About me


Snapshot 
I am a Communication and PR professional with over 17 years' experience enhancing brands. I have a passion for content creation and editing, with a special interest in Blogging and Social Media. I've successfully created and managed integrated communication campaigns for reputed stakeholders- from Digital Marketing campaign of a Nobel Peace Laureate to the election PR campaign of an alumnus of India’s premier technology institute IIT-Delhi that helped him get elected to the Assembly of Karnataka state, India in 2013. I have authored an e-book on story telling as well as over a hundred popular articles and papers on various topics in reputed newspapers and publications - online and print.

My passion...
Born in Bangalore (Bengaluru), I was brought up and did schooling in the nearby Tumkur (Tumakuru). I grew up roaming the jungles of Old Mysore region and Sahayadris (Western Ghats). Passion for new wilderness, search for spirituality and the need of bread, took me across oceans to Canada - a shining jewel of western civilization. I travelled across North America and Europe as well as the eastern civilization in south-east Asia. Unable to resist the call of the hill myna, the unforgettable smell of ‘Hind ki mitti’ (soil of India) and the affection of my people, I set my camp in Delhi ('Dilli' as it has been known for centuries) from Apr 2009 to May 2012. I returned back to Bengaluru, where I continued searching for peace amidst the hill chains and rain-fed wetlands of the endless maidans (plains) and towering rainforests and hill slope grasslands of the mist shrouded malenadu (Western Ghats). October 2015 took me to the land of unspoilt wilderness and amazing humans - Tanzania in east Africa. Now me and our little son go out when ever we can looking for Simba (the lion), Tembo (the elephant), twiga (the giraffe), baharani dege (the African fishing eagle), ka (the crab), samaki (the fish) and numerous other amazing creatures on the Swahili coast and Great African Plains. 

Online presence:
tumkurameen AT gmail.com

www.bengalurubyfoot.com
https://www.facebook.com/tumkurameen
https://in.linkedin.com/in/ameenahmed 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ameenahmed/

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Some of my published works since 1995.

Book/s:
Ameen Ahmed, 'A manual for South Asia’s NGOs, CSR teams & Government agencies on communicating through written stories', Self published e-book, 2013. 

