Nayan Khanolkar grew up in Mumbai fascinated by the natural world around him. But it was while travelling in the Himalayas that he became intrigued by one of the most feared and maligned animals in Asia: the leopard.
“There was a very sad story of locals killing a leopard in a National Park, and it got me thinking about them, because there had been incidents with leopards in Mumbai too,” he says. “But it occurred to me that humans were encroaching on their territory, rather than the other way round. I wanted to find out more about them.”