About Us

At a time when the loss of Tiger habitat was at its peak and Tiger numbers were dwindling as a result of rampant poaching, Tiger Watch was forged out of a collective but iron will, to tackle a crisis that had overwhelmed both state and non-governmental resources. Fighting many battles at ground zero, Tiger Watch not only seeks to protect the Tiger, but also works to preserve the entire landscape, and continuously re-defines wildlife conservation in Ranthambhore and its environs. 

An organization of like-minded individuals, Tiger Watch, was founded by the Late Fateh Singh Rathore. Today, Tiger Watch applies its expertise to offer innovative and practical solutions to the challenges faced by an ever-changing ecosystem. Sitting at a unique vantage point, we are privileged to aid the Forest Department in augmenting their resources in creative ways to address the various challenges faced in the management of the famous but fragile Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Thus, Tiger Watch leads by example and continues to break new horizons in the world of conservation.

Fateh Singh Rathore (1938-2011)

Founder

Ranthambhore was the place that brought the tiger to the consciousness of the world. Fateh Ji brought glory to Ranthambhore and made it the celebrated Tiger Reserve it is today. He served as Ranthambhore’s Field Director and later founded the Tiger Watch. He firmly believed in working with people to save the tiger and in a country that is 1.5 billion strong, his people-centric approach is the only one that worked.

Board Members

Iskander Lalljee

Iskander Lalljee

Chairman

A thorough gentleman who firmly believes in giving back to the planet and humanity.  Fondly referred to as Isky Sir, he is the main financial supporter of the organization and has played a pivotal role in shaping the Mogya Education Programme. He is based out of Gurugram but keenly monitors operations on the ground.

Dr. Goverdhan Singh Rathore

Dr. Goverdhan Singh Rathore

Vice-Chairman

An artist by heart, a medical practitioner by training and a conservationist by passion, he is the founder of the largest non-government organization of the district called the Prakartik Society, which employs 200 people. A state of art hospital and school are two examples of his exemplary work. He is a leading philanthropist in the area, who has received several international and national level awards while he also successfully runs a boutique hotel – Khemvillas at Ranthambore.

Ashutosh Mahadevia

Ashutosh Mahadevia

Secretary

He is the main founder of Tiger Watch, Fateh ji used to say that he actually made Tiger Watch materialise and created a board for this organisation. He is a businessman based in Mumbai, but his heart is always in Ranthambhore. He single handedly raises funds, supports and manages the administrative work for the organisation.

Soonoo B. Tararporewala

Soonoo B. Tararporewala

Treasurer

Retired from the British Council Library, Soonoo Taraporewala is a regular visitor to Ranthambhore for the last 30 years. She has written a biography on the life of Fateh Singh Rathore and followed his passion as a disciple of the wild. Her bond with Ranthambore continues to blossom and she has always stood by Tiger Watch’s side, both in times of strength and crisis. 

Sachin Rai

Sachin Rai

Joint Secretary

One of the finest photographers in the country. Sachin Rai is engaged in the business of travel. Also a multimedia expert, he has tuned in with his expertise several times be it for making films, our website, and documents.

Rishad Naoroji

Rishad Naoroji

Member

Rishad Naoroji was not only a friend and supporter of Fateh Singhji, but also a guide to propagate and support species other than Tigers, especially raptors.

Dr. Ajay Veer Khurana

Dr. Ajay Veer Khurana

Member

Ajay is a surgeon of fine repute. Based in Jaipur, he advocates for Tiger Watch  in the political and bureaucratic corridors of Rajasthan, thus ensuring positive manoeuvring and image building for Tiger Watch.

Ishan Dhar

Ishan Dhar

Member

Ishan Dhar became associated with Tiger Watch when Tiger Watch’s tiger monitoring team first expanded in 2015 and has actively participated in Tiger Watch interventions ever since. Since April 2021, he has looked after the organisation’s research, development and communications. He has also served on Tiger Watch’s Board of Directors since 2017. The youngest individual to do so. He has co-authored two books and multiple research articles in journals and the electronic and print media. Ishan is also a Net Zero fellow, an exclusive program for 100 emerging Indian political and public leaders curated by the School of Policy & Governance.

Dr Dharmendra Khandal

Dr Dharmendra Khandal

Member

Dr Dharmendra Khandal has been a conservation biologist with Tiger Watch since 2003 and has led the organisation as executive director since 2011. His work with Tiger Watch has involved proactive anti-poaching, wildlife monitoring and groundbreaking conservation research. He has forged new frontiers in community-based conservation through his interventions in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve and beyond. Dr Khandal is also the editor-in-chief of Rajasthan Biodiversity

Anjali Patel Mehta

Anjali Patel Mehta

Member

Former Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank and mother of two, Anjali Patel Mehta began her creative journey in 2012 when she founded her ready-to-wear label, Studio Verandah. A chance encounter with the tiger T-91 in the Ranthambhore National Park inspired her to start a collection themed around this most interesting of tigers. The collection was the first of its kind and brought the nuances surrounding tigers in Ranthambhore and the new realities of wildlife conservation to a whole new audience. Anjali has founded and consistently supported Baagh Pari, a pioneering and a first of its kind specialised initiative to empower Mogya girls.

