Empress Garden, Kavade Mala, Ghorpadi, Pune

Our Team

Subcommittee members

Adv. Lolita Kewalramani

She is a postgraduate in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and Law from Pune University. Has worked in the field of environment law and specializing in conveyancing. She provides consultation to corporates and is a trustee and sub-committee member on trusts relating to environment, animal protection and education of underprivileged girls and other social activities.

Dhanshree Bhisey

She is an animal enthusiast. She has been working with Dr. J.A. Shaikh (one of Pune’s senior vets) for over 20 years. She was also curator of the wild animal rescue and orphanage at Katraj for a few years. She had set up the first-ever ABC program for Pune, with the Blue Cross Society of Pune in 1995. She is also a subcommittee member and mentor overseeing activities at RRBCEA.

Dr. Megha Budruk

She is an Engineer by qualification, a nature enthusiast with passion for both environment and art with a heart of gold for animals. She has founded the NGO Canine Control and Care in 2015 with the sole objective of animal birth control to control the population of stray dogs and cats in a humane way. She has been the driving force and guide behind the activities at RRBCEA as the chairperson.


Dr. Dhanashree Paranjpe

She has PhD in animal behaviour and ecology. She is passionate about science outreach and environmental education. She spearheads the dynamic team of RRBCEA to conceptualize, plan and execute various programs related to nature and art as well as research at the center.


Manashree Bapat

She did her Post Graduation in Biodiversity and is passionate about wildlife. She handles Public relations and Communications at the center.

Dr. Prerana Chandak.

She is an MBBS graduate with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science specialising in wildlife conservation. Her core interests are Ornithology and Human wildlife interactions. She is a Nature education coordinator at the center and will be designing and executing nature related programs.

Ketaki Godbole

Ketaki Godbole is a practicing Landscape Architect and works as the Art education coordinator at RRBCEA. Her interests vary between combining Nature based experiences into Art activities and documenting the various aspects related to landscape within the environs of Empress Garden.

Mahesh Junnarkar

He has a commerce background and boasts several years of experience in the banking and finance sector. He finds solace in spending time amidst nature and like to participate in social activities. Mahesh is an administrative assistant at RRBCEA.

Taraman Kunwar

He is responsible for taking care of the premises, tending to the gardens, and handling maintenance tasks at the RRBCEA.

Suresh Saste

He is responsible for maintaining the premises and looking after the gardens at the RRBCEA.


Susmit Wadake

He has done B.Sc. , M.Sc. in Botany subject and currently he is an intern at RRBCEA

Shreyas Pattanshetty

He has doing M.Sc. Environmental Science and currently he is an intern at RRBCEA

Kumudini Khandalkar

She is pursuing M.Sc. in Zoology and Currently she is an Intern at RRBCEA

Darshan Borkar

He is pursuing M.Sc. in Zoology and Currently he is an Intern at RRBCEA

Srushtee Deshpande

She is a final year student of BA in Photography, with a specialisation in nature and wildlife. She is a photography intern at RRBCEA