Most people believe that killing snakes will keep them safe. Thousands of snakes are killed every year but we still have 46,000 deaths per annum. Clearly, this slaughter isn’t working. Why? The most responsible species (spectacled cobra, common krait, Russell’s viper and saw-scaled viper) are highly adaptive and are found in higher densities in agricultural landscapes due to the high availability of food – rats and mice
The majority of crocodilian species do not pose a serious danger to people, although like any other wild animal, they will bite when provoked or surprised. A handful of species however are undoubtedly potentially dangerous and are responsible for several fatal and non-fatal attacks annually. If we objectively analyze the reasons behind these attacks, we may be able to minimize them and hopefully convince people that crocodilians are worth keeping around.
Wildlife rehabilitators help concerned people decide whether an animal truly needs help. Young birds and mammals should be returned to their families if at all possible; even well trained rehabilitators cannot replace biological parents. Rehabilitators provide instructions on how to reunite wildlife families, keeping the safety of the animals and the rescuers in mind, and they can suggest humane, long-term solutions.
Roadkills are severely underreported and severely underestimated but pose a huge threat to wildlife. Landscapes are changing so fast that it does not give resident wildlife a chance to adjust to the changes. Village access roads are being developed as tar roads, local roads are turning in to highways, various irrigation canals are coming up fragmenting habitats. All this is happening way too fast, and way too much. All this is resulting in wildlife roadkills, including vulnerable and endangered species.
We go to diverse habitats, from arid scrub forests to western ghats to mountain forests (Himalayan foothills) of Northeast India. We stay in camps and huts with the native folks. We eat local food. We explore the habitats looking for herps mostly, but we often come across other taxa. We try to experience nature in its purest form. We work in non-protected areas within biodiversity hotspots, where native people and wildlife share the habitats. It is critical to establish a sustainable coexistence model that can help the both people and wildlife.
We at NAJA and Wild India Expeditions are happy to announce our first workshop of the year – Field Herpetology and Montane Forest Ecology 15 to 18 June 2018 – learn field techniques and contribute to conservation research in the north Western Ghats near Goa! Our workshop is timed with the onset of monsoon. Rains bring out the best in a forest system, especially the herpetofauna, and we are going to explore the forest just then!
We are a bunch of committed biologists, ecologists and wildlife enthusiasts who have come together to use our skills for the betterment of nature and help in conservation of the wildlife we love so much.
Sometimes however, we just like to explore the world, and try to understand where we fit in.
Be like us!
Conserving wildlife through research, management and education.
We want acceptance and implementation of environmental co-existence by all of us. We work on a variety of environmental issues by understanding them through research activities, applying appropriate and sustainable mitigation measures, and by engaging all stake-holders, especially the local communities. All in all, we encourage people to live a pro-environment lifestyle.
Over the years we have had the opportunity to work with several organizations and individuals engaged in tremendous efforts towards wildlife conservation. Their achievements are impressive and yet they strive to do better. They inspire us every day.
NAJA Task Force volunteer Snehal Shah with his team carried out a snake and snakebite awareness program at Haria I. G. High School in Vapi, Gujarat. Participants included teachers, entire staff, principal, and team members of Indian Disaster Response Cops – Valsad Unit. The program was conducted on 28 April 2018.
Snake & Snakebite awareness program was conducted on 15 April 2018, at Emami Ltd. (Silvassa) by volunteers of Read More...