Contributing to Conservation

  • If the time and season is right, the skies over BRT Tiger Reserve put up a show of intense colors anchored by amazing foregrounds
  • Bird distribution peculiarities in BRT are a riddle to ornithologists the existence of the Green Imperial Pigeon, a bird associated with evergreen forest occurring in a dry scrub is one such.
  • Monsoon drives are full of small waterfalls. The cascades though shortlived are so impactful that they live long in ones’ memory.
  • The Indian sloth bear is probably the only animal which has pan-Indian distribution across all forest types. Here it resides even in the high altitude grasslands.
  • Chital or spotted deer is the most visible prey species  in most of the Tiger Reserve. Residing even in elevations of over 1600 mts in BRT it occupies a special niche not noticed in entire South India.

Ashok Mansur
Ashok believes his passion for the natural world combined with his love of outdoors is amply supported by easy to use digitial imaging. It lets him spend more time in nature because it increase the photographers’ confidence. He strives to create unique perspectives with engaging visual quality.

When I shifted to digital photography, I was like a floating ship making images randomly moving from the Himalayas to the jungles of Western ghats and criss-crossing the country trying to find myself and my photography. The learning curve was big and slowly I realized that having a random body of work will not help conservation working with scientists on the ground will. I was delighted to be assisting scientist Dr.H N Kumara carrying out the research study ‘An assessment of status of small carnivore species in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary’ in BRT.


Making images in an elephant infested forest is not an easy task, this combined with the aggressive nature of BRT elephants I was more worried about elephants than making my images. Many a times the shot required me lying flat on the ground to get a ground level perspective, trekking in dense undergrowth to study the ecology of small carnivores but I put a practical way of watching my back with the help of a watcher and then not taking unnecessary risks. It was a pleasure working and capturing the immense beauty of BRT Tiger Reserve, nowhere else there is a parallel in the Tiger Reserve in the country where many worlds exist in a single world of the Tiger.

One comment on “Contributing to Conservation
  1. Dilip says:

    Dear Sirs,

    Very nice effort, I am interested to contribute to conservation as well. Kindly let me know whom to approach regarding this and how take forward a hobby of photographing to the next level, aiding in protecting the species we love.


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