“In 1988, on a visit to India, something happened that was to change my brother’s life. Mark arrived in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa in Eastern India, and rescued a beautiful female elephant from a life of begging and misery. Her name was Tara. They embarked on a thousand mile journey across the North of India (which he recalls in his best-selling book, “Travels on my Elephant”) and by its finale he was in love. This was the start of his life-long passion for India and his quest for the survival of the Indian Elephant…”
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
Elephant Family’s founding force, the late and very great Mark Shand, dedicated his life to the plight of the Asian elephant. In 1989, he journeyed 600 miles through India with Tara the elephant (and star of his bestselling book), falling in love with elephants and wildlife conservation along the way.
Travels to my Elephant is an homage to Mark’s spirit of adventure and his tireless work to save a forgotten animal from extinction. The first journey in 2015 celebrated his original route, culminating in Kipling Camp, where Tara now lives.
Travels continues to celebrate Mark’s life and work, with each adventure passing through India’s wildest and most beautiful landscapes.