My brother and I are originally from The Netherlands, but we did not have the typical Dutch upbringing. We were born and raised in Bangalore, India, where we spent the first 20 years in a culture that felt like our own, but on the outside, there was a physical mismatch. We were like inverted coconuts (brown on the inside and white on the outside) – we looked like we had no clue what India was all about, but on the inside, we were as Indian the others, or maybe even more Indian in just the same way a chameleon changes its colour to adapt to its environment.
Having gone to schools that were nudged into the outskirts of the Bangalore, to encounter snakes and monkeys, and if you were lucky, leopard tracks and elephant dung, was not uncommon. Yet, it always took us by surprise considering that the nearby city, at the time, had a population of 8 million people and growing. Despite the relative proximity of these two worlds, they felt far away from each other; people, including those we knew, were becoming increasingly detached from the wildlife around us in all forms - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. We can get so caught up with the day-to-day that we forget to pause, reflect, and assess, our impact on life outside of our little bubbles.
The need for increased conservation is often a heavy topic of discussion encompassing topics such as species loss, forests being cleared, we need to undertake action or else…, among other things. Although this serves a purpose, we often feel more drained than uplifted. We think action goes hand-in-hand with experience as Sir David Attenborough once said “No one will protect what they do not care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”. Using this quote as a fundament, our intention with our content is to include you on our personal journeys through conservation so as to bring about increased awareness of the beauty of this planet's wildlife.
We do not own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife.