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OUR TEAM

The team managing The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge comes from different nooks and corners of the country and brings with it an unrivalled experience in hospitality and wilderness guiding. Our four naturalists at the resort have worked in various parks across the country and will surely enhance your safari experience in Tadoba.

Mr. Akshay Kumar M

DESIGNATION:

Chief Naturalist, General Manager

WORKING SINCE:

15 Sep 2015

Akshay Kumar M is an accomplished Chief Naturalist, driven by a profound love for wildlife and a deep understanding of conservation. Originally from Bengaluru, Akshay holds a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology, which has equipped him with a scientific perspective that complements his passion for nature and its preservation. As a Biotechnologist by profession, Akshay's enthusiasm for wildlife has taken him to the famous Tiger Reserves of Karnataka and Maharashtra, including Bandipur, Nagarhole, BR Hills, Bhadra, and Tadoba. These experiences have provided him with invaluable insights into the biodiversity and ecosystems of these regions. Akshay's dedication to conservation goes beyond exploration. He has actively collaborated with the Forest Departments of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra, contributing to tiger and elephant census projects in multiple states. His efforts in gathering vital data have been instrumental in formulating effective strategies for the protection of these majestic creatures and their habitats.  Furthermore, Akshay has made significant contributions to avian research and conservation by participating in bird surveys across the Western Ghats of Karnataka. The Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its rich birdlife, and Akshay's involvement in these surveys reflects his commitment to understanding and protecting our feathered friends. Beyond his professional commitments, Akshay has worked as a freelance naturalist and environmental educator at various nature camps across the country. This role has allowed him to share his profound knowledge and passion for wildlife with diverse audiences, fostering awareness and appreciation for nature and its wonders. Akshay's extensive experience and expertise in the field of wildlife and conservation led him to become a Chief Naturalist. In this role, he plays a significant role in leading educational programs, guiding wildlife tours, and sharing his profound understanding of ecology with visitors and fellow staff members.  One notable achievement in Akshay's journey is his contribution to the " Bear and the Tiger Fight" video, shot in Tadoba. This gripping wildlife encounter has captivated over 100 million viewers and gained recognition in 150 printed and digital media platforms worldwide. Such initiatives have brought attention to the need for wildlife conservation on a global scale. Akshay's unique combination of biotechnological expertise and hands-on experience as a naturalist has made him a valuable asset to Tadoba and the broader conservation community. His commitment to wildlife and environmental preservation continues to contribute significantly to the protection of natural habitats and the promotion of sustainable practices. Since 2015, Akshay has been an integral part of your organization. His wealth of experience, scientific background, and dedication to conservation make him an invaluable asset. Through leading educational programs, guiding wildlife tours, and mentoring others, Akshay continues to inspire positive change in the field of wildlife conservation and environmental awareness.

Mrs. Ramya Jois

DESIGNATION:

Operations Manager

WORKING SINCE:

01 October 2015

Ramya is the Operations Manager at our lodge, and she plays a crucial role behind the scenes, ensuring that every aspect of our guests' experience is impeccable. In this drama of hospitality, she is one of the silent movers who work tirelessly, yet often unnoticed, to make sure that our cherished guests receive the best they deserve and more – from great meals and clean linen to enjoyable activities and beyond. Hailing from the beautiful enchanting city of Mysore, Ramya joined our team shortly after our lodge opened its doors to welcome guests. Her educational background includes a master's degree in systems engineering from BITS Pilani, and she has previously worked as a software engineer at Wipro in Mysore. Her technical expertise and problem-solving skills have proven invaluable in the smooth functioning of our lodge. Outside of her professional role, Ramya reveals other impressive facets of her personality. She is a devoted mother, of 2 kids hold a special place in her heart. Despite her busy schedule, Ramya strives to spend every spare moment with her children, displaying her dedication and love as a parent. As the Operations Manager, Ramya oversees various aspects of our lodge to ensure that everything runs seamlessly. From coordinating the team to managing resources, she ensures that each guest's stay is a memorable one. Her attention to detail and commitment to excellence are evident in the quality of service provided to our guests. She, Oversee and manage all lodge operations to ensure seamless guest experiences and efficient functioning. Collaborate with various departments, including housekeeping, front office, food and beverage, and maintenance, to maintain a coordinated and exceptional guest journey. She, Develops and implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) to optimize guest service, staff performance, and resource utilization. Coordinates and monitor guest reservations, check-in/check-out processes, and guest inquiries to ensure a high level of guest satisfaction. She, Leads and motivate lodge staff, providing guidance, training, and mentorship to maintain a skilled and motivated team. Plan and execute special events, activities, and promotions to enhance the overall guest experience and showcase the lodge's offerings. Monitor budget allocation, expenses, and revenue generation to ensure financial goals are met and cost efficiency is maintained. She, upholds industry standards, adhere to health and safety regulations, and champion eco-friendly practices for responsible and sustainable lodge management. Handle guest feedback and concerns promptly, aiming for swift resolutions and maintaining high standards of guest relations. Develop and nurture positive relationships with local communities, suppliers, and partners to enhance the lodge's standing in the region. While her role may not always be visible to our guests, Ramya's contributions are the backbone of our lodge's success. She is one of the reasons why our guests leave with smiles on their faces and return for more unforgettable experiences. In this drama of hospitality, Ramya embodies the spirit of dedication and caring that define the unsung heroes of our lodge. We are incredibly fortunate to have her as part of our team, and her passion and commitment inspire us all to continue providing exceptional experiences to our cherished guests.

