Having experienced the raw beauty of the Northern Indian jungles since childhood, Ritish setup Camp Forktail Creek in Corbett Tiger Reserve. Over a period of 13 years, he grew Camp Forktail Creek to become one the country’s best wildlife lodges, winning numerous awards and accolades along the way. In addition, he has time and again offered his wildlife knowledge and expertise to shoot documentary films for Discovery Channel and National Geographic Television.
As a resident of Uttarakhand for over 20 years, Ritish is extremely familiar with the local wilderness hotspots and trails. He has been guiding wildlife trips in Central and North India. He has also led challenging high altitude treks in Hemis National Park for tracking Snow Leopards.
Being a brilliant birder and charming host, times spent with him in the jungle are never dull. He lives with his wife Minakshi and three dogs in their jungle home. In his free time, Ritish loves tinkering with mechanics, electronics and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
As a college student, Conan Dumenil loved sneaking off to the Western Ghats at every single every opportunity he came across. After a post-graduate in business, he left his home town in Chennai to train as a naturalist in Camp Forktail Creek and since 2005 he has been guiding trips all across the country. In addition, he has assisted TV crews on wildlife documentaries, captured animal calls through sound recordings, collected and documented reptiles, amphibians and insects for research and has worked on captive care of various reptiles.
As a keen ecologist, Conan enjoys observing the dynamics of the natural world and sharing those experiences with others. Though his expertise lies in birds and mammals, he is also a keen angler, a budding herpetologist, gardener and avid photographer.