Dharmendra Khandal is one of the country’s foremost few spider experts, a botanist and field researcher who works with tigers. After studying desert ecology, he obtained a doctorate for his study of aquatic weed waste management. He has also researched the origins of the invasive Prosopis juliflora plant in India and in Ranthambhore National Park in particular. His discovery of the Lytoranchys paradoxus, belonging to the awl-headed snake group, earlier unknown to science, was published in Hamadryad in 2004. Khandal also reported two new spider species – Poltys godrjii and Poltys rehmanii. He has studied leopards in the Jhalana forest in Rajasthan, documented the spider diversity in Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park and has helped wildlife enumeration in a number of sanctuaries.
His most passionate involvement today is the setting up of an anti-poaching information network in Rajasthan. With colleagues, he has been responsible for several wildlife contraband seizures that have resulted in the arrest of poachers. A conservationist at heart, he is now searching for ways to reform and rehabilitate the families of the dangerous Mogiya tribal poachers. He motivated people to donate money to offer the Mogiya children free boarding, food and education.