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Ratna Singh

Wildlife and animals have always been a central part of Ratna Singh's life. She grew up on a family farm in a small village in central India, and although she went away to boarding school at a very young age, she would come home during her vacations and often spend time at nearby Bandhavgarh National Park, famous for its wild tigers. Ratna went on to study history at university, then did graduate work in international law with an emphasis on human rights and refugee law. Following her studies, she spent three years working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross, where she worked primarily with Afghan refugees.

Yet Ratna's affinity for animals eventually drew her back to the Indian wilds. What she thought would be a year's sabbatical as a safari guide in 2006 turned into an ongoing guiding stint in the jungles of central India. Ratna was trained at one of India’s premier ranger schools in Kanha National Park, where photographers flock from all over the world to capture images of India’s famed Bengal tigers and other wildlife.

Ratna was among them, initially using a simple small camera to capture shots of big cats or unusual wildlife behavior. But things changed when she guided a trip for zoologist and top wildlife photographer Jonathan Scott, host of BBC’s Big Cat Diaries. Ratna was fascinated by Scott’s formidable-looking camera equipment and amazed at the quality of his photographs. What really impressed her was that even simple things like dew on grass in the early morning or light filtering through huge teak leaves could be compelling subjects.

Scott offered Ratna some photography guidance during their journey, which launched her on a path to becoming an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer in her own right. It was also sheer luck that over the next two years, Ratna had extensive contact with a BBC crew filming a tigress and her litter for a popular film called Tiger: Spy in the Jungle. She spent much her free time with the crew reviewing footage and learning new photography tricks. Since then she has guided both professional still photographers and film crews, both for wildlife films and lifestyle travel shows.

Ratna was the first female full-time naturalist guide at one of India's top safari lodges and ultimately became head naturalist overseeing a team of naturalist guides at three different lodges. She was a finalist for TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers)'s Best Naturalist in India award in 2012.

And now, while Ratna still guides Nat Hab guests in various Indian national parks, she also recruits and trains naturalist guides for our local Indian safari operator. She is committed to ecotourism as part of her passion for conservation and community development, and will forever be connected to the jungle. "I don't think I could survive in the city," she says.

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