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About Me

Dhanush 2 - Dhanush Shetty

I’m Dhanush Shetty aka Dhanush C S, I was born in Hassan and being brought up in Chinakurali, a village close to Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, Mandya, Karnataka, India. 

Currently I’m doing my doctoral studies from the Centre for Wildlife Studies.  For my doctoral research, I will be studying to understand wild elephants in the human dominated landscapes of Southern India. 

Before which, I had undergone the Ram Hattikudur Advanced Training for Conservation (RHATC) at Zoo Outreach Organisation, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. At the same time, working as a Consultant for Humane Society International & The Liana Trust on a part time basis.

Previously, I have worked as reserch intern at Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS), Rainforest Connection (RFCx) in their collaborative Elephant acoustic project and in GIZ’s Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Project’. I have done my masters in Wildlife and Management and Bachelors in Agricultural biotechnology. During my Master’s I have worked on Elephants of the coffee land: “Human elephant conflict in coffee based agroforestry systems of Chikmagalur, Western Ghats, India” A funded project by Vision group on Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka, India;

I’m always curious to know about mysterious nature and like to work with people who strive to preserve the endangered species ranging from flying mini mammal (Bats) to mega mammal (Elephants). I have my interest in Birding, Herping, Origami, Advanced science in ancient mythology, Stone inscriptions. I love Coffee, Carnatic music, Mythological stories, Comics, Collecting Commemorative coins and Postage Stamps. I do create Wildlife Illustrations, Code, Map in my spare time.

Born in the southern Western Ghats and raised in the Deccan Plateau, he has always been curious about the mysteries of nature. He has been inspired by and aspired to work with people who strive to preserve endangered species, especially elephants. He is no stranger to these gentle giants. Ever since he was a child, he would be fascinated by them at temples, zoological parks and yearly Dasara processions in Mysuru. During his long school vacations, he would visit his grandparents in Hassan, a district of Karnataka prone to human-elephant conflict.

It is these experiences that drive him to understand the core factors that drive human-elephant conflict and bring about holistic, harmonious mitigation measures, which in turn would promote the coexistence of both humans and elephants sharing the same land.