Sanjayan relives the journeys that spurred him to look at our relationship to the planet—and each other—in a whole new way.
Sanjayan relives the journeys that spurred him to look at our relationship to the planet—and each other—in a whole new way. (Courtesy M. Sanjayan)
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The Wild Trips That Transformed a Scientist

Sanjayan relives the journeys that spurred him to look at our relationship to the planet—and each other—in a whole new way.

Biologist M. Sanjayan has traveled to remarkable places around the world, crossing a vast desert in Namibia, tracking man-eating tigers in Bangladesh, and studying a despised rodent in California. Along the way, he’s become a well-known television personality and an outspoken advocate for an approach to conservation that’s less about fencing off wilderness and more about safeguarding nature to benefit humanity. In this episode of our Wild Files series, Sanjayan, now the CEO of Conservation International, relives the journeys that spurred him to look at our relationship to the planet—and each other—in a whole new way.


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