Wildlife First was actively associated with Kaoosi Sethna in many conservation campaigns since the mid 90s including forest encroachments in Chikmagalur and mining in Kudremukh. His petition in the Supreme Court led to a landmark order on removal of massive forest encroachments by powerful people in Thatkola Reserved Forest.
A fearless campaigner, he served as the Honorary Wildlife Warden of Chikmagalur District for several years. He was involved in conservation of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve with other local conservation groups. An avid birder, he was a close associate of the legendary conservationist Salim Ali.
The conservation community lost a great fighter who battled many vested interests to protect forests and wildlife in Karnataka.