KENNETH ANDERSON NATURE SOCIETY Admin
KENNETH ANDERSON NATURE SOCIETY
Kenneth Anderson Nature Society (KANS) is a registered society, formed in 2008 under the TamilNadu Societies Registration Act. KANS is focused on wildlife conservation in the Melagiri forest region spanning the Hosur and Dharmapuri Forest Divisions in the state of Tamil Nadu. Although entirely volunteer based, KANS uses a methodical and professional approach and enjoys the goodwill and advice of many well known conservation experts and wildlife managers. Funded by members and donors, KANS activities are led by a Managing Committee elected every two years. KANS has a valid 12A registration and donations to KANS enjoy exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.
KANS carries out various conservation activities to reinforce the following key goals:
1. Advocacy of the Melagiris as an important biodiversity reserve. The first step in this direction is the campaign for Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary (Tamil Nadu). KANS documents the rich diversity of life in the Melagiris in a systematic way using field visits and camera traps. A database of flora, aves, mammalian fauna, and reptiles – with photo and video evidence – is maintained and used in advocating the Melagiris as a place of rich biodiversity. Over 234 species of birds, 35 species of mammals, 162 species of butterflies, 103 species of forest trees and 34 species of reptiles have been recorded with the help of experts.
2. Strengthening the arm of the forest department by capacity building – especially in the lower rungs that matter in the field – and sensitizing other arms of the government administration to the cause of conservation.
3. Relieving the pressure on the Melagiri forest region caused by human exploitation of the forests. KANS tries to achieve this by various awareness programmes among the local community and would also like to work on alternate means of livelihood for forest dependent communities.
KANS’ efforts towards wildlife conservation in Melagiris has been well recognised by both civil society and various departments of the government. KANS was selected for the prestigious RBS Earth Guardian Award in 2014, and has been entrusted responsibilities including membership in the Executive Committee of the State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority, Management Committee of the newly declared Cauvery North Wildlife Sanctuary etc in the recent past.
The Melagiris are a group of hills in the SouthEastern Ghats lying nestled between the Cauvery and Chinnar rivers, to the southeast of Hosur taluk in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located between 12° 41′ 12° 06′ N latitudes and 77° 34′ 77° 58′ E longitudes and has a total forested area of about 1000 sq. km. The Melagiris form part of an unbroken stretch of forests connecting Bannerghatta National Park (which forms its northwestern boundary) to the forests of Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka (which forms its southern boundary separated by the river Cauvery), and further to Biligirirangan hills and Sathyamangalam forests.
Website : http://kans.org.in/
Bank Account Details Account Name: Kenneth Anderson Nature Society Account #: 5350 1010 0065 326 AxisBank. Branch: Hosur, Tamil Nadu IFSC: UTIB0000535
Donors who donate to KANS are requested to fill details at goo.gl/c6ZZTb so that receipts can be duly sent to them.
About the Charity Rider
Age 40 yrs
Before taking up cycling Rajanikanth was a runner. He took up cycling only as cross training. But what hooked him to cycling was the Freedom. He has participated in many long distance endurance events and cycling races. He is proud to be associated with Bangalore Mavericks Racing, an amateur cycling racing team. Cycling is a complicated sport in terms of technicalities and of-late has started helping beginners who have fitness goals and competitive cyclists who have racing goals.
This is his first TFN. He is happy to be taking part in the 10th edition of Tour of Nilgiris. He is also proud to be associated with Kenneth Anderson Nature Society, which has been working for the past 10 years to protect the Melagiris as a bio-diversity hotspot. He is committed to give his 100% and ensure that his efforts and experience at Tour of Nilgirs will help in raising awareness about Wildlife conservation. Also it’s an opportunity to meet many like minded cyclists and share each other’s experiences.
Most of us prefer a coach but Self coaching works for him. He feels that Crediting himself for success and blaming himself for failures, is peaceful. Finding strength and weakness and above all Finding TIME to train, measure progress excites him.
He doesnt follow any particular diet, considers food as fuel and is content with whatever is available as long as it’s tasty and edible.