They have won multiple photographic awards, including many in
both Nature’s Best International Photography competition, and
the prestigious BBC/ BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year
They have published several wildlife books,
including, among others, Sauvage Afrique, Savane, A Circle of
Life: Wildlife on the African Savannah and African Odyssey; The
Great Rift Valley of East Africa is their latest.
Rupi Mangat is a committed eco-journalist who has been
writing since 1998 in The Nation, Kenya’s biggest newspaper and
the weekly, East African.
In 1991, she started helping Wildlife Clubs of Kenya to
revive ‘Komba’ (bushbaby in Kiswahili), the high school
magazine on wildlife and conservation.
In 2013, she was voted the ‘Ecotourism Journalist of the
Year’ by Ecotourism Society of Kenya.
She says, "I’m passionate about the environment, about saving
species and looking after Mama Earth with respect."
Smriti Vidyarthi launched a weekly TV show, NTV Wild, which
presents top conservationists like Richard Leakey talking about
the challenges of saving wildlife.
She roughs it out to the bush to shoot this program in game
reserves and national parks to provide an authentic environment.
She is bound to come up with an award winning documentary as
she is so dedicated to conservation.
After qualifying as vets, a couple of Indians have worked
full time for the Kenya Wildlife Society and similar NGOs.
This is a long way from 1977 when big game hunting was banned
Before that, a number of Indians were professional hunters
who escorted their rich clients on hunting safaris.
A colourful, portly hunter, the late Mohammed Iqbal, had
plenty of tales to tell about his clients and the hunts.
Another was a tight lipped, light weight Sabby Fernandes who
was very courteous.
After the hunting ban due to fast depleting wildlife, all
these hunters faded away.
And hunting got seriously underway only with a camera.
Every year, tens of thousands of African elephants are
brutally killed for their ivory.
Between 2008 and 2013, the estimated death toll ranged
between 30,000 and 50,000 elephants per year.
The slaughter is horrifying; ivory dealers employ and arm
poachers, who target entire elephant herds, shooting them with
automatic weapons and hacking off their tusks with axes and
chainsaws while these animals still alive!
The poachers carry the tusks to their handlers who smuggle
them to the Far East, Europe and USA where these fetch high