Remembering A.J.T. Johnsingh: A Luminary in Wildlife Conservation

A.J.T. Johnsingh, a renowned biologist and wildlife conservation activist, passed away at 78, leaving behind an enduring legacy. His contributions to wildlife biology, including the establishment of tiger reserves and study of the Dhole, inspired many. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and others paid tributes to his invaluable work.


PTI | Chennai | Updated: 08-06-2024 11:43 IST | Created: 08-06-2024 11:43 IST
Remembering A.J.T. Johnsingh: A Luminary in Wildlife Conservation
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Renowned biologist and conservation activist A.J.T. Johnsingh, who passed away on June 7, has been a beacon of inspiration for wildlife conservationists across India. His enduring legacy will continue to guide future generations.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin described him as a luminary in wildlife conservation. 'Johnsingh's dedication to science-based conservation will continue to guide us,' he said. The distinguished Indian wildlife biologist Asir Jawahar Thomas Johnsingh, born on October 14, 1945, died in Bengaluru due to ailment, according to his family.

He was 78 and hailed from Tamil Nadu, survived by his sons Mike and Mervin. 'He leaves behind a rich legacy as a courageous environmental advocate and the strongest defender of the earth's flora and fauna,' his family stated. Chief Minister Stalin conveyed his heartfelt tributes and deepest condolences to Johnsingh's family and loved ones in a social media post on X. 'Tamil Nadu lost a leading light. His humility, compassion, and dedication to science-based conservation will continue to guide us.'

With his passing, Tamil Nadu Additional Chief Secretary of Environment, Climate Change, and Forests, Supriya Sahu, said the state has lost a champion of wildlife conservation. 'He was humble and compassionate yet assertive when he had to bring the spotlight on wildlife. His legacy will continue to inspire generations of wildlife biologists and nature conservationists,' she said in a post on X.

A.J.T. Johnsingh was the nation's foremost vertebrate ecologist, with significant contributions to wildlife biology and conservation, including the establishment of tiger reserves. His study of the Dhole in Bandipur National Park was pioneering as the first study of a free-ranging animal by an Indian scientist. Hundreds of wildlife conservationists across the country drew inspiration from his lectures and publications, highlighted N. Raveendran of Iragugal Amritha Trust.

'We can't hear his voice anymore, but we can hear him in the chirp of every bird, roar of every tiger, and trumpet of every tusker,' the family said in a statement, underscoring his lasting legacy in the world of conservation.

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