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CHATLINE Author and nature lover Zai Whitaker wants to see future generations armed with more information on environment and wildlife. SOMA BASU writes.

“Icouldn’t and can’t be anything other than a nature junkie!” declares Zai Whitaker. “I have always been an outdoor kid, outrageous and outright about my love for the environment.”

Could life be any different for Zahida Whitaker? Conservationist Zafar Rashid Futehally, who started the World Wildlife Fund and was Honorary Secretary of the Bombay Natural History Society, is her father. Landscape designer and author Laeeq Futehally is her mother. Dr.Salim Ali, Bird Man of India, was her grand-uncle. Shama Futehally, the author of Tara Lane and Reaching Bombay Central, is her sister. Herpetologist and wildlife conservationist Romulus Earl Whitaker, founder of the Madras Snake Park and the Madras Crocodile Bank, is her ex-husband. And Nikhil, a wildlife management expert, and Samir, a conservation biologist, are her sons.

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