dilip D. Khatau, a former Member of the National Board for Wildlife in India and a Member of the Indian Wildlife Business Council of the Confederation on Indian Industry, on April 22, 1994. TCF is a charitable trust, a non-profit and a non-governmental organisation that is fully dedicated to the conservation of wildlife with active involvement of local communities.
TCF has successfully demonstrated its interventions around important tiger conservation landscapes / national parks in North, Central and North-east India in tiger conservation landscapes, and in semi arid ecosystems of Western India where it work towards the protection of Great Indian Bustard, a critically endangered species. TCF adopts a 'holistic approach' to conservation which includes interventions in the areas of sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity conservation, habitat restoration, watershed development, sustainable rural development, human and veterinary health and renewable energy solutions. With an extremely dedicated team of around 90-odd 'green warriors', TCF has several success stories to its credit in past over two decades of its existence. TCF partners with the corporate sector on CSR projects that ensure a synergy between wildlife conservation and local community welfare, which is a win-win situation.
TCF is a Member of the IUCN, Member of IUCN-Indian National Committee, Member of Global Tiger Forum, a Board Member of Indian Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and a SAVE Associate. TCF’s key staff members are associated with the following IUCN Commissions: Species Survival Commission, Bustard Specialist Group and Bear Specialist Group, Commission for Education and Communication and World Commission on Protected Areas, South Asia. TCF is also a partner in Satpuda Landscape Tiger Partnership (SLTP) facilitated and funded by Born Free Foundation, UK. TCF is also an activity partner with the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, The Ramsar Convention and the Born Free Foundation. TCF has been accredited by Credibility Alliance under the Desirable Norms for Voluntary Organisations in India.
TCF is the recipient of the WWF-PATA Tiger Conservation Award in 2000, TOFT-Sanctuary Wildlife Tourism Award for the best Wildlife Tourism Related Community Initiative of the Year 2014, Kirloskar Vasundhara Mitra Award 2015 and a Certificate of Merit at the World CSR Congress in 2016 and 2018. TCF is represented on the State Wildlife Advisory Board of Gujarat, and was represented on the State Wildlife Board of Uttarakhand in the past. It is also represented on the State-level Bustard Conservation Committee of Gujarat and the Local Advisory Committee of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.
In tune with its Mission Statement - The Corbett Foundation consists of a group of dedicated men and women who are committed to the conservation of wildlife and nature, and to fulfilling the ambition that man and nature must live together in harmony - TCF works towards a harmonious coexistence between human beings and wildlife across important wildlife habitats in India, namely Corbett Tiger Reserve (Uttarakhand), Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves (Madhya Pradesh), Kaziranga Tiger Reserve (Assam), and around the Greater Rann of Kutch (Gujarat). In addition to the above areas, TCF lays more emphasis on taking up conservation work in critical wildlife landscapes of the Kanha-Pench Corridor and the Bandhavgarh-Sanjay Dubri Corridor, both in Madhya Pradesh. TCF's programmes have also reached Pakke Tiger Reserve (Arunchal Pradesh), the Little Rann of Kutch and coastal parts of Kutch (Gujarat), Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary (Maharashtra), Barnwapara Wildlife Sanctuary (Chhatisgarh), Tamenglong (Manipur) and Laokhowa and Burachapori wildlife sanctuaries (Assam).
TCF has a team of around 90+ passionate and dedicated individuals from diverse disciplines and highly specialised fields such as wildlife sciences, life sciences, social sciences, veterinary sciences, geography, herpetology, entomology, medical sciences, engineering, rural development, public health, education, public relations, advertising and business management. For a particular project, a team is put together with the appropriate blend of expertise.
TCF has implemented its programmes in over 400+ villages in Corbett, Kutch, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Kaziranga in the last two decades. Local communities and wildlife share natural ecosystems and this often gives rise to conflict. The health and wellbeing of local communities is directly linked to their willingness to participate in wildlife conservation efforts towards maintaining healthy ecosystems. TCF has adopted a multipronged strategy to help in creating a future where wildlife and human beings live in harmony; thus laying thrust on the following initiatives:
Reducing Man-Animal Conflict
Providing Sustainable Livelihoods
Providing Healthcare to Forest-dependent Communities
Promoting Environmental Awareness
Promoting Renewable Energy
Promoting Integrated Watershed Management
Treating Domestic Livestock
Promoting Sustainable Rural Development
The Corbett Foundation is a charitable trust and registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 (Reg. No. 231650853). Donations to The Corbett Foundation are tax-exempt u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
The Corbett Foundation is honoured to be working under the guidance and leadership of its Board of Trustees. The Board comprises of individuals with immense experience in the nature of programmes and projects undertaken by TCF.
Dr. A.J.T. Johnsingh conducted the first study on a free-ranging large mammal in India by studying dholes or Asiatic wild dogs in Mudumalai-Bandipur landscape from 1973 to 1978. After working at Wildlife Institute of India as faculty from 1985 to 2005, he has been associated with Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore and WWF-India. He has represented IUCN in its Cat, Canid, Asian Elephant, Bear and Caprinae Specialist Groups and Government of India as a member of National Wildlife Board and Tiger Conservation Authority. Presently he is a member of Uttarakhand State Wildlife Board. His primary interests are mahseer, large mammal, wildlife corridor and habitat conservation. He has authored two popular books Field Days and Walking the Western Ghats and is the senior editor of The mammals of South Asia Vol I and II.
Dr. Asad R. Rahmani is the former Director of Bombay Natural History Society. His main work is on bustards, storks, globally threatened birds, wetlands and grasslands. He has written more than 160 scientific papers, 20 books, and numerous articles, editorials and book reviews. He believes that the conservation movement in India should involve local communities, and the benefits of conservation should be received by the local people as well.
