Bombay Natural History Society

Location: Hornbill House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai
Established in: 1883
Known for: Education and research in natural history, Conservation of nature
How to Reach: One can easily reach here by boarding buses or trains, or by hiring autos or taxis from the city.
Established in 1883, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is known to be one amongst the largest non-governmental organizations in India. Since its inception, it has been working whole-heartedly for the conservation of nature and natural resources, education and research in natural history. It instigates discussions and observations on natural history in its forum. BNHS also showcases an interesting collection of specimens from natural world in its museum, called Bombay Natural History Museum.

Over 30 countries, which have joined BNHS as its active members are working with the primary principle of conservation, rooted in scientific research. Dr. Salim Ali, the renowned Ornithologist and Naturalist, fostered the tradition that became the guiding principle of the society. BNHS has its headquarters in the Hornbill House, which was specially constructed in South Mumbai. Being a society, BNHS bankrolls studies in Indian wildlife and conservation.

What’s more, it publishes a four-monthly journal called ‘The Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society’ and ‘Hornbill’, a quarterly magazine. The logo of Bombay Natural History Society has been enthused with William, a hornbill that lived in the grounds of the society during its early years. It has been over a century, rare specimens are still being donated to the society from nature lovers across the world.

Here, one can see replicas and rare specimens of vertebrates, insects, beetles, butterflies and embalmed reptiles. A temporary membership of the society is available, which enables one to know more about society’s activities in the sphere of nature conservation. With this, one can even access the library and attend the weekly lectures. Bombay Natural History Society is not open to public, so interested ones are required to take prior permission for admittance.

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