Our team is our strength. Motivated youth from the local villages have been trained and sensitised to work on our projects. Since 2001, TRACT has given employment to more than 20 youth annually, creating local leadership within the communities for wildlife conservation.
We encourage our team members to use the training and the time spent with TRACT as a stepping stone to move forward and join the State Forest Department. This helps them get a permanent employment with the government and also ensures motivated young local people within the system.
We are proud of Vinod Jambhule and Rundan Katkar who were trained with TRACT and worked on our projects and are now part of the State Forest Department.
ABHILASHA WAKDOT - PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR: Born and brought up in the forests of Kanha, Abhilasha has the wild engrained in her. Wilderness as her second home, she came to TRACT 5 years ago, with a passion to work for wildlife. Armed with a Masters in business administration with a double specialisation in financial marketing and administrative work, she's high on energy and keeps the office together. Handling all administrative challenges for TRACT, she's the go-to for all information and data. She has an aptitude to learn new languages and is an avid reader.
AMAN SAHU - PROJECT MANAGER : Aman has done his graduation and MBA in marketing from the the Nagpur University. The dedication and enthusiasm that he brings to the work environment every day is commendable. Manager project for the 'Conservation of Community and Forest' in 45 village of the Pench tiger reserve buffer under the Village Social Transformation Foundation, Aman coordinates the administration and the progress of the project with the field team, the officials at the 10 Gram Panchayats, the village heads and the senior officials at the revenue offices.
AJINKYA BAMBHURKAR - CONSERVATION OFFICER Ajinkya comes across an energetic wildlife enthusiast, who has spent a number of hours in the field. With his knack for details, a knowledge of the wild and a flair to lead, teamed with a command over languages, he is an asset to TRACT as he watches over the ongoing projects and the timeline. When not in office, Ajinkya in found in the exploring the jungles.
HIVRAJ RAUT - PROJECT FIELD CO-ORDINATOR Hivraj has been working in the Pench and Nagzhira Nawegaon landscape. A local youth from Gondia, with a passion to work with the local communities and the forest, Hivraj supervised the Village Social Transformation Mission, worked closely with the local communities and delivered satisfactory results. He is best suited to our Tiger Ambassador program, working for leadership in local people, to mitigate human - wildlife conflict.
SURYABHAN SURPAM - CONSERVATION LEADER Suryabhan, originating from the Kolara village in the Tadoba buffer, has been an integral part of the TRACT team since the last 13 years. He joined TRACT as a junior field personnel, assisting with the patrols in the buffer. But soon, his field tracking skills and an understanding of the conditions of the locals living withe core boundaries, he commenced his work for assisting these families through their voluntary rehabilitation. Suryabhan has worked with them, addressing their documentation to ensure a sure and just package to them. With his understanding of human - large carnivore conflict, Suryabhan has also assisted in addressing mitigation at all levels.