ZSI to erect memorial at its founder’s grave : Thomas Nelson Annandale

ZSI has decided to set up a plaque on the grave honouring its founder’s contribution to the organisation and science at large.

ZSI is celebrating 2015 as its centenary year. (100 years)

Plaque : A flat plate, slab, or disk that is ornamented or engraved for mounting, as on a wall for decoration or on a monument for information

Who was the founder?

  • Thomas Nelson Annandale was the first Director General of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) who travelled across the country and also to China, Malaya, Japan and Morocco looking for different species of fauna in the beginning of 20th century.
  • He was a Scottish zoologist.
  • He became the first director of the Zoological Survey of India.
  • He was president of the 1924 session of the Indian Science Congress.
  • He became its director, succeeding John Anderson (1833–1900)

About ZSI:

  • Established in 1916, it is a premier organization in zoological research and studies.
  • It has its genesis in the establishment of the Zoological Section of the Indian Museum at Calcutta in 1875.
  • It was established to promote the survey, exploration and research of the fauna in the region.
  • The activities of the ZSI are coordinated by the Conservation and Survey Division in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

Main objectives:


  • Exploration and Survey of Faunal Resources
  • Taxonomic Studies
  • Status Survey of Endangered Species
  • Publication of Results through Departmental Journals
  • Publication of Fauna of India
  • Maintenance and Development of National Zoological Collections

Red Data Book:

  • Similar to the Red Data Book produced by IUCN, ZSI also releases a Red Data Book on Indian Animals.
  • It was first published in 1983.
  • The ZSI also participates in the Indian Antarctic Program, since its inception in 1989.

Sources: The Hindu, zsi.gov.in, Wiki.


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