With a life long experience in the forests of Silent Valley Mari son of Lachiappan is a true icon of conservation. Mari was initiated into the ways of the forest by his father Lachiappan, who was himself a renowned guide. What he learnt from his father was added to, through his own extensive forays into the Park. A member of Kerala State board for Wildlife and a receiver of many awards including P.V. Thampi Award and Madhavan Pillai Memorial Award, he has been a guide for researchers and managers alike. His inexhaustible source of information is a constant source of wonder and amazement to all the visitors. His passion and dedication is rivalled only by his vast experience and a treasure house of knowledge that he possess. He is now working as a permanent watcher in the Forest Dept.