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India's jungles, ranging from lush evergreen tropical rain forests in the East to the dry deciduous desert shrub in the West, are home to a wide spectrum of wild animals, including lions, tigers, leopards and snow leopards and elephants, gaur, wild buffaloes, rhinoceros, eight species of deer and many primates among the 350 mammal species. Over 2,000 species of birds, varieties of crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards and over 5,000 insects, including beautiful butterflies, enrich India's fauna.

To preserve its wildlands and wildlife, India has set aside over 1.2 million square kilometers in 525 protected areas as National Parks, Sanctuaries and reserves. But this is only 3.6 percent of a land area where human population exceeding 1.2 Billion is exerting excessive pressure on the natural resources. The only way to preserve India's wildlife is to enhance environmental awareness of the people through educational and research programs

There is no formula or short cut to becoming a wildlife volunteer or say a filmmaker,
Each person has to find his or her own path, and it can be a lonely one. The best way, is to begin is by attaching oneself as an assistant to an established wildlife filmmaker and learn on the job. You must be willing to work extremely hard and do any kind of work for little or no money – for at least a couple of years.
One must be an Animal-lover and wildlife enthusiast in the core depth of heart and must put new ideas and zeal in to the programme, which includes spreading awareness and mustering support for the survival of the Wildlife and Eco-system.

What are the opportunities to apprentice with an established wildlife filmmaker in India?

Unfortunately, very limited. There are only a handful of genuine, experienced wildlife filmmakers in the country, and most of them work with an extremely small, hand picked crew. It is difficult for them to find room for an apprentice. You have to keep on pounding on their doors until they let you in! ...

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