Maruti Chitampalli

Lifetime Achievement

Mr Chitampalli is a wildlife conservationist and Marathi writer who received his initial training from State Forest Service College in Coimbatore, and then worked with the Maharashtra State government. During his professional life, he was posted at various forests and national parks, thereby gaining valuable experience with nearly every type of bird and tree that reside in forests across the country. This laid the foundation of his interest in writing his literary works. One of his more important creations is Pakshi Kosh, an encyclopaedia of more than 400 birds, their habitats, migration patterns, breeding habits, etc. written in Marathi.

He retired as the Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests. He was instrumental in the development of the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, the Navegaon National Park, the Nagzira Sanctuary and the Melghat Tiger Project.