Film-maker and elephant researcher Prajna Chowta, 46, has been appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite (Knight in the National Order of Merit), one of the highest civilian recognitions of the French government.
The well known researcher and conservationist has been conferred with the France’s one of the highest civilian recognitions in recognition of a life devoted to caring for wild Asian elephants. Prajna Chowta is also the founder of Aane Mane Foundation, which has been researching and conserving wild Asian elephants for the past 16 years. As an elephant researcher, she was instrumental in developing one of the first GPS collars and an online monitoring system for elephants in India.
She has also authored Elephant Code Book on captive elephant management as well as the French book Enfant d’Elephant (Elephant’s Child) in 2014, which is based on the sketches of tribals and their relationship with elephants. ElephanTTrackinG is a complete wildlife tracking system that includes the latest technology available today.
With this Prajna Chowta joins few other Indian women to be appointed a Knight by French Government. Earlier in 2016, businesswoman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and actor Kamal Hassan were also recognized under the French government’s Legion of Honour award.
The official ceremony is expected to be held later this year in Bengaluru.