The threatened hornbills of Arunachal grab world attention as Aparajita Datta’s project aptly called the “threatened hornbills as icons for the conservation of the Himalayan forests of Arunachal Pradesh, India” gets short-listed for the Green Oscars. Aparajita Datta’s project to help save the hornbills of Arunachal Pradesh is among the seven other projects considered for the Green Oscars. The final results will be announced on May 2 at the Royal Geographical Society, London.

Arunachal Pradesh is the natural habitat of five species of hornbills which includes species such as the globally threatened rufous-necked hornbill and the brown hornbill. The hornbill bird has a special affinity and forms an integral part of the culture of the various tribes of Arunchal Pradesh.

The Green Oscars are presented by the London based Whitley Fund for nature. The prize money is Rs 2 crore (£245,000) to boost nature conservation initiatives in developing nations around the globe.


Photo by Hans Splinter