Empowering India's Grassroots Conservationists

Charity Wildlife Conservation

Support 'mud-on-the-boots' conservationists working to protect India's vanishing wildlife!


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Cara Tejpal
  • We Crossed Four Lakh!

    by Cara Tejpal on June, 18 2017



    Thanks to 117 of you, we've met 40 per cent of our target!

    Your contributions have made it possible for the Sanctuary Nature Foundation to expand the scope of the Mud on Boots Project. So, even as the campaign continues, our team of two is inviting and shortlisting nominations for new Project Leaders. 

    If we meet our target of ten lakh rupees, we will be in a position to enable two new Project Leaders, and hold capacity building exercises for some of our current 12 leaders. The latter could include advanced animal handling workshops for our team of wildlife rescuers known as The Flying Squad in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh; better equipment for our forest guard, Zakhuma Don, in Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram; or the purchase of educational resource material for  Tsuseki and Limthure, Yimchunger tribals and Project Leaders who run conservation education programmes in Fakim village, Nagaland.

    We have 32 days to raise the remaining funds, and I'm counting on you to spread the word and encourage the nature-lovers in your life to chip in.

    A big, warm thank you for your support!

    P.S: The picture of the two Great Hornbills was sent to us by Project Leader Zakhuma Don in Mizoram, who encountered them while on forest patrol; the picture of these adorable schoolchildren comes from Tsuseki and Limthure in Nagaland, who regularly hold workshops on the importance of biodiversity and conservation for kids in the village!  

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About the Fundraiser


What does shepherd Urs Khan from Rajasthan have in common with Nyishi tribal elder Takam Nabum in Arunachal Pradesh? 

They're both Project Leaders under the Sanctuary Nature Foundation's Mud on Boots Project. Urs (pictured with his father and flock, above) protects the habitat of the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard, while Nabum ji leads community conservation initiatives in the buffer of the Pakke Tiger Reserve.

In January 2017, I worked with Sanctuary to launch the Mud on Boots Project, a programme designed to empower and support grassroots conservationists in India, regardless of their academic qualifications or affiliations. The Project provides a fixed monetary grant to selected Project Leaders to execute specific conservation projects over a period of two years. In addition, we work to raise the profiles of these grassroots workers, communicate their conservation imperatives, connect them to pertinent organisations and forward their causes.

Our current 12 unconventional Project Leaders may not speak English, use Facebook or have gone to school, but they are saving lives, impacting policy, engaging with communities and protecting the stunning wildernesses that gift us clean air and water. 

Through this crowdfunding campaign, I aim to raise funds for two new projects thus expanding this incredible network of earth heroes who work against all odds in the service of nature. 

Each of our Project Leaders - from Sunil Harsana who works to protect Haryana's sacred Mangar Bani forest to Sajal Madhu who mitigates human-elephant conflict in Chhattisgarh to Zakhuma Don who works as a forest guard in Mizoram's Dampa Tiger Reserve to Rajeev Chauhan (pictured with a rescued spotted pond turtle) who defends gharial habitat along the Chambal river - is inspirational! 

Your support will allow us to identify and empower more such quiet individuals who walk in and work for wild India.

P.S: The Project Leader in the main picture is Manoj Gogoi. Manoj lives in Assam, near the Kaziranga National Park, and specialises in wildlife rescue and release!


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