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When she is not paint­ing wildlife, this lady is in Ran­thamb­hore Na­tional Park, in­volved in var­i­ous projects to save our na­tional an­i­mal—the tiger. Chandigarh-based Ham­ina Kang, 46, a tiger con­ser­va­tion­ist who also heads the Earth Heart Con­ser­va­tion Trust, be­lieves that in­di­vid­ual ef­forts and not de­pen­dency on the govern­ment will be in­stru­men­tal in sav­ing the big cat. “Look at the kind of work dif­fer­ent NGOs are do­ing to save the tiger. The govern­ment doesn’t re­ally have a great track record as far as sav­ing the big cat is con­cerned,” says Kang, a grad­u­ate of Chandigarh Col­lege of Art. She says she had been at­tracted to­wards con­ser­va­tion of wildlife ever since she was a teenager, but the idea took con­crete shape only when she shifted to the US in the 1990s. “That’s when I joined dif­fer­ent wildlife or­gan­i­sa­tions and adopted two tigers. I also ac­quainted my­self with how one could go about sav­ing the tiger through the le­gal pro­cesses in dif­fer­ent coun­tries,” she says. Kang, who con­sid­ers con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist Billy Ar­jan Singh as her men­tor, came back to In­dia in the year 2005 and bought sev­eral acres of land near Ran­thamb­hore. She plans to shift there per­ma­nently very soon. “That would help smoothen op­er­a­tions of my trust,” she says. The con­ser­va­tion­ist, who is also a mem­ber of the Mogiya Re­form Project elab­o­rates, “Mogiya is a tribe of poach­ers around Ran­thamb­hore. We ed­u­cate the next gen­er­a­tion in or­der

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