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forest officer who shot 86 tigers before turn ing to saving wildlife; E. P. Gee, an English tea planter who traded his gun for a camera; P. D. Stracey, an English inspector general of forests in Assam; Zafar Futehally, a Bom bay industrialist; M. Krishnan, a journalist in Madras; and perhaps a score more. Many were members of the venerable Bombay Nat ural History Society, founded in 1883 to en courage the study of India's wildlife. It was through the efforts of such people that the Indian Board for Wild Life was cre ated in 1952 to advise the central and state governments on wildlife conservation prob lems. But it was not until the end of the 1960's that things began really to come together. The turning point, according to many, came in 1969 when the International Union for Conservation of Nature held its triennial con vocation in New Delhi. The union is a scien tific body with a representation of 100 na tions and many individuals. The assemblage of so many natural scien tists in the city, their visits to sanctuaries and parks, and the local and international news coverage drew attention to the plight of In dia's wildlife. Those Indians already working for conservation were encouraged; the subject was brought to the attention of those who had not noticed before.