Saish walking through a Monsoon Pool to observe and photograph a Common Toad (Duttaphrynus melanosticus) mating congregation. Belgaum, 2020.


Saish Solankar is a twenty year old ethnographer and amateur documentary filmmaker from India who is interested in Wildlife and Human-Animal relatedness, more specifically within an Amphibian and Reptile context. His research interests lie in studying multi-species interactions between humans and non-humans through ethnography, within an Environmental Anthropological framework. He is also deeply intrigued by Human Evolution and Evolutionary Biology. He is presently working on an ethnography of Frog Hunters in Nagaland and Southern Indiana.
He is trained in Reptile Management, and has studied taxonomy, bio-geography and phylogeny in Herpetology. He has spent extensive time in the rainforests of the Western Ghats in India, with the likes of Dr. Varad Giri, R Chaitanya, Gowri Shankar and Madhushri Mudke. He has also worked on a research expedition studying Anacondas in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest with Paul Rosolie and volunteered on Trevor Frost's (National Geographic Grantee) project, "Scales and Skin."
Saish is an adventure enthusiast: always on the lookout for adventures. Swamping in the Amazon rainforest, expeditioning in the Western Ghats, trekking in the Himalayas, solo tripping in the Peruvian Andes, getting stuck in a severe snowstorm in the Rocky Mountains - he's done it.
Saish is also a licensed aviator and plans to go out on aviation adventures in the near future. Along with his love and passion for the wild, it is his pursuit for Adventure that drives him to venture out into the unknown in search of great stories to tell. 
He is also interested in Sports Management, and is a professional crew for Ultra and Competitive Cycling, having crewed multiple times at Ultra-Races and state-national level events in India. He is scheduled to be a crew member at the Race Across America in June 2022. He specializes in Nutrition, Food and Drinks, and Media.
He is currently studying Anthropology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
West Lafayette, 2022.
West Lafayette, 2022.
Tambopata, 2018.
Tambopata, 2018.
Tillari, 2020.
Tillari, 2020.
Manipal, 2017.
Manipal, 2017.
Agumbe, 2018.
Agumbe, 2018.
Tambopata, 2018.
Tambopata, 2018.
Leh, 2020.
Leh, 2020.
Belgaum, 2021.
Belgaum, 2021.
Khajiar, 2021.
Khajiar, 2021.
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