About Us

Saad bin Jung walked out of cricket and with wife Sangeeta started Bush Betta in 1988 and since then the two have together addressed the many issues that plague Indian rural society. They have hard to resolve caste conflicts including untouchability, dowry deaths and wife harassment, female infanticide and man-animal conflicts to name a few. At the end of twenty years they came to the conclusion that the major issue within the regions of their work, owing to the failure of governance, was the conflict between the local people and authority. They travelled to Africa to understand how they could overcome such conflicts which lead to severe destruction to our forests and wilderness. All AES Volunteers, upon their return, will be given the opportunity to work with the local communities that surround our camps near Nagarhole and Bandipur. They have earned numerous Certificates of Merit from the Forest Department, The Directorate of Fisheries and the Forest Cell of the Police Department of the Government of Karnataka.

Saad has written two books on wildlife and conservation. His first book ‘Wild Tales from the Wild’ is a very successful conservation model. It’s the first of its kind in India. It speaks of conservation in short story form and thus is able to generate interest from a 10 year old kid to a 70 year old adult. His second book ‘Subhan & I’ speaks of conservation but through an anglers eye. He also writes a column for the Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle on cricket and ecology. He has worked on the Wildlife Advisory Board of Karnataka and is an avid photographer and  conservationist.

Saad and Sangeeta together built the stunning tented camp ‘The Bison’ on the backwaters of the Kabini. Saad also runs Bush Betta’s angling camp on the Cauvery River in the Cauvery Sanctuary. The BBC made a serial called ‘The Accidental Angler’ in which this camp was one of three chosen from the world over from the world over.

Saad and Sangeeta been taking guests to Africa on safari since 1995. They now take volunteers to Africa apart from their other occupations.

Saad comes from the erstwhile royal lineage of Bhopal and Pataudi and the Paigah’s of Hyderabad. His grandfather Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi played cricket for England in the bodyline series under Jardine where he got a century in the first Test. He also captained India in cricket and played hockey for India. The nawab married Her Highness Begum Sajida Sultan the Ruler of Bhopal. Saad’s uncle Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi played cricket for India. His first cousin Nawab Saif Ali Khan Pataudi is a superstar in Bollywood and a heartthrob of millions. Saad also played international cricket and got a century in the pre helmet days against the West Indies, which had the likes of Malcolm Marshall and company.


Shaaz Jung is a graduate from Utrecht School of Economics who has decided to forgo the commercial and corporate world and embark on a quest into in the wilderness. He currently runs a Wildlife Resort called ‘The Bison’ and is a renowned naturalist and cat tracker in the area. Shaaz has spent years studying game movement in South India and has earned the name ‘Leopard man’ of India with his astonishing Leopard portfolio. The Bison can be visited at www.thebisonresort.com and Shaaz Jung’s portfolio can be viewed at www.facebook.com/shaazjungphotographyHis passion for photography has taken him far in the field and he now undertakes photography lessons at his camp and leads Photography Expeditions and Volunteer Progrmas for Africa with Saad.



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