Nat Geo Explorer: Aparajita Datta

Aparajita Datta has been studying the Namdapha National Park in India as a wildlife biologist for more than ten years. The park is home to a hundred animals, about 500 species of birds, and more than a thousand plants. Her greatest passion has been studying five species of hornbills—dramatically curved-beak birds—that live in the park. She has been working with the native Lisu tribe that inhabits the area, establishing a community-based conservation program that has both reduced wildlife hunting and improved the lives of local families.