Wildlife Preservation Society (India) Dehradun is a non profit NGO registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 with Registration number 2730 of 1960-61. Current renewal number 329/2011-12 (File no. 100291).

History: The idea of framing a non official organization to serve the cause of Wildlife was first floated in 1954 by Wildlife lovers and enthusiasts like PD Stracey and JN Onial who assembled under the able leadership of Late His Highness Maharaja Sir Pratap Singh of Nabha.

The foundation of the “Wildlife Preservation Society of North India” was laid in April 1958. The Society expanded and changed into “Wildlife Preservation Society of India” in 1960. The Maharaja remained the President of the Society from the conceptual meeting in 1954 till 24.07.1995, the day he breathed his last. He was Patron of the Society and helped it all through his life. After his demise Maharani Sahiba of Nabha was the Patron of the Society till she breathed her last. Before her death she donated Rs. 250000/- to the Society by legal Will which came very handy when the Society was in financial crisis. The Society purchased its office accommodation at 7A, Astley Hall, Dehradun on 17.10.1978 at a modest cost of Rs. 24000/-. This place became very crowded and attempts to encroach its premises twice could be thwarted with police help. The premises had to be sold and a new office accommodation has now been purchased at Heritage Apartment, 18, New Road, Dehradun.
The Society became very popular in the very beginning and by September 1959 it had following membership.

  • Patrons –: 17 all Maharajas of erstwhile States of India.
  • Life Members- 14- including Mr MD Chaturvedi IFS and Mr.PD Strecey IFS.
  • Honorary members – 7 including EP Gee, Dr. Punjab Rao Deshmukh, Union Minister and great Dr. Salim Ali of BNHS.
  • Affiliated Members -2
  • Ordinary members – 95, including Stalwarts like RL Holdsworth of Doon School, Brig. Gambhir Singh, Surveyor General of India, Commandant Military College, SSNegi, first Chief Wildlife Warden of UP, President FRI, GG Takle , IGF, GoI, Chief Conservators of Forest J & K, MP & HP , Dr Gardiner Bump, Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service and James A. Sutherland Dy. News Editor. The Statesman with many other important personalities.
  • Educational Members – 5 including HK Dang of Doon School and Narender Singh, Principle Col. Brown School.
  • Professional Members – 17
  • Student Members – 10, including Mr. Kamal Nath, presently Cabinet Minister in Union Cabinet Minister and Mr. Vijay M Nath who is even now as a life member of the Society.
  • The first annual general meeting of the Society was held on 19th April 1959.
  • The Society had the privilege of having HE Sri. V.V. Giri and HE Sri Fakhrenddin Ali Ahmed former Presidents of the Republic of India as its Chief Patrons in 1969 & 1975 respectively.
  • Among Noted office bearers of the Society who worked tirelessly to further the interest of the Society, the following are worth mentioning.
  • Institutional Members: 15, including IAF Selection Board, IPS officers Mess, Military College Dehradun, Kumaon Regimental centre. SFRC Dehradun, Jat Regiment, Dogra Regimental Centre, Punjab Regimental Centre, BEG Roorkee and others.
  • Late Mr. ND Bachkheti, IFS (as President)
  • Late Mr. PD Strecey, IFS (as Vice President)
  • Late Mr. JN Onial, Gurukeerat Singh Mann,
  • Dr. RN Mishra & IS Negi,IFS (as Hony. Secretaries).


Regular task at hand is spreading awareness through our quarterly journal Cheetal. Apart from this we are on the Governing body of Wildlife Institute of India D.Dun. We also conduct Wildlife Photography exhibitions in Dehradun and outside. We play important role in Wildlife Week every year and conduct nature camps and seminars on Wildlife conservation. In the near future we propose to hold some National level conferences as well.

Mission and Vision

The aims and objects of the Society are as follows:

  • To promote interest and impart knowledge regarding the preservation and conservation of all forms of Wildlife, particularly among the youth of the country.
  • To cooperate with the Govt. of India and State Govt. and with other Societies and institutions having similar aims and objects in working for the interest of Wildlife.
  • To assist in enforcing and actively supporting the Forests Acts. Wild Birds and animals Protections Acts and Rules etc. of State Governments and the Indian Arms Act and Rules in so far as they pertain to wildlife and to bring to the notice of the authorities any infringement of the same and to assist in the detention and prosecution of offenders in respect of such laws.
  • To advise and help the Govt. and wildlife administrators in the formation, maintenance and protection of Sanctuaries and National Parks, preservation of wildlife in general and endangered species of India in particular and in the introduction of exotic species into the country, rehabilitation of endangered species etc. and in the formulation and amendments of rules and acts, so as to conserve and increase wildlife stocks.
  • To raise funds for carrying out the above aims and objects and to found and maintain museums reading rooms and libraries of natural history in order to disseminate knowledge regarding wildlife.
  • To carry out publicity and propaganda for the preservation of wildlife in India by means of monographs, journals, films, filmstrips and other feasible methods.
  • To assist members of the Society in obtaining facilities for viewing and photographing wildlife in India.
  • To conduct research into the problem of Wildlife Management in India, and in pursuance of this, to initiate, encourage and, where possible assist in the projects of the study of threatened species and related objects and to provide reference and research facilities for such work.
  • To carry on such other activities which will serve the above subjects.