Mr Mark Shand
Awarded Conservationist 2014


Mark Roland Shand (28 June 1951 – 23 April 2014) was a British travel writer and conservationist, and the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Shand was the author of four travel books and as a BBC conservationist, appeared in documentaries related to his journeys, most of which centered on the survival of Elephants. He was the chairman of Elephant Family, a wildlife foundation, which he co-founded in 2002.

Shand published his first travel book Skulduggery in 1987, based on an expedition to Irian Jaya in Indonesia. He later became the author of Travels on My Elephant (1992), Queen of the Elephants (1996) and River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra (2003). Travels on My Elephant became a bestseller and won the Travel Writer of the Year Award at the British Book Awards in 1992.
He was featured in many documentaries for the BBC and the National Geographic Channel, some related to his writings. Elephants were featured in many of his writings and other pursuits. An unabashed Indophile, the majority of his writings and TV features were Indo-Nostalgic. He also had a deep interest in Hinduism and Indian culture.
As a BBC conservationist and travel writer, he authored a book and the corresponding BBC documentary, Queen of the Elephants, based on the life of the first female mahout in recent times — Parbati Barua of Kaziranga. The book went on to win the Prix Litteraire d'Amis award, providing publicity simultaneously to the profession of mahouts, and to Kaziranga.
Shand was actively involved in the conservation of the Asian elephant and co-founded a charity called Elephant Family in 2002. His book Travels on My Elephant was about his adventure with "Tara" (his elephant) in India, who was the inspiration for the charity. Shand was also a patron of Anti-Slavery International, a member of the Royal Geographical Society and an honorary Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam.
In 2014, he was named as "the Conservationist of the Year 2014" and received the Fragile Rhino award by the Perfect World Foundation at the Conservation Gala Dinner in Gothenburg, Sweden. Shand was expected to attend as a guest of honour but unexpectedly died before the event.On the "Save The Rhino" gala night

Ruth Ganesh (CEO of Elephant family) and her sister Mary Powys attended the event to recieve the award and prize "The Fragile Rhino" on behalf of Mr Shand.
Mr Shand was one of our The Perfect World Foundation's greatest inspirations, and will bee so also in the future!

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