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Core Team

Kunal Salunkhe

Expertise – Reptiles, Wildlife Rescue

Kunal has worked on various aspects of nature conservation through Exploring forests, Wildlife rescues, participating in research programs and conducting  awareness talks. He is trained in the management of wild animals and marine creatures stranded in the aftermath of a disaster.

He is Interior Designer with passion for wildlife and nature photography as a hobby. He says, “This hobby has brought me closer to nature. I always believe that if we want our next generation to take advantage of this beautiful nature, we should preserve it for them.”

Varun Vaze

Expertise – Reptiles, Arachnids, Marine Life, Flora

Varun is an avid photographer who takes his passion on land as well as underwater. He is a SCUBA diver and likes to document underwater life. He has keen interest into subject of reptiles and arachnids, in which he has published few international research papers.

Varun is an IT professional who runs his own software development company and has passion for data analytics.

Avinash Bhagat

Expertise – Reptiles, Birds, Flora

Avinash is a quiet, young, dynamic and acclaimed passionate bird watcher. He began rescuing birds, mammals and reptiles at a very young age. This led him to work with the Animal Welfare Organizations that dealt with rescue of wild and domestic animals. He is passionate about birds and has been regularly conducting trails, seminars and workshops for school and college students, general public and corporates.

Avinash started his own wildlife tourism venture in 2013 and has been arranging birding, safaris, herpetofauna and flora trips all over India.

Abhijeet Gharat

Expertise – Reptile, Amphibians and mammals

Abhijeet is wildlife enthusiast who likes to explore and learn about biodiversity and nature. He has been actively involved into animal rescue since year 2002.  He has worked closely with famous personalities like Romulus Whitekar, Unmesh Katavte, etc. on various projects.  He coordinated animal rescue operations during disaster of cyclone Taukte.

Abhijeet run his own construction material supply business.

Nagesh Shinde

Expertise – Reptiles, Wildlife Rescue

Nagesh likes to spend most of his free time in Nature. He has worked extensively in various projects, rescue operations and nature conservation programs. His rescue work is being appreciated for more than a decade.

Nagesh works at a senior level in reputed steel industry. He believes in law of karma and says, “No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will definitely make you rich”.

Advisory Team

Ganesh Mehendale

Expertise – Reptiles, Wildlife Rescue

Ganesh has been exploring and documenting Sahyadris for more than 2 decades. He was founder president of OWLS and has been guiding the team for a long time. He is currently working as Honorary Wildlife Warden of Raigad District, Maharastra along with Forest Department.

Ganesh is structural engineer and runs his own business in Mahad, Maharashtra.