Vibhu PrakashPrincipal Scientist, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)
Vibhu Prakash, Ph.D, is a Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) veteran since 1980. He worked on bird migration till 1984 and has been working on raptors since.Visit Vibhu's official website.
More about VibhuVibhu studied the raptor community at Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan for four years (1984-1988) for his doctoral thesis. He studied the ecology of little known Lesser Spotted Eagle (now known as Indian Spotted Eagle -- Aquila hastate), for the first time.
In another pioneering project, he established baseline information of the status and distribution of raptors in India from 1990-1993. He coordinated a project about the problem of bird hazard to vultures between 1993-1996. Further, he studied endangered resident forest raptors as well as on raptors that congregate in large numbers like eagles and harriers.
He Identified and documented the crash in Gyps vulture population and was part of the team which established that the drug diclofenac was also responsible for the alarming decline in Gyps vulture populations in India. Later he was part of the team that prepared the South Asian Vulture Recovery Plan which included establishing and running three vulture conservation breeding programmes in the country.
Vibhu is also a Ph.D research guide for several students working on raptors. He is also a member of Central Zoo Authority of India and a Fellow of Zoological Society of London, U.K.