Sunita Dhairyam Honored for Tiger Conservation Work

January 14, 2019 share
Artists for Conservation

On the 29th. of November, AFC Signature Member, Sunita Dhairyam was feted for her work in conserving tigers in India.

Dhairyam is both an accomplished artist and the founder of the Mariamma Charitable Trust, based in the  Western Ghats in southwest India, on the edge of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The organization's works to save tigers and other wildife through habitat protection and supporting local communities. 

Attending the award ceremony were: the Hon. Mr. Ramnath Rai, Minister of Forests and Environment; Mr. Sridhar, Head of the Forest Force Karnataka (HOFF); Mr. Jayaram, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) of Karnataka; and  Mr. Ambadi Mahadav, Conservator of Forests (Bandipur). Ms. Dhairyam was presented with a plaque in a ceremony that placed her in the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka.

This award acknowledged her wildlife conservation work in The Bandipur Tiger Reserve area, where she works with rural communities to curb human/wildlife conflict. Karnataka now has the largest number of wild tigers in India - the country that  has the largest number of wild tigers in the world. 

For more information about Sunita Dhairyam, visit her AFC website. For more information about the Mariamma Charitable Trust, visit

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