Mark Shand (1951-2014) in Italy

Mark Shand (1951-2014)

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Mark Roland Shand (1951-2014), was British a travel writer and conservationist.

Mark Shand was actively involved in the conservation of the Asian elephant and runs a charity called Elephant Family.

Shand was the son of Bruce Shand MC and his wife the Hon Rosalind Maud Cubitt, daughter of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe and the former Sonia Keppel. His elder sister was HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. He was educated at Milton Abbey School. In 1990, he married Clio Goldsmith, a daughter of Edward Goldsmith, with whom he had a daughter Ayesha.

He was the author of Travels on My Elephant, River Dog and other books. He has also featured in many documentaries, some related to his writings. Elephants feature in much of his writings and other pursuits. Being an unabashed Indophile, the majority of his writings and TV features are Indo-Nostalgic. He had a deep interest in the Hindu religion and traditional Indian culture.

As a BBC conservationist and travel writer he authored a book and the corresponding BBC documentary Queen of the Elephants, based on the life of the first female mahout in recent times — Parbati Barua of Kaziranga. The book went on to win the 1996 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Prix Litteraire d´Amis, providing publicity simultaneously to the profession of mahouts, and to Kaziranga.

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