The red fox is a survivor. It eats everything, from large insects to berries. This trait allows it to thrive in Ladakh, where the ground is covered with snow for five to six months a year. Photo: Dhritiman Mukherjee

The Magical Biodiversity of India Through 8 Photos

The book, by Dhritiman Mukherjee and Asad Rahmani, is an incredible look at India's landscapes.

“The smallest species of mammal found in India (and also in the world) is the Etruscan Pygmy Shrew Suncus etruscus, about the size of a human thumb and weighing only 1.8 gm,” writes conservationist and ornithologist Asad R. Rahmani in Magical Biodiversity of India. Wildlife photographer Dhritiman Mukherjee and Rahmani take readers on a stunning visual journey through 15 Indian landscapes. In this book, little creatures are given as much importance as the big stars of the jungle. From lush rainforests and arid deserts to pristine coral reefs and the snow-clad Himalayas, India is a microcosm of the world, home to nearly all the major habitat types. This diversity is charted through Mukherjee’s spectacular photographs and informative insights about creatures big and small, from the fierce big cat to the humble worm. The book explores a land teeming with life where even the simple lichen on a rock is a thing of great beauty.


    Dhritiman Mukherjee is as elusive as the animals he photographs. His photographs have appeared in National Geographic Traveller, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, WWF, UNESCO, Birdlife.

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