Mark Shand

Profile

Mark Shand (1951–2014) was a travel writer with a playboy past, which he exchanged for the life of a fund-raising conservationist. His travel books include River Dog: A Journey down the Brahmaputra, Queen of the Elephants, Skullduggery (a journey he undertook with his friend Don McCullin) and Travels On My Elephant, for which he received the Travel Writer of the Year award. The latter journey directly led to his foundation of Elephant Family—a charity specifically established to protect the environment of the Asian elephant, tiger and orangutan, and is engaged in the creation and acquisition of jungle corridors that connect together the various different forest reserves.