A London-born Scot, Toby first drove out to India in 1974 and by late 1975 he joined the Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Nepal’s Royal Chitwan National Park. In April 1977 he moved to Delhi and helped establish both Mountain Travel India and an office for Tiger Tops. Toby has trekked extensively in the western Himalayas. He helped establish the Kipling Camp in Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh Jungle Camp. He has been on the Advisory Committee of the Bombay Natural History Society and is today on the Government of India Steering Committee on Protected Area Management. He is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the EcoTourism Society of India. He was the recipient of the 2007 Zeiss Award for Conservation. He is a trustee of Global Tiger Patrol.
For the last 20 years his main work has been handling the Field Production of BBC Natural History Unit filming in the wilderness areas and parks of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan. These films get broadcast on Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic in addition to the BBC.
Toby has edited and contributed to a series of books on different parts of South Asia including a series of Insight Guides to India; Indian Wildlife; India’s Western Himalaya, South India, Calcutta, Delhi, Jaipur & Agra; and Rajasthan.
In addition to his own photography, he has been consultant to and handled logistics for numerous photographic projects including The Western Ghats
(National Geographic, Jan 2002), Tigers
(National Geographic, Dec 1999), The Monsoon
(Geo, Dec 1998), Snow Leopards
(National Geographic, 2008), Kaziranga
(National Geographic 2010), Tigers
(December 2011) etc. He has also handled the logistics for photographers such as Richard Avedon, Tom Mangelsen, Nick Nicolls, Steve Winter, Frans Lanting, and Art Wolfe among others.
Upcoming Adventures with Toby:
India's Tigers & Wildlife Photo Safari
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Toby was an exceptional team leader. He kept us fully informed of what we were going to be doing and went out of his way to make sure that all participants were taken care of. His immense knowledge of India and the region made for engaging conversation. First class."
"Toby is amazing. His knowledge is encyclopedic, and he's a great companion & teacher."
"No adjective can fully express how sensational Toby was. His kindness and sensitivity is unparalleled. I missed one morning drive and he bought me a beautiful silk scarf from the village in Assam to cheer me up. I shall never forget him!"
"Toby is a fountain of information."
"It's always the leader who can make the trip fabulous, regardless of other factors. Toby did that. Funny, knowledgeable, concerned, professional -- he had it all. And, when I indicated my interest in photography, he paid extra attention and made the effort to seek me out and show me specific technical and artistic things. Very much appreciated."