Popular Articles and Press Releases
88. Thorns in the enemy's path, Deccan Herald (Spectrum), 07 Jul. 2015
87. My Devarayanadurga, JLR Explore website, 16 Feb. 2015
86. The last of Bengaluru's tigers, India Today (Simply Bangalore), 27 Nov. 2014
85. When city was a jungle, Deccan Herald (Spectrum), 18 Nov. 2014
84. Shikar tales of Tumkur, Deccan Herald (Spectrum), 7 Oct. 2014
83. A green treasure trove, Deccan Herald (Spectrum), 16 Sep. 2014
82. Guarding a green cover, Deccan Herald (Spectrum), 26 Aug. 2014
81. Enchanting wilderness, Deccan Herald (Spectrum), 1 Jul. 2014
80. Wilderness Areas of Tumkur, JLR Explore website, 1 Mar. 2014
79.  Thriving tigers bode well for Kosi River corridor, WWF-India website, 16 Mar. 2012
78.  Population boost to Manas’ rhinos, WWF-India website, 13 Mar. 2012 
77.  Camera traps document elusive snow leopard in India’s Kargil, WWF-India website, 23 Feb. 2012 
76.   Nandhor Valley, Uttarakhand springs pleasant surprises, WWF-India website, 2 Feb, 2012
75.   Tigers thriving in Ramnagar Forest Division, Uttarakhand, WWF-India website, 23 Jan, 2012
74.  New Year brings in good news for an important wildlife corridor near the Kaziranga Tiger Reserve, WWF-India website, 16 Jan, 2012 
73.  Successful wild rhino re-collaring exercise in Assam under IRV2020, WWF-India website, 3 Jan. 2012 
72. Challenges in saving the one-horned rhino in the Manas landscape, WWF-India website, 30 Dec, 2011 
71. New species of scorpion found in Warangal District of Telangana region, WWF-India website, 22 Dec 2011
70. Using Art to save Central India's natural wealth, WWF-India website, 19 Dec 2011
69. Reducing plastic pollution in Pilibhit Forest Division, The Better India, 3 Nov 2011
68. Helping wildlife keep a safe distance from humans, WWF-India website, 02 Nov 2011
67. Strengthening Tiger Conservation in Rajaji National Park, WWF-India website, 7 Oct 2011
66. WWF-India helps protect the forests of Nandhor valley, WWF-India website, 2 Oct 2011
65. Challenges in Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation, WWF-India website, 30 Jul 2011
64. Conserving the frontiers of Central India’s wilderness, WWF-India website, 28 Jul 2011
63. India’s tigers gain numbers but not ground, WWF-India website, 28 Jul 2011
62. Lighting lives in the Sundarbans, WWF-International website, 18 Jul 2011
61. Communities for tigers, WWF-International website, 18 July 2011
60. Encounter with a rare mama bear and cub, WWF-India website, 13 Jun 2011
59. Helping the tigers of Kopijhola, WWF-India website, 6 May 2011
58. Strengthening patrolling and rescue operations around Gir National Park, WWF-India website, 6 May 2011
57. Red Panda camera trapped in Sikkim, WWF-India website, 4 May 2011,
56. Building a case for Central India’s tiger corridors, WWF-India website, 29 Apr. 2011
55. New strength to tiger conservation in Vidarbha region, WWF-India website, 21 Apr. 2011
54. Micro solar power station in Sundarbans, WWF-India website, 12 Apr. 2011
53. Increase in tiger numbers reported, WWF-India website, 29 Mar. 2011
52. Efforts to provide safe access for wildlife in a key Reserve Forest in Assam, WWF-India website, 1 Mar. 2011
51. Fragmentation threat in the Kanha-Pench Corridor, WWF-India website, 23 Feb. 2011
50. Creating awareness on wildlife through sport, WWF-India website, 08 Dec. 2010
49. Providing strength to tiger corridor in Central India, WWF-India website, 29 Nov. 2010
48. Alternative livelihoods to conserve Manas wilderness, WWF-India website, 18 Nov. 2010
47. Elephant's Day Out, WWF-International website, 10 Nov. 2010 (with Kandpal.K.D)
46. Educating the future tiger defenders of Central India, WWF-India website, 4 Nov. 2010
45. An adventurous Ranthambore tiger takes a long walk to Bharatpur, WWF-India website, 21 Oct. 2010
44. Interesting life in the heights of eastern Himalayas, WWF-India website, 20 Oct. 2010
43. Camera trapping reveals wildlife rarely seen in Pilibhit, WWF-India website, 12 Oct. 2010
42. A good practice facilitating elephant movement across highways, WWF-India website, 24 Sep. 2010
41. Mitigating Human-Elephant conflict in Udalguri, Assam, India, WWF-India website, 24 Sep .2010
40. Recent Evidence of Clouded Leopard in Pakke Tiger Reserve, WWF-India website, 30 Aug. 2010
39. A big cat’s pleasant surprise , WWF-India website, 24 Aug. 2010
38. Indo-Nepal border forest officials for better cooperation, WWF-India website, 10 Aug. 2010
37. Flood relief for forest department daily wagers of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, WWF-India website, 11 Aug. 2010
36. Villagers take losses in stride to save a wild elephant near Dudhwa, WWF-India website, 26 Aug.  2010
35.    WWF-India’s survey narrows gap in snow leopard information, WWF-India website, 8 Jun. 2010
34. Change through education, WWF-India website, 22 Apr. 2010 (with Anil Cherkupalli)
33. Pardis - hunters in need of help, WWF-India website, 14 Apr. 2010 (with Anil Cherkupalli)
32. Securing Orissa’s tigers, WWF-India website, 31 Mar. 2010
31. The Enigma of Sundarbans Tiger, WWF-India website, 26 Feb. 2010
30. Increased protection for Panna, WWF-India website, 24 Feb. 2010
29. 
WWF-India supports media campaign for India’s wild tigers, WWF-India website, 8 Feb. 2010
28. WWF-India strengthens patrolling of Assam’s wilderness during winter, WWF-India website, 17 Jan. 2010
27. Memories of Billy- a legendary tiger-walla, WWF-India website, 17 Jan. 2010 (with  Mudit Gupta)
26. India and Nepal collaborate for biodiversity conservation along border, WWF-India website, 23 Dec. 2009
25. A Rhino’s Day Out, WWF-India website, 16 Dec. 2009
24. Run for the Tiger, WWF-India website, 15 Dec. 2009
23. WWF-India steps in to help flood affected Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, WWF-India website, 10 Oct . 2009
22. WWF-India and TRAFFIC strengthen capacity and law enforcement in Maharashtra’s tiger areas, WWF-India website, 1 Aug 2009
21. Tracking the elusive snow leopard in India’s Kargil, WWF-USA website, 20 Jul. 2009 (with Nikita Aggarwal)
20. Assam forest guards better equipped to protect Rhinos, WWF-USA website, 11 Jul. 2009 (with Nikita Aggarwal)
19. Assam’s wild animals safer, WWF-India website, 8 Jul. 2009 (with Nikita Aggarwal)
18. WWF-India and Indian Army join hands to save the tiger, WWF-India website, 31 May 2009
17. WWF-India stands by Sunderbans, WWF-India website, 27 May 2009
16. Welcoming the winged visitors (Waterbird conservation), Deccan Herald, 22 Jan. 2008
15. Mist covered hills, cloud-kissed forests (Talakaveri wildlife sanctuary), Deccan Herald, 25 Dec . 2005
14. 
A trail in the Rainforests (Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary), Deccan Herald (Sunday Herald), 26 Jan .2003.
13. Trekking in the Brahmagiris, Sanctuary- Call of the Wild, Aug. 2002.
12. Waiting for Jumbos, Deccan Herald   (Sunday Herald), 7 Jul. 2002.
11. Towards Conservation (NGO in Kodagu), Deccan Herald (Spectrum), 18 Jan. 2002.
10. Call of the wild (BRT wildlife sanctuary), Karnataka Heritage, Oct-Dec. 2001.
9. An unforgettable wildlife week (Bandipur national park), Deccan Herald (Sunday Herald), 30 Sep. 2001.
8. Save the Sholas, Deccan Herald (Sunday Herald), 19 Aug. 2001.
7. 
When it pours in a Rainforest (Bisle reserve forest), The Times of India (Bangalore Times), 21 Jul. 2001.
6. Sapping lifelines (Impact of Netravathi river diversion), Deccan Herald (Spectrum), 20 Jul 2001.
5. Wildlifing in Bhadra, Deccan Herald (Sunday Herald), 1 Jul. 2001.
4. Knock! knock! Who’s there? (Woodpecker conservation), The Hindu (Young World), 31 Mar. 2001.
3. On the road to paradise (Mukurthi park), Deccan Herald (Sunday Herald), 21 Jan. 2001.
2. Wild and beautiful (Ranthambore), Deccan Herald (Sunday Herald), 27 Feb. 2000.
1. Leopard lost (Human leopard conflict), Indian Express, 25 Jul. 1998.

