About Us

Wild-CER is a registered non-profit charity addressing several conservation issues including rescue and rehabilitation of wild fauna, tiger & deer translocation, diseases of wildlife and Man-animal conflict & its mitigation.Working closely in association with forest department, Wild-CER has prepared Vulture Conservation Action Plan for Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra.

With a mission of conservation through education and research, Wild-CER started its journey in 2012. Wild-CER has trained 2800 frontline staff of the forest department, 1800 veterinarians and sensitized around 10000 citizens regarding conservation issues, so far.

Throughout the journey of eight years, Wild-CER is actively involved in providing veterinary services to the wild fauna in distress in Central India.  Wild-CER have rescued and rehabilitated thousands of wild animals and birds in past which included around 17 species of mammals, 100 species of birds and 15 species of reptiles. Recently, we have completed plantation of around 50000 trees in Western Maharashtra.

Wild-CER has organized Nagpur Bird Race for consecutive five years sensitizing city bird lovers. It has also organized state level Maharashtra Pakshimitra Sammelan, Workshop on man-animal conflict and several other training programs for rescue organizations and forest department.

Wild-CER has several national and international conservation organizations as its partner.

How this organization incepted?

Dr. Bahar Baviskar, a wildlife veterinarian, conservationist, writer and a wildlife photographer, conceived an idea of having an organization devoted to wildlife conservation, education and research related to wildlife. Being involved in the conservation related activities for more than 15 years, he has been passionate to make the Earth a better place to live.

Email: wildcer@gmail.com

 

Meet the Team

 

Dr. Bahar Baviskar

Founder & Executive Director

Bahar is a wildlife veterinarian and member of Species Survival Commission (SSC), Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Species conservation planning, Wildlife Disease Risk Analysis, Chemical immobilization, Application of forensic techniques in wildlife investigation are few of the topics he is currently focused on. After voluntarily resigning the Ph. D. position at Oklahoma State University, USA, he decided to return to India and establish Wild-CER and got engaged with the conservation work in Central India.

Being in love with classical music, he enjoys playing flute, tabla, and around twenty other instruments. Also, he has led his university for Badminton, Basketball.

Address of blogspot: http://baharbaviskar.blogspot.in/

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Dr. Priya Baviskar

Vice President

Priya is a Master of Veterinary Sciences. Being actively involved in rescue of wild animals she became integral part of core team of Wild-CER. She has also worked on the project “Estimation of Tiger population at Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh” through Wildlife Institute of India. Her research is focused on “Parasitic diseases of wild animals in free ranging and captive wild animals and its management”.

She loves classical dance and is currently learning the ‘Kathak’ dance with lots of passion. She has represented her university for Badminton and Vollyball as well.

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Dr. Pravin Bankar

Secretary

A geneticist by profession, Pravin is a Master of Veterinary Science in Animal Genetics. Being a nature lover, he enjoys outing and travelling at remote places. A hardcore academician he is more interested in capacity building of researcher in designing their research and application of statistics to the compiled data. He has attended several national and international conferences and has several presentations in his account.

Pravin is a poet by heart and loves writing a lot.

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Dr. Ajay Deshmukh

Co-Secretary

Wildlife veterinarian Dr. Ajay enjoys rescue and reunion of the wildlife. Minimizing man-animal conflict by creative awareness in the conflict area particularly human dominated landscape is his area of expertise.

Ajay conducts several educational and awareness programs for students. He loves interaction with people and loves to reach to people.

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Mr. Ashish Dagwar

Treasurer

Ashish is a wildlife enthusiast and have visited all the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries around Nagpur. Working in close association with the anti-poaching wing of forest department, he has helped to arrest many poachers from Central India. He has been part of the Wild-CER family for long time and has helped Wild-CER to conduct many educational activities and camps in and around the Nagpur city.

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Dr. Ashish Tiple

Research Member

Ashish is entomologist by profession. His research is focused on an extensive range of ecological, behavioural and bio-geographical research of central Indian insects. His prime research focuses on Butterfly biodiversity; taxonomy; behaviour; population dynamics; molecular ecology (DNA bar-coding) and insect tissue culture; In addition, he is also a keen Odonatologist and Ornithologist, interested in diversity and behaviour.

He is fond of wild life photography, he is an honorary member of INTECOL (International Association for Ecology) and Invertebrate Specialist Group, IUCN.

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Mayuresh Joshi

Intern

Mayuresh is a silent nature lover who loves to enjoy nature with its every mood. He is interested in rescue and management of the wild animals. He has been part of the Wild-CER family for long time.

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Dr. James Lish

Chief Patron and Advisor of Research, Wild-CER

Raptor biologist by heart and passion, Dr. Lish worked as Associate Professor, Department of Physiological Sciences, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, USA. He has also served army during Vietnam war. He has worked as Principal Investigator for Bald Eagle project several times. Currently his research is focused on Estimates of Wing Loading in the Golden Eagle and he is collaborating with Dr. David Ellis, Oracle Arizona, and the Raptor view organization in Bozeman Montana.

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Dr. A. B. Shrivastava

Head, Wildlife Health Division

Recipient of Amrita Devi Vishnoi Award (Government of Madhya Pradesh), he has been Former Director at School of Wildlife forensic and health, NDVSU, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.  He has given contribution as wildlife veterinarian as Former Member of The Madhya Pradesh State Wildlife Board and has served as Former Adjunct Full Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Clemson University, U.S.A. With experience of more than 35 years he is actively involved in capacity building of front line staff and veterinarians across the country.

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Dr. Manisha Bhosale

PRO Head

Dr. Manisha Dinesh Bhosale is B.Sc., B.Ed., MCM, MBA and PhD. She completed Ph.D. from Symbiosis International University under the faculty of Computer Studies in January 2018. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience for MBA and MCA during 2001 to 2010. Besides, her interest in wildlife and environment, Dr. Manisha is running Bal Vachak Chalval to inculcate reading habits among children. She has donated sets of children literature (English and Marathi) to various schools in rural Maharashtra. She has also donated Management books to management colleges in rural Maharashtra.

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