THIS female forest protector from Rajasthan is setting professional & personal goals for women

Born in a low-income household, Sukhpali Panwar is the eldest of 5 siblings.

Documented here is the story of Sukhpali Panwar, who has set an example for women across India, to break all ceilings that restrict their growth! Touted as the first female forest protector catering to the safety of the endangered bird- Great Indian Bustard, her journey is dotted by several incidents that highlight her dedication towards wildlife. This piece highlights Sukhpali Panwar's initiatives when she was posted at Rajasthan's Desert National Park.


Devoted efforts as a mother, a protector

A place called Sudasari at the Desert National Park is famous in the world as the refuge centre for the Great Indian Bustard. When Sukhpali Panwar got the opportunity to work here, she engaged in activities that ensured the well-being of these extremely shy birds by making certain that the mother-bird doesn't have to travel far in search of water.

The eggs of Great Indian Bustard are at risk from animals who might step on them or the wild dogs who pose threat to their existence. Sukhpali Panwar took care of the bird babies, along with her own 2-year-old daughter, while posted in a difficult terrain. Further, she also helped a PhD scholar with her research work related to this bird by actively collecting the requested data.

Leading by example

Born in a low-income household, Sukhpali Panwar was the eldest of 5 siblings and she continued her education even after getting married. This helped her in getting a job with the Forest Department, where she takes care of animals with full dedication. Once, she was called on duty during late-night hours to save a Nilgai and she responded with diligence. Although her mother-in-law was initially worried about her safety that day, she was more proud of the role Panwar played in saving the animal.

-With inputs from rajasthanbiodiversity.org

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