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Avinash Krishnan, is a large mammal ecologist studying Asian elephants in the Bannerghatta National Park. He undertook his masters in Wildlife Management and Conservation at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He is keen on pursuing his doctoral studies on elephant ecology in human dominated areas. Avinash has over a decade of experience in the field of ecology and wildlife conservation. An avid writer and a speaker, he has published many research articles and technical reports in popular journals and lectured in conservation forums related to his field of expertise. He has trained numerous students and forest frontline staff on scientific methodologies, human-wildlife conflict management, captive elephant welfare and anti-poaching efforts in the state of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. He pioneered the use of camera trap technology in documenting the faunal diversity of the Bannerghatta National Park, and was instrumental in establishing the presence of the elusive Honey Badger in this region. Avinash has carried out surveys across some countries of Africa, south-east Asia and India on elephant ecology and man-animal conflict. Avinash enjoys having long walks in forest areas understanding plant taxonomy and human-animal interactions. He has appeared widely in national and international news showcasing his efforts to conserve environment and wildlife. He currently works in the capacity of a Research Officer at A Rocha India, a unit of an international environment non-profit based in 23 countries.

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