Ms. Supreet Kaur Makin

DESIGNATION:

Assistant Operations Manager

WORKING SINCE:

15 September 2021

Supreet is an accomplished professional in the field of hospitality, bolstered by a strong academic background in finance. Armed with a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning, she brings a distinctive combination of financial acumen and operational expertise to her current role as an Assistant Operations Manager. Supreet's unwavering commitment to excellence, coupled with her extensive experience collaborating with diverse teams, ensures the seamless functioning of the lodge while prioritizing the ultimate satisfaction of the guests. In her capacity as an Assistant Operations Manager, Supreet closely collaborates with the Operations Manager to oversee day-to-day lodge operations, striving to create an environment of impeccable guest service and exceptional experiences. She skillfully manages guest check-in and check-out processes, reservations, and inquiries, maintaining a consistent high standard of guest satisfaction. Supreet's proficiency shines through as she coordinates efforts across various departments, including housekeeping, food and beverage, and maintenance. This collaborative approach aims to curate a seamless and enjoyable guest experience, leaving a lasting positive impression. Her prowess extends to financial management as well. Supreet actively contributes to budget monitoring, expense control, and inventory management, optimizing the lodge's operations for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Furthermore, Supreet assumes a critical role in upholding industry standards, diligently adhering to health and safety regulations, and championing environmentally conscious practices. Her commitment to these principles underscores her dedication to ethical and responsible lodge management.

Mr. Venaktesh .C

DESIGNATION:

Senior Naturalist

WORKING SINCE:

01 September 2019

During his childhood, Venkatesh developed a strong interest in wildlife and the natural world. He became a part of the Bangalore Urban Forest Division, an organization focused on rescuing and rehabilitating urban wildlife, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. After spending four years as a professional banker, his unwavering passion for wildlife led him to pursue a career in the field he held dearest – wildlife conservation. Originating from the garden city of India, Venkatesh chose to explore nearby reserves to deepen his understanding of the park's diverse flora and fauna. With over five years of experience, he has not only acquired practical knowledge but has also volunteered for various workshops and training programs organized by the forest department. His insatiable curiosity to learn and share his insights about wildlife is truly remarkable. Additionally, he has generously contributed his time to the forest department of Karnataka and has actively participated in numerous conservation initiatives held across different tiger reserves. Venkatesh possesses extensive wildlife knowledge and exceptional skills in interpreting the jungle. His captivating stories of his encounters and experiences in the wilderness have consistently left guests in awe.

Mr. Sharath U.G

DESIGNATION:

Naturalist

WORKING SINCE:

01 July 2022

Driven by an immense passion for nature, wildlife, and hospitality services, he charted a course towards becoming a hotelier. His fervent enthusiasm for wildlife led him to explore numerous National Parks in southern India. His fascination and eagerness to learn about diverse landscapes guided him to Tadoba. Sharath’s dedication to nature is evident through his maintenance of a nature journal, he believes that nature journaling is a practice that is highly beneficial both personally and environmentally, and is accessible to everyone. When you take the time to sit an observe nature with the intention to record what you see, you are creating a deep connection to your environment which will do nothing less than change your perspective on life. For him, being a naturalist encompasses maintaining an inquisitive awareness of one's surroundings, while continually deepening one's comprehension of the environment and refining the way it's perceived. He believes that for newcomers, the most effective way to adopt the mantle of a naturalist is to simply step outdoors and embark on explorations.

