232 pages, 278 colour plates
Babi Nobis was barely 11 years old when he had his first chance encounter with a tiger in the jungles of Hazaribagh. The experience not only left an indelible impression on his young mind but also instilled in him a deep reverence for this majestic animal. Thereafter, his love for nature's creatures would only grow with each visit to the wilds, as would his passion for photography.
Over the last twenty-five years, Babi and Tina Nobis have explored the incredible wilderness of both the Indian and African game reserves, from Kanha and Bandhavgarh to the Serengeti, the Masai Mara and more, with Babi photographing either spectacular events charged with power and drama in the animal kingdom in both continents, or animals in their most human emotions and circumstances.
Be it the sheer dominance of the tiger in its habitat, a leopard carrying its prey, a cub frolicking in front of the camera, giraffes sparring to mark their territories, a million wildebeest on their annual migration trail, a pride of hungry lion cubs feasting on a dead elephant, a stunning landscape, or the majestic Baobab tree that has silently witnessed the co-existence and tussle of man and beast over millennia, Babi Nobis captures the transcendent beauty of the wild bringing together the uniqueness of the two continents.
With a foreword by well-known wildlife photographer and conservationist, Belinda Wright, On Safari: The Tiger and the Baobab Tree presents a rich visual and textual account of two continents and the majesty of those that stock and rule its forests and jungles.
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Babi Nobis is a tea exporter whose passion for wildlife is matched by his love for cars. A founder member of the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), Babi has shot extensively across the Indian subcontinent and the African continent. He is also the winner of the coveted silver medal in the Prints section of the 15th FIAP Nature Biennale World Cup in photography, 2010. Tina Nobis has been on several safaris and wildlife shoots with her husband. A keen observer of nature, she is known to maintain diaries of these experiences.