Divyaraj is a professional wildlife rehabilitator based in Rajkot, Gujarat. Having studied wildlife rehab in South Africa he returned to his native homeland so that he could closely work with wildlife that suffer over here due to lack of proper care and treatment. Shah started his career by working as a vet assistant for various veterinary doctors and subsequently went on to establish his own wildlife rehab center. He has worked with many different species of wild birds and mammals. A member of IFAW-WTI’s Emergency Relief Network, he works with the forest department, zoos and other NGO’s in order to raise the standard of care and management practices for the permanent residents and rescued animals. In the past, he has also worked as the Field Biologist for the Bombay Natural History Society’s Vulture Safe Zone project in Gujarat.
Viral is a professional wildlife call recorder based in Amreli, Gujarat. A skilled naturalist, Viral is a connoisseur of birdsong – able to identify dozens of avian species through little more than their lilting calls. Often using personally invented recording equipment; he has managed to record calls of over 500 species of birds found in the country. Using their calls he has added to the bird list of Saurashtra, incorporating difficult-to-identify species including the Bristled Grassbird and the Grasshopper Warbler. At 24, he is a veteran lecturer, regularly relied upon by the Gujarat Forest Department to help with capacity building. He has assisted in important bird studies, like the Gujarat Vulture Survey. He works for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation and has worked as Field Assistant for Bombay Natural History Society’s Vulture Safe Zone project in Gujarat.
Dipesh is a professional in the field of Human Resources, presently working for an MNC based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Although he has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, he is passionate about birds and reptiles. He has volunteered at wildlife rehab shelter run by Animal Help Foundation, Ahmedabad and has over a decade of experience in raptor husbandry and training techniques. He has specialized in working with raptors and due to his rich experience in dealing with a variety of birds; his knowledge in this area is unparalleled. A mentor to this organization, his able guidance has enabled us to successfully treat and release several difficult cases. His continuous moral help and support has helped our organization in developing good standards and innovative techniques of treatment and care.
Dr. Lakshmi has done her M.V.Sc in Veterinary Pathology from College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala. She is the recipient of various prestigious awards like the Pondicherry University Prize, Pfizer’s Veterinary Medallion etc. for outstanding academic performances. She has worked as a veterinary surgeon at Animal Care Trust, Mangalore. In addition, she has also worked as a veterinary doctor at Karuna (SPCA), CUPA, and as a consultant at the Pillikula Zoo, Mangalore. Her expertise in animal shelter management, treatment, post-mortem examinations, record maintenance, labor management, resource management, quarantine procedures and clinical emergencies make her an invaluable resource and we are proud to have her as a part of our team at the center.
Neerja is an architect from the I. P. School of Architecture, Gujarat. She is the Head Architect and Creative Director at C.R.O.W. A staunch believer in sustainable living, she believes in using her designing abilities to help and better nature and environment. She brings new ideas and innovations, which is reflected, through her work at our center. All her ideas are pro-environment which takes into consideration the vision and mission of our organization. She has been instrumental in designing the center since its inception. As the Creative Head, she and Bhardwaj are responsible for designing awareness illustrations for the center as well as its various outreach programs.
Aastha is professional counselor based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. After successfully completing her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, she relocated back to her hometown because she wanted to help the kids who don’t have access to such services there. She believes that humans have an innate potential for development and works with individuals and groups to facilitate the process of achieving wellbeing, life satisfaction, and positive mental health. Passionate about nature, especially mountains and rivers, she joined our team as volunteer fundraiser in 2014. She soon took on more responsibilities and currently she is the Public Relations Head for the center. Her main job is to coordinate with all our sustaining donors, government liaisoning and fundraising. A passionate classical dancer, she is persistent, dedicated and an invaluable asset to the center.
Yashodhar has done his B.Sc. in Zoology from Saurashtra University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Zoology from the Department of Biosciences. Basically from rural Gujarat, he has been brought up in Rajkot. Due to his background, he has had close interaction with nature, which got him interested in research and wildlife. He has been volunteering at the center since its inception. Over a period of time, he excelled in rescuing injured wildlife and in August 2016 joined the staff as Head of Rescue Operations. He is trained in awareness creation and is working at the grass root level for the conservation of wild species and habitats. His hobbies include horse riding and cricket. His passion and love for nature has made him a dedicated and committed member of our organization.
Since it’s inception in 2014, the center has been dedicated to offering a reliable and high quality resource for the rehabilitation of all orphaned, abandoned, injured or incapacitated urban wildlife. C.R.O.W. also strives to educate the public and create awareness about various issues related to wildlife, emphasizing humane solutions to human-wildlife conflicts and interactions.
The center runs mainly on income generated by way of small donations from kindhearted people.
The center is currently spread out over approximately 3 acres of land on the banks of the river Aji. The overall landscape of the center can be divided into two levels. The upper level houses mainly the Director’s residence, guest rooms for visiting vets, a plant nursery and a lawn/display area. The lower half currently holds one ground water well, a small natural pond, an orchard and one enclosure. The proposed flight pens, mews and aviaries along with the hospital and other units are to be developed on this level.
The center and it’s surrounding areas boast of a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Our inventories have recorded over 90 species of birds, 24 species of mammals, 8 species of lizards and 11 species of snakes. In addition, due to the presence of a natural lake nearby there are many species of amphibians. Our campus has a rich variety of native bird friendly trees, which provide ample shelter to the birds.
To rescue injured, orphaned, abandoned and incapacitated wild birds and animals in distress and provide them with veterinary treatment and general care and strive to rehabilitate them back into the wild after ascertaining the sustainability of the habitat.
To use specially developed techniques for orphaned chicks/babies and hack them back into the wild. Also, to use lifetime grounded birds whose quality of life can be maintained in captivity for educational/conservation purposes.
To help and encourage people to support their backyard wildlife.
To run a nursery of indigenous and bird friendly tree species and promote native tree afforestation.
To create public awareness and provide solutions in order to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
The center is located on the Rajkot Bhavnagar highway on the outskirts of Kalipat village. Rajkot is well connected through road, rail and air. It’s at a distance of 225 km from Ahmedabad by road. From Aji crossroads, take the Bhavnagar highway. At approximately 8 km, turn right onto Kalipat main road. After around 1 km, turn left from the Kalipat Bus Stop and arrive at the center.