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 Master of Veterinary Sciences. His passion is to rescue wild animals, keeping them with him till recovery and releasing them back in the wild. After voluntarily resigning the Ph. D. position at Oklahoma State University, USA, he decided to return to India and work full time for his organization Wild-CER. His life is full of joy and happiness as he is the true admirer of beauty of Mother ‘Nature’. Bahar is a Veterinary Parasitologist by profession and has number of national and international publications in his account and have given presentations at many conferences, workshops at national and international level. His research is focused on “Diseases of free ranging as well as captive wild animals and its management”. He is also working on Vulture Conservation in Central India.

Being in love with classical music, he enjoys playing flute, tabla, and many other instruments. Also, he has led his university for Badminton, Basketball. Bahar also loves writing on wildlife issues.

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

Dr. Priya Bahar Baviskar

Vice President

Priya is a Master of Veterinary Sciences and is currently working as Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Nagpur Veterinary College, Nagpur. Being actively involved in rescue of wild animals she became integral part of the Wild-CER family. She is more interested in Reptiles. This courageous lady 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”.

Priya has number of publications and presentations at national and international level in her account.

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.

 

Dr. Pravin Bankar

Secretary

A genetician by profession, Pravin is a Master of Veterinary Science and currently working as Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Genetics at Akola. Being a nature lover, he enjoys outing and travelling at remote places. 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.

 

Dr. Ajay Deshmukh

Co-Secretary

Ajay is currently working as wildlife veterinarian at Leopard Rescue Centre at Manikdoh, Junnar. He is a smiling face person who enjoys his job and likes to give something more than expected. He is a Master of Veterinary Sciences with Gynaecology as his specialization. He is actively involved in leopard rescue and rehabilitation and has reunited 3 leopard cubs with their mother, which is a tremendous achievement in itself.

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

 

Mr. Ashish Dagwar

Treasurer

Ashish is a wildlife enthusiast and have visited all the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries around Nagpur. 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.

Dr. Ashish Tiple

Research Member

Ashish is entomologist by profession and currently working as Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Zoology at Wardha. He enjoys being in jungle and passionately working in the field. He has 7 books and number of papers and presentations at national/international meetings in his credit on an extensive range of ecological, behavioral and biogeographical research of central Indian insects. His prime research focuses on Butterfly biodiversity; taxonomy; behavior; population dynamics; molecular ecology (DNA bar-coding) and insect tissue culture; In addition, he is also an 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), SLWCS, CCS.

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.

Dr. James Lish

Chief Patron and Advisor of Research Section for Wild-CER

Dr. Lish, a raptor biologist by heart and passion is currently working 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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