Backed with a Master's in Zoology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management, Kedar Gore has been actively engaged since 1997 in wildlife conservation and environmental protection work with reputed NGOs such as WWF-India and TERI. Kedar has been working as the Director of The Corbett Foundation since July 2009 and heads of all its divisions. He has received the NUFFIC Fellowship of The Netherlands Government in 2009 and 2012, and is a Fellow of the International Visitor Leadership Program 2010 of the US Department of State. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation Biology from the Bombay Natural History Society, in addition to other professional courses from the Wildlife Institute of India, the Wageningen University, and the US Department of State. He is a Member of the IUCN Commissions - Commission on Education and Communication, Species Survival Commission (Bustard Specialist Group) and World Commission on Protected Areas. Kedar has been honoured with IUCN CEC Excellence Award, South & Southeast Asia in 2019, Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Awareness by Think Wildlife Awards in 2018 and 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators Award by World CSR Congress in 2018.
Harendra Singh Bargali completed a Doctorate at Saurashtra University, Gujarat, India, studying sloth bear ecology and human-bear conflicts, and is one of the first individuals to conduct an intensive study of this species in India. Apart from being Deputy Director at TCF, is also currently Research Associate at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, USA, and Co-Chair of the IUCN/BSG Sloth Bear Expert Team. He has previously worked with Wildlife Institute of India, Wildlife Policy Research Cell and WWF, and has also been a member of the Uttarakhand State Wildlife Advisory Board (2012-2014).
Naveen Pandey is one of the finest veterinary surgeons in India, and has over 14 years of experience in the field. His study on the welfare, status and management of captive elephants in West Bengal is now a commonly followed standard. He lays emphasis on Preventive Medicine, Disease Surveillance and Conservation Medicine to contain the spread of diseases amongst wildlife. He holds an MBA and works for interdepartmental collaboration for effective conservation initiatives. He has recently been awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship for studying Conservation Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
Devesh Gadhavi has a Master's in Zoology and is pursuing his PhD in Zoology (Wildlife Science). An avid wildlife photographer, he is a member of 'State Level Bustard Conservation Committee' in Gujarat, and has played a key role in the preparation of the 'Bustard Recovery Plan for Kachchh District'. He has eight years experience in the field of ecology, and his main topic of interest is avian ecology. He has been instrumental in undertaking ecological and socio-economic projects in Kutch in collaboration with the Forest Department of Gujarat.
Gyanendra Prajapati has a Master's in Social Work and a Bachelor's in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery. He is actively involved in the examination of patients at OPDs and village camps, and conducts health awareness programmes for students and local communities living around Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
Rajesh Sakat has a Master's in Social Work with a specialisation in Family and Child Welfare from Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune. He is currently pursuing a PhD from Tata Institute of Social Sciences on Corporate Social Responsibility with a focus on Rural Development. He has over 10 years of experience in the social developmental sector. At TCF, he heads 'Pukaar' TCF's livelihood training programme for forest-dependent communities.
Rashid Khan has a Bachelor's in the stream of Commerce. He is currently pursuing the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Programme from the CFA Institute. He has over 4 years of experience in the field of Accountancy and Finance and has previously worked with Quatrro FPO Solutions.
Dushyantsinh Jhala, incharge of handling accounts and internal audit, has done his graduation in Psychology and brings with him around 18 years of professional work experience. With a keen interest in wildlife and conservation, he started his career as a researcher on Lesser Florican project in Blackbuck National Park, Bhavnagar. He has worked as an accountant in various companies. He is also an avid birdwatcher and is a gifted artist, whose wildlife paintings on canvas perfectly depict the moods of wildlife.
Dikesh Chaudhary works as Project Officer at TCF's Kanha division where he focuses on organizing livelihood training programmes for forest-dependent communities, formation of SHGs, and creating market-linkages for SHGs and individual entrepreneurs. He has a Master's in Social Work and and an experience of over three years in various livelihood-generating skills and in working with communities living in and around Kanha Tiger Reserve.
A self-motivated and immensely passionate wildlife rescuer, Manoj Gogoi has been rescuing snakes, birds and mammals for the last eight years in the villages at the fringe of the Kaziranga Tiger Reserve. His understanding about snake ecology and behavior is remarkably field-oriented. His composure while attending a rescue is pleasure to watch. The local community in Kaziranga identifies Manoj as the one who is available and accessible 24x7 . He aspires to take wildlife conservation away from confines of an office set up and merge it with the community in action.
An impeccably sound extension worker, Dibyajyoti Saikia, is known for his artistic inclinations in the community around Kaziranga Tiger Reserve. He has dexterously used the goodwill- generated through art, folk and dance activities- for establishing livelihood vocational training programme in Kaziranga for TCF. His Assamese background with family-driven agricultural exposure helps him to identify suitable livelihood interventions for the local villagers. He carries over 15 years of experience in wildlife and eco-tourism In Assam and Andhra Pradesh and advocates group-based vocations for an effective social change.
Dr. Lalit Singh holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine & surgery (BAMS) degree and is an MD in Ayurveda (Pharmacology with manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicine) from Rishikul Government Ayurvedic College, Hardwar, Uttarakhand. His thesis work involved extraction of copper from copper sulphate & preparing of copper bhasma. His interests in the medical field lie in the research of health, Ayurveda and alternative healing systems. Currently at The Corbett Foundation's division at Ramnagar, Corbett, he heads the Rural Medical Outreach Programme and the medical team during medical camps and at the OPD.