WHO AM I
Travel consultant and photo journalist
Wildlife biologist, camera trapping specialist, birder, photographer
My name is Malini Pittet and I am Swiss of Indian origin. I was raised in India by Swiss parents and went to a local Indian school. During my childhood, my family travelled all over the world and extensively within India. School holidays were spent in the Himalayas or other exotic places in Asia and Europe. Jim Corbett, Rudyard Kipling and regular trips to the jungle made me develop an interest in wildlife and it turned into a real passion. When I was 12, my parents took me to the Kabini River Lodge for my birthday and it was there that the magic began- I saw my first wild tiger. At first we could only see its ear, I'm still impressed by the naturalist who spotted it, and then this beautiful tigress got up and walked around the jeep and then went on her way. Kabini incidentally, is known for being the stage for the biggest congregation of Asiatic elephants every summer.
I studied Biodiversity Conservation and Management at the University of Kent in the UK. I had the opportunity to work in the forests and wilderness areas of India, Peru, Yemen, Switzerland and the UK. My first working experiences in the forest were as a guide and naturalist and then as a researcher.
Today, I organise wildlife photography trips in different countries. Through these trips, I hope to share my knowledge and fieldwork experiences to inform and hopefully inspire travellers and readers around the world.
Picture by Patrick Meier.
WHERE I'VE BEEN
Countries I've lived in are highlighted in green and countries I've visited are highlighted in yellow.
There are still scores of countries and protected areas that I haven't explored yet but will do so in the coming future.
Watch this space for travel stories!