About the book

The idea of writing a book on wildlife law primarily for rangers and forest officers developed during interactions at law enforcement training programs that ‘Wildlife First’ has been conducting since 1997. The effective implementation of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and the prosecution of offenders, requires forest officers to also have a reasonable understanding of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. However, the lack of formal training in law and criminal procedures makes this an intimidating subject for rangers.

The book, ‘Wildlife Law for Rangers’ by Praveen Bhargav, seeks to address this major lacuna and has therefore been written in an easy-to-understand style along with specific wildlife-related examples. The step-by-step procedure to be followed right from the detection of an offence to conviction or acquittal has been illustrated in three simple, coloured charts with all the important stages covered. The book also contains a detailed chart with the classification of various wildlife offences as cognizable, non-cognizable, bailable and non-bailable. Apart from forest officers, this book will be of interest to other enforcement officers with jurisdiction on wildlife offences.


About the author

Praveen Bhargav has represented Wildlife First on the National Board for Wildlife, the highest statutory body on wildlife chaired by India’s prime minister. He has also served on various expert committees of the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the National Tiger Conservation Authority, and was part of the sub-committee on amendments to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. He has conducted several training programs and workshops for judicial officers in association with the judicial academies in many states, police officers under the aegis of the Karnataka Police Academy and forests officers/staff in association with various state forest departments.

He has also been invited to speak on conservation policy and law at National Law Schools, and to officers at the National Academy of Customs and the State Forest Service College of the MoEF. In 2002, he was nominated for the Environmental Leaders Forum hosted by CERC, Columbia University, New York. In 2005, the US government selected him to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program on Public Parks and Conservation. He currently anchors the policy and litigation campaigns of Wildlife First.