02 July 2015

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) 15.9.1983

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) was founded as a private organisation in 1883 by seven residents of Bombay for the study and conservation of natural history. It has acquired a unique national role and international prestige by virtue of the fact that, through private and governmental sponsored collection expeditions, it was largely responsible for the identification and documentation of India's fauna and avifauna. It has published, for 97 years, a scientific journal which is internationally respected. It has used this fund of scientific expertise to prepare a series of definitive books on Birds, Mammals, Butterflies, Trees and shrubs, etc. which are calculated to create interest in the laymen, though relied upon even by serious researchers. Its books for children were recommended by the late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to the State Government.
The Bombay Natural History Society, founded on 15 September 1883, is one of the largest non-governmental organisations in India engaged in conservation and biodiversity research. It supports many research efforts through grants, and publishes the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. Many prominent naturalists, including the ornithologists Sálim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley have been associated with it. The society is commonly known by its initials, BNHS.

The stamp shows the bird 'Hornbill', which is the logo of Bombay Natural History Society.

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