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The Foundation

The Mahim Pandhi Wildlife Foundation was founded to fill the void of conservation and protection of the native reptiles 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 also 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 to help other communities at large.

Our prime directive is to study crocodiles while taking the utmost care to preserve their safety, territory, and way of life. Our secondary directive is to assume nothing, and observe with fresh eyes. We employ cutting edge technologies and inventive methodologies that stray from mainstream to explore alternative ways of researching crocodiles.

A different approach to charity

The Foundation is different from charitable organizations and NGOs, in that it is fully self-sufficient and operates on a private budget, without any financial contributions from donors or sponsors. We believe many organizations often drown in politics and bureaucracy when monetary concerns become more important than doing the work the organization was meant to perform. Having a private operational budget leaves us free to focus exclusively on our research projects.

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

Guiding Principles

DesertCrocs’ prime directive is to study crocodiles while taking the utmost care to preserve their safety, territory, and way of life. Our secondary directive is to assume nothing, and observe with fresh eyes. Our tertiary directive is to employ cutting-edge yet affordable technology to achieve our goals.

To avoid problems caused by politics, organizational hierarchies, and finances, DesertCrocs is a different kind of endeavor. We are a small team of volunteers, armed with cutting edge technology and an undying passion for crocodiles. This project is fully self funded. Approaching the research from a unique point of view, we aim to make new, unbiased observations and hunches.

The Team

Dax Pandhi

Dax has been observing crocodiles in the wild for a decade. He has a knack for tracking crocodiles and finding isolated populations. Such tracking is augmented by propreitary technological solutions he develops for our field research and analysis.

Himani Shah

Himani provides the scientific backbone to our research. She is a trained herpatologist with hands-on experience with crocodilians. She works in the field for the DesertCrocs 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 organizations and government departments.

Cynthia Najim

Cynthia has managed major events such as the Hong Kong 97 Spectacular commemorating 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 son Dax Pandhi.


For general inquiries, contact hello@pandhi.org
or call +91 990 991 9839

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

Aiya Nagar,
Bhuj, Gujarat
37001 - India

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