Ms. Debolina Das Sharma

DESIGNATION:

Naturalist

WORKING SINCE:

10 June 2023

Debolina’s academic achievement of completing her Masters in Wildlife Conservation Action reflects her commitment to gaining the knowledge and skills required for effective wildlife conservation efforts. "Wildlife Conservation Action" appears to be a specialized program designed to equip students with the necessary tools to make meaningful contributions to wildlife conservation. Her internship with the Wildlife Trust of India from April 2022 to September 2022 is an illustrative example of her hands-on experience in the field. During this time, she engaged in diverse activities related to human-elephant conflict mitigation, including data collection, fecal sample analysis, and collaborating with local communities to address conflicts. This practical experience showcases her dedication to implementing solutions that balance human needs and wildlife conservation. Additionally, her involvement in scientific research, such as fecal sample examination for parasites, and her role as a writer and narrator for a Nature and Wildlife Conservation Podcast highlight her multi-faceted approach to conservation. Her contribution to the podcast, aiming to spread awareness on scientific research, policies, and environmental conservation, underlines her commitment to disseminating information and fostering a wider understanding of these issues. Debolina’s transition from being an outdoor enthusiast to a naturalist is a significant milestone. Her realization that she possessed the skills to deepen her understanding of the natural world indicates her evolving perspective and growing confidence in her abilities. This transformation likely signifies her dedication to continuous learning and her desire to contribute meaningfully to the field of wildlife conservation. Overall, Debolina’s combination of academic achievement, field experience, engagement with scientific research, and efforts to spread awareness underscores her passion for wildlife conservation and her commitment to making a positive impact in this critical area.

Mr. Arjun M

DESIGNATION:

Lead Trainer and wildlife Advisor

WORKING SINCE:

01 October 2015

Arjun is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the captivating worlds of Hospitality and Wildlife. His journey began as a naturalist in the pristine wilderness of Kabini, situated within the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve. It was in this untouched landscape that Arjun's passion for wildlife and nature was ignited, propelling him towards a life dedicated to conserving and connecting people to India's natural wonders. After an enriching experience in Kabini, Arjun's curiosity and desire to explore more of India's diverse wildlife led him to the iconic Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. Here, he had the privilege of working with The Oberoi VanyaVilas, a luxurious resort that seamlessly blends luxury with the wilderness. His expertise and love for wildlife made him an indispensable asset to the establishment, enhancing guests' experiences while actively contributing to the conservation efforts around the tiger reserve. Arjun's thirst for knowledge took him on an incredible journey across India, exploring its varied natural landscapes and wildlife. From the snow-capped Himalayas to the lush Western Ghats and the dense forests of Central India, Arjun immersed himself in the rich biodiversity that India has to offer. Realizing the significance of connecting people to nature, Arjun transitioned into the role of a wildlife advisor for prestigious hotel groups, including The Oberoi VanyaVilas, The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge, and Nature Resorts. In this capacity, he not only advised on creating immersive wildlife experiences for guests but also emphasized sustainable and responsible tourism practices to minimize environmental impact. Arjun's passion for educating people about wildlife and nature led him to become one of the few nature educators for The Naturalist School, collaborating with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Skill India. Through these partnerships, he imparted his vast knowledge to students and individuals aspiring to learn about wildlife conservation, responsible tourism, and the art of being a naturalist. Arjun's dedication to nurturing the next generation of nature enthusiasts played a crucial role in building a sustainable future for India's biodiversity. Beyond the hospitality industry, Arjun's impact extended into the hearts of those he touched. His guided tours and educational programs thrilled participants with close encounters with wildlife while instilling a sense of responsibility towards protecting the natural world. Today, Arjun continues to be an influential figure in the realm of wildlife and nature, making a difference in the lives of both people and animals. Through his passion, knowledge, and commitment, he inspires others to cherish and protect India's natural heritage, ensuring that the beauty and wonder of the country's wildlife endure for generations to come.

Mr. Karthik Raja

DESIGNATION:

Naturalist

WORKING SINCE:

19 December 2023

Karthik Raja epitomizes the blend of scientific knowledge and heartfelt dedication in the realm of wildlife conservation and sustainable farming practices. Rooted in Puducherry, India, Karthik's journey from mastering Applied Psychology to becoming a distinguished Habitat Specialist showcases his profound connection with nature. As a Habitat Specialist at Farm Management and Consultancy, Karthik employs his expertise in maintaining delicate ecosystems while optimizing agricultural productivity. His role as a Farm Supervisor ensures that farming practices are in harmony with nature, emphasizing environmental responsibility and animal welfare. Karthik's deep understanding of avian behaviour as a Bird Handler is invaluable, especially in farm settings where bird management is crucial. Moreover, his active participation in Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation underscores his unwavering commitment to the welfare of all creatures. Nature serves as Karthik's guiding light, igniting his passion for conservation. His reverence for the natural world is palpable, driving him to dedicate his career to its preservation. Surrounded by the beauty of wildlife and natural landscapes, Karthik finds solace and purpose.

BAMBOO FOREST SAFARI LODGE
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The Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge,

Tadoba Village Maasal, Kolara road, Chimur,

Chandrapur district, Maharashtra -442903, India

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