Dr. Sunita Pradhan PhD

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Category Ph.D
Associate Category Zoologist
Allied Category Red Panda


Dr. Sunita Pradhan, Director of Science, Padma Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. Sunita is the world's leading red panda ecologist. She has worked with red pandas for eight years and is the only person to have studied them both in the wild and in captivity. She advises our community-based research and monitoring activities1.


  1. ICSE from Loreto Convent, Darjeeling [1981]
  2. Higher Secondary from Darjeeling Government College, Darjeeling, II Division [1983]
  3. B.Sc with Zoology Honours from St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling, II Division [1989]
  4. M.Sc in Zoology from Darjeeling Government College, Darjeeling, I Division [1993]
  5. Ph.D in Zoology, North Bengal University, Raja Rammohunpur, Siliguri [1999] - Title of the Thesis "Studies on some aspects of the ecology of the Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens, Cuvier 1825) in the Singalila National Park, Darjeeling, India.'


  1. Carried out behavioural study of Red Pandas in captivity at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling [1993]
  2. Carried out preliminary studies on the different phases of nematode life cycle in free ranging Red Panda at the research laboratory of Post Graduate Department of Zoology, Darjeeling Government College, Darjeeling [1994]
  3. Carried out field work at the Singalila National Park in order to study the ecology of the Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) in the Singalila National park, Darjeeling sponsored by the Department of Forest (Wildlife Division) and implemented by the Post Graduate Department of Zoology, Darjeeling Government College, Darjeeling.
  4. Carried out the analysis of food plants for their nutrient contents at the Fish nutrition research laboratory, Aligarh Muslim University and at the laboratory of G. B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Research and Development, Sikkim unit.
  5. Carried out the statistical analysis of the field data collected on various aspects of the Red Panda, at the Department of Wildlife and Ornithology, Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh, India.
  6. Carried out extensive review of Literature and discussions with concerned persons to prepare a Report on the Biodiversity Assessment and Gap Analysis of the Darjeeling Himalayas fro the ERBC project.


  1. Delivered Seminar lectures on 'Conservation of Himalayan Salamander 'Tylototriton verrucosus', 'Project Tiger', 'Modification of beaks in birds' and 'Poisonous snakes of India' at Post Graduate Department of Zoology, Darjeeling Government College, Darjeeling [1991/1992]
  1. Delivered talk on 'Eastern Himalaya - its fauna' at Dinabandu mancha, Siliguri [1994]
  2. Attended and presented paper in the International Workshop on Conservation and Management of Red Panda, held in Darjeeling [1995]
  3. Attended an International Training Course on Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management Biology and Wildlife Management Biology, conducted by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. at the Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal[1996].
  4. Delivered a lecturer at the Seminar organized by the IUCN and the Resources Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal [1999]


  1. Junior and Senior Research Fellow in the Project entitled 'Bio-ecological studies of the Red Panda in the Singalila National Park and its adjoining areas, Darjeeling (India) financed by the Ministry of Environment (India) and implemented by the Post Graduate Department of Zoology, Darjeeling Government College, Darjeeling
  2. Scholar of the Bernherdine Conservation Fund, Netherlands
  3. Estate Officer at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling


  1. World Pheasant Association, India
  2. Bombay Natural History Society, India
  3. Wildlife Society of India, India
  4. Captive Breeding Specialist Group, India
  5. Federation of Societies for Environment Protection, Darjeeling, India


  1. Ecology
  2. Nature conservation - Biodiversity
  3. Nature conservation - Protected areas
  4. Nature conservation - Wildlife
  5. Sustainable development


  1. Review of Return of the Fire Cat
  2. Insider in the secret world of Red Pandas
  3. A fest of flora and fauna
  4. Sweety sweats it out, helps red panda conservation


  1. Mountain Profile
  2. Red Pandas
  3. Red Panda Network.org
  4. Atree


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