Bombay Natural History Society is headquartered inside the Hornbill House, situated on the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road of Mumbai. It claims the distinction of being the largest Non Governmental Organization (NGO), not only in Maharashtra, but the whole of India, dedicated to conservation of nature and natural resources, along with education and research in the natural history. The society was founded in the year 1883, based on the traditions of Dr. Salim Ali – a renowned Ornithologist and Naturalist.
Bombay Natural History Society of Mumbai also serves as a museum, where one can see an amazing collection of the specimens of nature, like beetles, reptiles, etc. The society basically acts as a platform, where discussions and observations are organized on a regular basis, on the natural history of the country. It is a global society, with more than 30 countries acting as its members. All of them have a single aim in mind i.e. to conserve nature with the help of scientific research.
As a part of its conversation and research efforts, Bombay Natural History Society sponsors studies in Indian wildlife and conservation. The society also takes out a four monthly journal (The Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society) and a quarterly magazine (Hornbill). Tourists visiting Mumbai can gain a temporary membership of the society and have access to its library, lectures and slide shows. General public is not allowed inside the society and you will need prior permission to pay a visit.