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In Memoriam: Prof Dhritikanta Lahiri Choudhury (1931-2019), Conservation Legend :

March 1, 2019: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of professor and wildlife conservationist Prof D. K. Lahiri Choudhury. Prof Lahiri Choudhury was unwell for several months suffering from age-related problems and passed away on March 1, 2019 at the age of 87. He was born in September 1931 at Kalipur village in Mymensingh district of Bangladesh.

A retired professor of English at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (India), he was involved with conservation, management and research on elephants in India for many decades. He was one of the founder member of Asian Elephant Specialist Group and member of the advisory committee of Project Elephant in India in 2004 and many other committees. Prof Lahiri Choudhury has worked extensively in Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and other elephant areas in India surveying the status and distribution of elephants, human-elephant conflict and other elephant conservation issues.

Prof Lahiri-Choudhury was a prolific writer and has authored many books on elephants including the “The Great Indian Elephant” and “A Trunk full of Tales: Seventy years with the Indian elephants”. Prof Lahiri Choudhry received Ananda Puraskar in 2007 for his book in Bengali on elephants (Hatir Boi).

Appreciation for Prof Lahiri Choudhury by Dr A.J.T.Johnsingh


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