Described as a Renaissance Manitoba, he has been a guru, historian, natural history expert, palmist, vegetarian cook, photographer, artist and sculptor, agronomist and intellectual. The latter featured Jivan as a character in his last Bond novel. He also acted in a movie with the actor Omar Sharif.
Jivan runs an export and import business established by his father in 1895.
Now 84, he attributes his good health to being a lifelong vegetarian, non-smoker and teetotaler. He was included in the United Nations Environmental Program Global 500 Roll of Honour was also honoured by the Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.
Kantilal Jivan has also been involved in the passing of the following legislation: creation of Ste. Anne Marine National Park.
Portuguese Launay Marine National Park, the Protection of Shells Acting.
Animal and Bird Protection. Controlled Cropping of Seabirds" Eggs. Protection of Turtles.
And the Seychelles Marine Mammal Sanctuary.
Mr Kantilal Jivan Shah, age 87 years, died on the 22.10.2010 in Victoria Hospital, Mahe, Seychelles.