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Women in the Wild: A Celebration of Indian Women Wildlife Biologists

Discover the remarkable journeys of Indian women wildlife biologists in Anita Mani's 'Women in the Wild.' Celebrate their achievements and perseverance in a traditionally male-dominated field.
on Jun 15, 2024
Women in the Wild | Anita Mani's

Anita Mani's "Women in the Wild" shines a light on the remarkable achievements of Indian women who have carved a path in wildlife conservation.  These are not just scientists; they are explorers, brimming with passion and dedication who have broken barriers in a traditionally male-dominated field.

The book features a captivating cast of characters, each with their own unique story. We meet J. Vijaya, the "Turtle Girl," whose tireless research led to a ban on the turtle trade in India. We learn about Jamal Ara, a pioneering ornithologist whose legacy was almost forgotten. Each chapter is a testament to the grit and determination required to navigate the challenges of fieldwork, from battling societal expectations to the physical demands of working in remote locations.

"Women in the Wild" is more than just a collection of biographies. It delves into the emotional core of these women's journeys. The book emphasizes how their deep connection to the natural world fuels their work and challenges the stereotype of scientific objectivity. It showcases the importance of empathy and collaboration in achieving conservation goals.

The book is enriched by the contributions of various authors, offering diverse perspectives on the experiences of these women. From Usha Ganguli-Lachungpa's heart-stopping encounter with a bird to Vidya Athreya's investigation into leopard attacks, each story is a testament to the unwavering spirit of these remarkable individuals.

While celebrating their achievements, the book doesn't shy away from the challenges women face in field biology. It sheds light on the difficulties of balancing long hours in remote areas with societal expectations and navigating a field that hasn't always been welcoming.

"Women in the Wild" is not just a celebration of the past; it's an inspiration for the future. By chronicling the stories of these groundbreaking women, Mani creates a powerful message for aspiring conservationists, particularly young women, demonstrating that a career protecting the natural world is a path open to them. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in wildlife conservation, women's empowerment, or simply a good story about perseverance and passion.

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