The Foundation

The Mahim Pandhi Wildlife Foundation was founded to fill the void of conservation and protection of the native crocodiles of Kutch, a unique, isolated part of India.

With our flagship project DesertCrocs, we are working towards better understanding of the unique crocodiles of Kutch. We work with local communities on educational initiatives to help continue the zero human-crocodile conflict legacy of Kutch, and better understand this fascinating aspect of co-existence.

Guiding Principles

Our prime directive is to study crocodiles while taking the utmost care to preserve their safety, territory, and way of life. We employ cutting edge technologies and inventive methodologies to explore new ways of understanding these animals.

The Foundation is fully self-sufficient and operates on a private budget, without any financial contributions from donors or sponsors, to create a superbly streamlined endeavor that is strictly focused on our work and not administration and fundraising.

To foster open exchange with other researchers, The Foundation publishes its research and data under the permissive Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.

The Team

Dax Pandhi

Dax has been observing crocodiles in the wild for a decade. He has a knack for tracking crocodiles from the air and finding isolated populations in the far flung reaches of Kutch. Tracking is augmented by new, proprietary technological solutions he develops for our field research and analysis.

He is using historic, geological, and various other disparate sources of information to establish larger patterns for crocodiles and their presence in Kutch.

Dax has a background in cutting edge technological research, and is the founder of QuadSpinner. He often speaks at conferences, conventions and schools such as Mundos Digital, End User Event, SIGGRAPH, and Harvard.

Himani Shah

Himani provides the herpetological backbone to our research. She is a trained scientist with hands-on experience. She works in the field for the DesertCrocs research and conservation project, investigating vital data and discovering insights into their distinctiveness.

Parvez Ansari

A veteran administrator formerly of CARE and America India Foundation, Parvez uses his vast experience to coordinate internal efforts, as well as our joint ventures with other NGOs, universities, and government departments.

Cynthia Najim

Cynthia has managed major events such as the Hong Kong 1997 Spectacular celebrating the historic reunification of Hong Kong; the APEC Business Forum; and the Hong Kong Chinese New Year's Day Parade. She advises the Foundation on the documentary films we produce, and public outreach programs.

Mahim Pandhi


The Foundation was created in memory of Mahim Pandhi, a renowned journalist and renaissance man who loved nature. He spent his life practicing his principles of charity and philanthropy. He was a man of action who believed in doing things himself rather than delegating - especially when it came to helping others. He shared his garden with cobras, mongoooses, and reptiles.

The Mahim Pandhi Wildlife Foundation was founded and is run by his family.


For inquiries, contact
or call +91 99094 19849

Our offices are located just a few kilometers from several crocodile habitats at:

Aiya Nagar,
Bhuj, Gujarat
37001 - India