Papers, Reports and Publications on biodiversity
17) Birds of Jayamangali (Maidenahalli) Blackbuck Conservation Reserve, Tumakuru district, Karnataka. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 48 (2): 25–29. (2008)
16) Birds of Tumakuru Amanikere wetland. Newsletter for Birdwatchers. 47(6): 86–88 (2007)
Website on Jayamangali blackbuck conservation reserve, 2007
15) New nesting colony of grey herons (Areda cinerea) in Hassan District, Karnataka, India.  News Letter for Birdwatchers, 42 (6), 2002
14) Technical contributions to 
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) by Birdlife International, 2002.
13) Bhadra Tiger Reserve - A Case Study, India. Karnataka state Bio-diversity Strategy and Action Plan, Wildlife Aware Nature Club, May, 2001.
12) Birding in a futureless forestNews Letter for Birdwatchers, 41 (5), (Part I), 41 (6), (Part II), 2001, with Harish Bhat
11) Tumkur Amanikere - A case study, 2000-01, Karnataka state bio-diversity strategy and action plan. A project under Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.10) ‘Birds of Karnataka- the first ever website dedicated exclusively to birds of Karnataka and the first of its kind for any state in India online since November 2000.
9) Checklist of Birds of Bandipur National Park, Karnataka State, India. Ameen Ahmed and K.Yekanthappa, Project Tiger, Mysore, India, 1999.
8) Wildlife of Tumkur Amanikere – A brief report. Ameen Ahmed, Save Tumkur Amanikere (Lake) Committee,1999.
7) Large nesting colony of painted storks identified near Sira, Karnataka state, India. MyforestJournal of Karnataka Forest Department, 35 (1) 015 – 018, March 1999.
6) Birding on treks around Nainital. News Letter for Birdwatchers, 37 (3), 1997.
5) Status Survey report on the proposed Mydenahalli blackbuck sanctuary, Karnataka State, India. Ameen Ahmed, Uday Veer Singh IFS and K. R. Manjunath, Wildlife Aware Nature Club, Tumkur, Karnataka State, India, 1997.
4) Birds of Tenmalai, Shendurney wildlife sanctuary, Kerala. News Letter for Birdwatchers, 36 (1), 1996.
3) Sighting of white storks near Guntkal, Andhra Pradesh, India. News Letter for Birdwatchers, 36 (2), 1996.
2) Birding in a Kerala rainforest, News Letter for Birdwatchers, 39 (6), 1996.
1) Note on longbilled vultures. News Letter for Birdwatchers, 35 (1), 1995.

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