Two #indian #wildlife #conservationistsamong the six winners of the prestigious 'Green Oscars' this year! The annual Whitley Awards, popularly known as the 'Green Oscars', which recognise and celebrate significant contributions in the field of wildlife conservation, were announced on May 18, 2017 at the Royal Geographic Society, #London. Purnima Barman, known as the driving force behind the ‘Hargila Army’, works with Assam-based NGO, Aranayak. She was awarded the Whitley for her efforts towards the conservation of the critically #endangeredGreater Adjutant #storkand its #wetlandhabitat.Sanjay Gubbi from Karnataka, won the Whitley for his contribution towards #tiger #conservation. Gubbi left his job as an electrical engineer to work as a scientist with the Nature Conservation Foundation. His area of work involves connecting and protecting tiger habitats. In 2012, after years of struggle he managed to get 2,385 km. of tiger habitat legally secured, increasing India’s total Protected Area by 60,000 acres.