About The Contributors

Rajashree Khalap was an advertising copywriter but took up full time voluntary animal welfare work in 1993. She was a Project Manager with a street dog welfare non-profit in Mumbai until 2007. She started an informal group called the Indian Pariah Dog Club in 2002 to create awareness about India’s aboriginal dogs, create respect for them and promote their adoption. She started the INDog Project in 2008 to bridge gaps in public knowledge on this subject. Rajashree also works for a wildlife conservation organization in the central Indian tiger landscape.

Recent interests include spiders and Arachnology research.

Rajashree has contributed to & was part of the discovery of over half a dozen species of spiders, including the fabulous sorting hat spider which caused a world wide media sensation. She has also contributed to and was part of a seminal paper (Shannon & Boyko) on the genetics of Indian village dogs, which suggested a South Asian origin for the domestic dog.

The dainty little lady bird beetle mimicking orb spider, Paraplectana rajashree, was named in her honor.

She’s also an avid birder and curious naturalist who divides her time between researching landrace dogs and natural history exploration.

Javed Ahmed is a biologist, arachnologist and researcher whose academic interests include landrace dogs, birds, and multiple invertebrate groups. After graduating in English literature and spending over a decade with corporates, in the field of technology, he dedicated himself to the full time study of natural history.

In the past two years he has discovered and described six spider species, including a rare species of ladybird-mimicking spider, a species of spitting spider that he named after the city of Mumbai, and the Eriovixia gryffindori, which became a worldwide sensation due to its Harry Potter-inspired name.

His has also reported range extensions and behaviour of other rare spider species including Portia albimana. His papers have been published in prestigious journals including Peckhamia and the Indian Journal of Arachnology.

He is a seasoned aquarist and promotes ethical fish keeping practices. Javed is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Environmental Sciences, while he simultaneously continues his arachnology research and his study and documentation of Indian Pariah Dogs. His other interests are popular culture, technology and cooking.

Krishna Mohan is a Surgeon, environmentalist & technofetishist, who suffers from chronic photophilia and wanderlust. Other interests include Arachnology research, dogs, birds and environmental ecology. He’s described five species of spiders and reported several more new to the region. He currently divides his time between practicing medicine, teaching photography and exploring the wilderness.

Gautam Das was in the Indian Army from 1968 to 1991 as an infantry officer of the 11th Gorkha Rifles. He was a consultant with WWF-India at their Delhi HQ in the years 1994-1998. He is a member of several Specialist Groups in the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC).

He has owned and entered dogs of several breeds at KCI dog shows, mainly in Obedience classes.

Gautam Das has recently authored three books on military history, including ‘Unlearned Lessons: An Appraisal of India’s Military Mishaps’, 2007, ‘Srilanka Misadventure: India’s Military Peace-Keeping Campaign 1987-1990’, 2008, and ‘China-Tibet-India, the 1962 War and the Strategic Military Future’, 2009.

He is a founder member of the Delhi Bird Club.

Aditya Panda is a wildlife conservationist, photographer and canine enthusiast based in Orissa. An avid champion of the INDog, he is committed to raising its profile and having it officially recognized as a breed. He is an INDog owner and has observed INDogs as pets, working animals and as free-ranging animals for many years. Aditya was awarded the Young Naturalist Award from Sanctuary Asia in 2007 and the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award in 2010.