- Mark Shand
Mark Roland Shand (born 28 June 1951), is a British travel writer and conservationist.
Shand is 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 is 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 has a daughter Ayesha.
He is 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 has 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.
Mark Shand is actively involved in the conservation of the Asian elephant and runs a charity called Elephant Family.
- ^ Bordoloi, Anupam (2005-03-15). "Wild at heart". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050313/asp/look/story_4480991.asp. Retrieved 2007-02-26.
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- 1951 births
- Keppel family
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