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Wilderness Wanderer: The Remarkable Journey of Sunil Limaye

by In-house Editor

Sunil Limaye’s journey into the world of wildlife began even before he could walk. A mere 6 months old, he found himself on the back of a two-wheeler motorbike, surrounded by the lush greenery of Tadoba National Park. The sight of a majestic leopard sparked a lifelong fascination with the jungle.

As he grew, so did his love for nature. By the age of 12, he was actively participating in wildlife conservation activities, laying the foundation for a remarkable career ahead.

With a degree in Forestry and a diploma in Wildlife Management, Sunil embarked on a mission to protect India’s rich biodiversity. From tackling illegal mining in wildlife sanctuaries to spearheading plastic-free campaigns in national parks, his dedication knew no bounds.

Sunil’s impact extended beyond Maharashtra, as he worked tirelessly to mitigate human-animal conflicts and promote scientific research across the country. His efforts were recognized globally, with accolades from organizations like WWF and prestigious scientific journals.

But perhaps Sunil’s greatest legacy lies in the discovery of new species. His unwavering commitment to conservation paved the way for groundbreaking research, resulting in the identification of the Limaye Gecko and the Jerzego Sunil Limaye spider.

Mr. Sunil Limaye was honored with the Conservation Luminary Award during the Wildlife Tourism Conclave and Awards held at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, his passion for wildlife continues to inspire generations of conservationists. From his first encounter with a leopard to his last day in office, Sunil’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of love for nature.

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