Anjali and Jaisal Singh hosted a celebration to mark the Varty family’s visit to India and Ranthambhore. The occasion honoured Londolozi’s pioneering tradition of wildlife restoration and their deep commitment to eco-tourism practises and was attended by a wide spectrum of India’s own conservation community.
Coming on the heels of the Varty family’s recently concluded visit to Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore, Dave Varty recalled his experience of seeing his first wild tiger in its element and spoke movingly of the urgent need for the preservation of wild habitats across continents. Boyd’s brief but memorable words on his own experience of returning home to the energies of Africa’s wilds stirred up an interest that reached a crescendo with the screening of vignettes from the iconic film Leopards of Londolozi.
The event also proved to further and broaden the exchange of ideas begun at Sher Bagh, between all of us at SUJAN and the Londolozi family. Amidst glittering candelabra, crisp canvas pergolas and the clement climes of a balmy spring evening, guests also admired the display of South African sculptor Dylan Lewis’s finely crafted sculptures of big cats.
Jaisal spoke of his own experience of Londolozi and his admiration for the Varty conservation ethic, propounded so successfully, across several countries of the African continent. This was an evening to remember, a grand finale to what we all hope is only the first of a lifetime of exchanges between the Varty’s of Londolozi and us.
Written by Yusuf Ansari