Kartikeya lives and breathes the natural world. Throwing himself into his studies of ecology and the environment, he has devoted his life to conservation and wildlife. From humble beginnings as a part-time education officer at the Gujarat Nature Conservation Society, to becoming a research technician on the Conservation of Indian Wolf project, a technical consultant for the Wildlife Institute of India’s wild dog research project, and providing scientific and field assistance on the BBC natural history film, Desert Wolves of India; to serving as head naturalist and a freelance consultant (who helped develop the training programme for naturalists), in the Bandhavgarh National Park.
His field experience includes big game capture in South Africa, involving the capture of free-ranging white rhino and Cape buffalo, at Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Hluhluwe Game Reserve, and Phinda Private Game Reserve. He has also been involved in live trapping, tranquilising and radio-collaring endangered species including Asiatic lion, Indian wolves, blackbuck, Indian wild dog and other wildlife.
Kartikeya now freelances his skills as a naturalist and wildlife guide. He has a vast number of publications behind him and is a life member of the Marwari Horse Society and the Bombay Natural History Society in India. In his spare time, he enjoys hobbies such as nature photography, filming and horse riding.