Hume centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology is an initiative of a group of wildlife conservationists and researchers to work for the protection of ecosystems and wildlife of India. The Centre is named after the late Mr. A.O Hume, the British naturalist who laid the foundations of Indian ornithology. The centre was established in the year 2005, based in Kalpetta, Wayanad district of Kerala, one of the biodiversity rich regions in the Western Ghats.

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Hume Centre undertakes systematic research of the wildlife and the ecosystems and advocates for conservation action for threatened species and ecosystems, hand in hand with local communities, organizations, local, state and national governments. Along with research, the Centre emphasizes on science education among the general public to foster scientific temper in the society. The Centre has specifically addressed the conservation issues relating to birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, small and large mammals for last 12 years. Hume Centre also collaborates with India’s premier research institutes such as National Centre for Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Salim Ali Centre for Ecology and Natural History for various research projects.

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We believe that scientific research is important to understand the environmental changes that affect humans and wildlife. Independent and quality science can sensitizedecision makers and stimulate deeper public understanding about the state of our natural world. The Centre is committed to generate large scale data to inform choices made by decision makers through systematic research and public participation .

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Undertake scientific research and monitoring of wildlife of India so as to enable their conservation

Conduct science education programmes among children, students and the general public on the species interrelationships in the ecosystem

Initiate conservation action with local and state governments for the protection of endangered taxa and ecosystems

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C. V. RAMAN (7 November 1888-November 1970) Discovered the phenomenon called RAMAN SCATTERING in 1928. His ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 NOBEL PRIZE for Physics. Honoured with the highest civilian award in India, the BHARAT RATNA in 1954. India celebrates NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY on 28th February of every year to commem- orate the discovery of the Raman effect in 1928.


Shri G Balagopal IAS Sponsored the Book "Mountain Meteorology" to Humes Science Library.