Colorful, and culturally intriguing, India is an ideal photographic destination. For nature photographers, India’s wildlife is as thrilling as it is captivating. The main attraction? Endangered Bengal tigers. Other marquee species include greater one-horned rhinos, Asian elephants, Asiatic lions, leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs and a wide range of other wildlife in varied and beautiful habitats.
If India has captured your curiosity, pack your gear and join a Wild India LLC photo expedition led by Butch Lama, whose skills and insights have been honed over 30 years working as a naturalist and photographic field guide in India.
See the article and photographs which appeared in Outdoor Photographer (June 2009): The Quest for Tigers by Susi Allison-Lama and Butch Lama.
What makes Wild India LLC different from other companies that arrange photo safaris in India? It’s Butch Lama—the combination of intangibles, plus his extensive experience as a wildlife naturalist in the Indian subcontinent. In tune with India’s wildlife, Butch Lama anticipates animal behavior. Without this instinct, seeing tigers and other wildlife is pure luck. With his insights, encountering the wildlife you’ve traveled so far to photograph, explains one reason why he’s broadly well-regarded.
The value of his experience would be incomplete without the goodwill garnered over many years with locals who make wildlife a central part of their lives. No less valuable is Butch Lama’s experiences with countless visitors to India, each with their requirements and interests. Most were travelers keen to observe and photograph India’s wildlife; others came with a professional purpose, such as photographers, documentarians and artists (including National Geographic, BBC and PBS’ The Living Edens). Regardless of vocation or avocation, Butch Lama assisted in a myriad of ways. None left India disappointed.
As passions go, photography is a close second to his dedication to wildlife. In addition to being a photographic field guide, Butch Lama is a resource for how to get the most out of photographing India’s wildlife, most especially tigers.
What else distinguishes Wild India LLC? It is Susi Allison-Lama, too. Her business background and love of India and its wildlife complement Butch Lama’s skills. Having traveled India for 20 years, first as a tourist, then on business and later with Butch Lama on scouting expeditions, Allison-Lama builds Wild India LLC tours based on first-hand experiences.
Together, they accompany each and every escorted tour. What matters to them both is that expedition participants love their encounters with Wild India.
Getting great wildlife photos takes more than good luck. It takes pairing their skills with yours.