GUWAHATI, April 10 � Dr Firoz Ahmed, a wildlife biologist with the conservation group Aaranyak, has been awarded the prestigious Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award 2011 in the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi recently.
Firoz has been recognised by this award for his dedicated conservation effort to save the disappearing wildlife in the region. He had earlier received the Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award 2006. He has several honours, grants and awards to his credit along with books, technical reports and scientific communications.
Firoz has been working on lesser known amphibians and reptiles since 1997, and discovered a new species of frogs. Currently he is conducting research on tigers, prey animals and their habitats in the region particularly in Orang, Manas and Kaziranga National Parks. He is also involved in community based conservation of wildlife in Assam.
Dr Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, secretary general of Aaranyak said that it is a great honour not only for Firoz but also for the organisation with which Firoz has been working for last 17 years. He hoped the young generation of Assam will get inspiration to come forward to undertake key conservation and research on flora and fauna of Assam to contribute further towards biodiversity conservation.