On a trip to Botswana this year, Dattaraj Salgaocar saw from close quarters a scene that remains firmly etched in his mind. This incident involved a leopard climbing a tree as it was being followed by a group of hyenas. Soon, there was a large pack of wild dogs and in barely half hour, an elephant herd was out in large numbers trumpeting away. “I loved this interaction and found it fascinating. Such incidents give me a big kick,” says Salgaocar.
Exploring wildlife is Salgaocar’s way to beat stress and photography is merely an accompaniment. “Wildlife is my passion and the camera helps capture some of the memories,” says the managing director of the Goa-based VM Salgaocar group. His first big wildlife trip was to Kenya in 1995, and his enduring relationship with the “call of the wild”, as he likes to put it, began back then.
Salgaocar now plans his holidays around a wildlife destination or a safari. Last year, it was Tanzania and this year, it was the Okavango delta, Selinda and Linyanti reserves in Botswana. “These are completely wild and extremely untouch