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“Sometimes I feel like a small businessman,” Khandal tells me. “Always trying to figure out how to make the most of the money I have.”

He doesn’t have much. Khandal’s main funders continue to be the students of the Shri Ram School in Delhi, who have raised more than $20,000. That’s a lot of refrigerator art and paper lanterns. The kids have also provided enough books to make libraries in six Moghiya villages, and they’ve wired another with 115 solar lights.

But the informant is still whining. Khandal sighs and looks at me.

“This is ridiculous,” he says. “Talking to this man, talking to all these poachers, trying to keep these informers straight. What am I doing?”

He’s scheduled to deliver a snake and spider lecture at the University of Rajasthan soon. He’d much rather be preparing for that than hanging out with ex-poachers. He tells me about one spider that kills its prey with ultraviolet light. He’s fascinated by this. “The spider is a predator with many skills,” he says. “They catch prey many different ways.” He thinks about this, then adds, “I learn a lot from spiders.”

Additional reporting by Jay Mazoomdaar.

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