Rubaiyat Mansur Mowgli
'Manoshi', 221, Pearabagh Railgate
Boro Moghbazar, Dhaka - 1217
Name:Rubaiyat Mansur Mowgli
Date of Birth:1. 12. 1976
Place of Birth:Dhaka, Bangladesh
Languages:Bangla, English, Hindi
1994 - present
Wildlife Photographer and Nature Guide for The Guide Tours Ltd.
On-screen guide and location manager with the Discovery Production "In Search of Man eaters" filmed in the Sundarbans by Cicada Films.
Location Manager and tracker for the documentary "Swamp Tiger" filmed over a five-month period in the Sundarbans by Cicada Films, London, produced for National Geographic Channel. Location Manager for Keo Films, London, for film on the Indian
Monsoon titled "Going To Extremes", commissioned by Discovery Channel.
2005 - 2006
Principal Investigator in a WDCS funded project to investigate abundance and movement patterns of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins using Photo-identification in the Swatch of No Ground,Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh.
Internship with Survey Participation at Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida USA under R. Wells and K. Bassos-Hul.
2007 - present
Local Principal Field Researcher in WCS funded 'Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project', responsible for research activities in the coastal areas and the Swatch of No Ground, Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh.
Various Projects and Engagements
• Logistic coordinator, navigator and photographer for 'Cetacean Survey of Bangladesh Sundarbans', organized by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (UK) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (USA)
• Participant 'Cetacean survey of Bay of Bengal', Bangladesh and Myanmar
sponsored by the Convention on Migratory Species, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (UK), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (USA) in collaboration with the University of Chittagong and the Saint Martin's Marine Park, Biodiversity Conservation and Ecotourism Development Project
• Participant 'Preliminary Survey for endangered Masked Finfoot in the Kotka-Kotchikhali Area of Sundarban Forest', with Dr. Gertrud Denzau Neumann
• Member of Field Study Group 'Abundance and Distribution of Cetaceans in the Sundarban Reserved Forest' Bangladesh
• Logistic Manager and translator for the BBC production 'Land of the Tiger' with Cameraman Mike Herd, ABC production on fishing with otters and the rocket steamer, and a Visual Folklore production * Field Assistant for 2007 BBC Natural History Series 'Ganges'
• B.D. Smith, G. Braulik, S. Strindberg, B. Ahmed, R. Mansur, 2006. Abundance of Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) and Ganges River dolphins (Platanista gangetica gangetica) estimated using concurrent counts made by independent teams in waterways of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest in Bangladesh, Marine Mammal Science, 22(3): 527-547.
• B. D. Smith, B. Ahmed, R. Mansur, 2008. Species occurrence and distributional ecology of nearshore cetaceans in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh, with abundance estimates for Irrawaddy dolphins Orcaella brevirostris and finless porpoises Neophocaena phocaenoides. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. 10(1):45-58.
• Smith, B.D., Strindberg, S., Aguilar, A., and Mansur, R.M. 2008. Swimming against the rising tide: The use of cetaceans for evaluating the ecological impacts of declining freshwater supplies and global climate change in Bangladesh. International Whaling Commission, Scientific Committee Document SC/60/E12
• Fahrni-Mansur, E., Smith, B.D., Mansur, R.M., and Diyan, M.A.A. 2008. Two Incidences of Fishing Gear Entanglement of Ganges River Dolphins Platanista gangetica gangetica in Waterways of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh. Aquatic Mammals. 34(2): 362-366.
• Smith, B.D., Braulik, G., Strindberg, S., Mansur, R. Diyan, M.A.A. and Ahmed, B. 2009. Habitat selection of freshwater cetaceans and the potential effects of declining freshwater flows and sea-level rise in waterways of the Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.
• Smith, B.D., Diyan, M.A.A., Mansur, R.M., Fahrni-Mansur, E., Ahmed, B. In press. Identification and channel characteristics of cetacean 'hotspots' in waterways of the eastern Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh. Oryx.
• R. Mansur, E. Fahrni Mansur, 2003. The Mowalis of the Sundarban. mowgliz productions, Dhaka.
• E. Fahrni Mansur, R. Mansur, 2006. Sundarban - A Basic Field Guide. mowgliz production, Dhaka. * G. and H. Denzau, E. Fahrni Mansur, R. Mansur, 2009. Living with Tides and Tigers - The Sundarbans Mangrove Forest. mowgliz production, Dhaka.