Punit Lalbhai

Punit Lalbhai

Member

Executive Director of Arvind ltd. , Punit is no stranger to Ranthambhore nor wildlife conservation. As a young prodigious lad of 17, and with the encouragement of our late founder Fateh Singh Rathore, Punit participated in Ranthambhore’s first ever camera trap based tiger census in 1999 under the supervision of Dr. Ullas Karanth. Punit spearheads initiatives in sustainability and strongly supports Tiger Watch’s initiatives in community based conservation.

Abhimanyu Golcha

Abhimanyu Golcha

Member

Abhimanyu Golcha has been the Director of the Golcha Group since 1994. In this capacity, he leads a group of Industries which are engaged in Mining, Cosmetics, Cinemas and Banking. A wildlife and nature lover and outdoor enthusiast with a soft spot for wildlife photography art, and local indigenous cultures, his love for Ranthambhore and his support for Tiger Watch led initiatives, came about very naturally. Abhimanyu has founded and consistently supported Rajasthan Biodiversity, an online portal focusing on pan-Rajasthan conservation issues, allowing for the development of a consolidated approach to wildlife conservation in the state for the very first time.

Executive Team

Dr Dharmendra Khandal

Dr Dharmendra Khandal

Executive Director & Conservation Biologist

Dr Dharmendra Khandal has been a conservation biologist with Tiger Watch since 2003 and has led the organisation as executive director since 2011. His work with Tiger Watch has involved proactive anti-poaching, wildlife monitoring and groundbreaking conservation research. He has forged new frontiers in community-based conservation through his interventions in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve and beyond. Dr Khandal is also the editor-in-chief of Rajasthan Biodiversity

Ishan Dhar

Ishan Dhar

Research, Development & Communications

Ishan Dhar became associated with Tiger Watch when Tiger Watch’s tiger monitoring team first expanded in 2015 and has actively participated in Tiger Watch interventions ever since. Since April 2021, he has looked after the organisation’s research, development and communications. He has also served on Tiger Watch’s Board of Directors since 2017. The youngest individual to do so. 

Praveen Singh

Praveen Singh

Assistant Conservation Biologist & Program Officer

Praveen has an MSc in Life Sciences and has worked as an assistant field biologist with Tiger Watch since 2023. Praveen compiles much of the extensive data transmitted by our field teams and manages all ongoing programs. Praveen also serves as the managing editor of Rajasthan Biodiversity

Field Team

Harimohan Gurjar

Harimohan Gurjar

Tiger Monitoring Program Coordinator

A postgraduate in sociology, Harimohan is a Village Wildlife Volunteer and the program coordinator of our Tiger Monitoring Program. His main responsibilities are monitoring tigers and conducting anti-poaching operations. He has worked with us since 2015.  He has also conducted surveys in and around Ranthambhore, including those involving socio-economics.

Dharmsingh Gurjar

Dharmsingh Gurjar

Bagh Mitra Program Coordinator

Dharm Singh is the program coordinator of the Bagh Mitra Tiger Conservation Awareness Program. His main responsibilities are managing the teams of mobile teachers operating in the districts of Sawai Madhopur, Karauli and Bundi. He has completed a Master’s in Hindi and previously worked as a Village Wildlife Volunteer in our Tiger Monitoring Program.  He has also conducted multiple surveys in and around Ranthambhore.

Meethalal Gurjar

Meethalal Gurjar

Mogya Education Program & Baagh Pari Coordinator

With a background in the Arts and mechanical ITI,  Meethalal serves as a program coordinator and teacher for our Mogya Education and Baagh Pari Programs. He also monitors the overall development of the students.

Bihari Singh Gurjar

Bihari Singh Gurjar

Tiger Monitoring Coordinator

Bihari Singh is a Village Wildlife Volunteer and area coordinator in our Tiger Monitoring Program . His main responsibilities are monitoring wildlife and conducting anti-poaching operations in the Mandrayal range within the Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary and Dholpur Reserve Forest.

HariSingh Gurjar

HariSingh Gurjar

Tiger Monitoring Coordinator

Hari Singh is a Village Wildlife Volunteer and area coordinator in our Tiger Monitoring Program. His main responsibilities are monitoring tigers and conducting anti-poaching operations in the vicinities of Ranthambhore Division I. He has done his matric and has worked with us since 2015. He has conducted multiple surveys in and round Ranthambhore.

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2022-2023

Annual Report 2021-2022

Annual Report 2020-2021

Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report 2018-2019

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report 2015-2016

Annual Report 2014-2015

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  • Mr. Frederic Geffroy
  • Mr. Jaisal Singh & Mrs. Anjali Singh
  • Mr. Dieter Gutmann
  • Mr. Ajay Chopra
  • Mr. Ashok Mahindra
  • Mr. Irfan Quadar
  • Mr. Sachin & Mrs Divya Rajkrishnan
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  • Mrs Mona Patel
  • Mr. Tarun Bansal
  • Mr. Rahul Khosla
  • Mr. Shivrang Keshav Purohit
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