2 Indians Bagged 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards


Two Indian forest officials assistant Conservator Ritesh Sarothiya of Madhya Pradesh State Forest Service and Range officer Sanjay Dutta of Belakoba Forest Range Jalpaiguri of West Bengal were selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards for their commendable actions for protecting wildlife.

The award will be honored to them at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2016.

About Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement

  • Species Survival Network of US and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) jointly present these awards.
  • Introduced to honor Clark R. Bavin a Chief of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Law Enforcement.
  • Clark R. Bavin propounded effective use of covert investigations and ‘sting’ operations with the aim to discover illegal wildlife trade.
  • Presented for extraordinary efforts of law enforcement officers in the field of wildlife protection.

 About Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)

  • American, non-profit, charitable organization working towards reducing pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans.
  • Founded in 1951.


  • CITES is one of the most powerful tools for biodiversity conservation through regulation of trade in wild fauna and flora.
  • It tracks international trade of 181 parties and 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives. It also confirms their survival in the wild.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 23, 2016