This IFS Officer is Leading Wildlife Tech & Biodiversity Revival in Gir Forest
- Indian Masterminds Bureau
- Published on 2 Nov 2023, 9:00 am IST
- 3 minutes read
- Dr. Mohan Ram introduced AI-based SIMBA software and a Carnivore Telemetry System, revolutionising wildlife monitoring in Gir Forest
- The successful reintroduction of Indian Grey Hornbills after decades signifies Dr. Mohan's restoration efforts in Gir
- His innovative approach has set a global standard for preserving diverse species and habitats, making Gir a beacon for wildlife conservation
- A report by Srajan Girdonia
Amidst the Gir Forest Wildlife Division in Sasan-Gir, Gujarat, Dr. Mohan Ram, an Indian Forest Service officer, stands as a pioneering force driving technological innovation and biodiversity preservation. With an unwavering commitment and an astute understanding of ecological systems, Dr. Mohan has catalysed a significant transformation in the conservation and management of the Gir and the Greater Gir landscapes.
In an exclusive conversation with Indian Masterminds, Dr. Mohan Ram highlighted the pivotal role cutting-edge technology plays in conservation efforts.
The implementation of various advanced methodologies has been instrumental in revolutionising wildlife conservation in the Gir region.
“The first unit is our comprehensive Safari system, meticulously monitoring the entire Gir forest. It captures every detail, offering crucial data for future planning and complaint redressal,” stated Dr. Mohan, emphasising the significance of their technological infrastructure.
Their CCTV monitoring serves as a vigilant third eye, overseeing entry and exit points throughout the landscape, ensuring a comprehensive view of activities and potential incidents, and aiding in maintaining a vigilant watch over the wildlife reserve.
One of the groundbreaking developments under Dr. Mohan’s leadership is the Carnivore Telemetry System, offering real-time alerts for animals like lions and leopards. This system is a game-changer, aiding in field management and providing critical data for scientific analysis.
Whereas the innovative SIMBA software, utilising AI and deep machine learning, acts as a unique identification system, aiding in individual recognition and long-term database maintenance. “It’s akin to an ‘Aadhaar card for lions,'” Dr. Mohan commented, emphasising the software’s role in conservation efforts.
The impact of these initiatives has been substantial. Microchipping carnivores has revolutionised their tracking capabilities, revealing insightful stories about these animals and their family connections, thus aiding in comprehensive conservation efforts.
The successful reintroduction and monitoring of the Indian Grey Hornbills, a species lost from the Gir Forests in the 1940s, symbolises a remarkable step towards biodiversity restoration. Dr. Mohan expressed, “Scientific data analysis is pivotal; it helps us understand animal behaviours, habitat requirements, and even aids in the conservation of endangered species, like the successful reintroduction and monitoring of the Indian grey hornbill.”
Dr. Mohan’s innovative approach is a beacon of hope for biodiversity conservation and wildlife management not just in Gir, but in global conservation efforts. “Overall, our technology-driven scientific initiative in Gir serves as a beacon for wildlife conservation and management, providing invaluable support in preserving diverse species and habitats,” he concluded.
Dr. Mohan Ram’s exceptional leadership in leveraging technology and scientific advancements has transformed wildlife conservation, leaving an indelible mark on the preservation of India’s natural heritage. His forward-thinking initiatives continue to inspire and set a global standard for conservation practices.
END OF THE ARTICLE