Wildlife enthusiast Billy Arjan Singh dies
New Delhi: Indian wildlife enthusiast and author Billy Arjan Singh died at his home - Tiger Haven - in the vicinity of the famous Dudhwa National Park, about 250 km from Lucknow, late Friday night. He was 94. Billy Arjan Singh was a hunter turned avid conservationist and author. Billy Arjan Singh was born in Gorakhpur on 15 August 1917 as the second son of Kunwar Jasbir Singh, CIE (1887–1942), a member of the royal Ahluwalia dynasty of Kapurthala. His grandfather was Harnam Singh, Raja Maharaj Singh was his uncle, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur was his aunt and his elder brother was Air Vice-Marshal Kunwar Jaswant Singh, PVSM (1915–1963) in 1940, Singh was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the British Indian Army and fought in the Second World War, retiring in 1946 as a Lieutenant. Upon his return to India he purchased a farm on the edge of Dudhwa National Park in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of India. He lived in a residence he designed and calls 'Tiger Haven'.
Billy Arjan Singh was honoured for his conservation efforts with Padma Shri in 1995. One of India's highest national awards it is conferred on people who distinguish themselves in different fields. This was closely followed by the world wildlife gold medal in 1996, then the Order of the Golden Ark only a year later and the lifetime award for tiger conservation in March 1999. In 2004, when in his eighties, Billy Arjan Singh received the J.Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation award – a global honor administered by the World Wildlife fund – in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international conservation. He has been honored by several awards including the Padma Bhushan in 2006