Aniket, has been working in the wildlife tourism sector for almost a decade now. His belief in experiential travel is reflected clearly in his company 'Aaranyachar' and he regularly conducts programs in the wilderness for various school and college children in association with local forest departments. 

His tryst with wildlife started in Bandhavgadh, when he first sighted 'Kankatti'; a striking tigress way back in 2011. He continued visiting Bandhavgadh religiously for the next few years, and gradually began to freelance for a few wildlife companies & leading tours for them. 

Eventually he joined one of the premium wildlife tour operators as a Photography Mentor & a Wildlife Naturalist. With time he branched out to creating wilderness programs especially designed for young children. 

 

In the recent past he has worked with Taj Safaris : Pashangarh as a Naturalist in Panna.  Once always found with this camera & lenses, he now feels binoculars allow him to study wildlife around him better.

 

 

 

Over the years his love for the wilderness steered him into the path of conservation with the Last Wilderness Foundation. He started integrating his wildlife photography tours with a mix of conservation activities which helped contribute to the alternate livelihoods for the local communities (less forest dependent sources of income).  He has been an active part of their projects including being one of the forefront of a few of them.

He worked in association with Taj Safaris & Last Wilderness Foundation for the training of  young tribesmen for  ‘Walk with the Pardhis’ initiative at Panna TR. He has been an active part of the Nature Education Camp for the past 4 years; an initiative by the Kanha Forest Department to engage and create awareness with the students residing in the buffer villages of Kanha TR. He has been a regular supporter of the Kanha Bhoorsingh Public School & the Baiga Jewellery initiative at Kanha. He has been conducting folk dance & song sessions with his guests at Bandhavgadh TR with his guests regularly.

He has also started started collaborating with the Madhya Forest Department, and has been involved with Guide & Driver Training at Kanha, Anubhuti Master Trainers Workshop, among others. 

In the city, he can be found conducting talks to create awareness, storytelling sessions about his tryst with the wild and trying to get more and more people to connect with the forests.

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