Shashank Birla is a naturalist & photojournalist. Passionate about wildlife since childhood, he is happiest tramping of into the wilderness whenever the opportunity arises. His formal background has been in the management and business domain having worked with companies such as Jumbo Electronics, Sanctuary Asia and the Seascope Group. Wishing to make a career in his field of passion, he has undertaken several short-term courses with organizations such as The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), United For Nature (A joint initiative by WWF, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy and several organizations) and the iNaturewatch Foundation to improve his understanding of natural history & conservation by first participating, and then undertaking coordination and leadership roles in biodiversity survey programmes, conservation initiatives & events. He has also trained as a naturalist with the Jungles Lodges & Resorts, Karnataka. Some of his past works have been featured in publications such as National Geographic Traveller India, Nature in Focus, Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, and Hornbill among others, and he continues to contribute to many of the above. He is also a film-maker having directed short documentaries including ‘The Bird From Paradise’, ‘Eden’s Guardians’ and ‘Messengers of the Wild’ as well as an anchor/presenter for various wildlife and conservation-based events by organizations such as Sanctuary Asia, Canon and Nature inFocus.
He is also the founder of Wilderlust Expeditions LLP, an initiative to bring people closer to nature not only by sharing content to show how closely linked our lives are with the wilderness, but also to share the magic of being in the wild, and in the process, forge a lifelong connection with it.