Wildlife biologist Purnima Devi Barman now globally known as the STORK SISTER, has led one of the most unique conservation success stories in the world, with the reversal of a species’ from persecution and the brink of extinction, to being revered as a national identity. This is because of the thoughtful, empathetic and creative inclusion of people as the stewards of the Greater Adjutant. A mother of two, Purnima Devi Barman has worked ceaselessly since 2008 to protect the breeding colony of the Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius. Over fifteen years Purnima’s work has led to an eight-fold increase in the local Adjutant population.
Pioneered the Hargila Army, an all women conservation team of rural women in Assam with currently 10,500 pledged members which dedicated to protecting the endangered Greater Adjutant Stork (called Hargila in Assamese) from extinction.