STORM: Mysore Edition: Rescue and Relocation of Snakes

 

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What is this workshop about?
This workshop introduces basics about reptiles, identification methods of snakes, snake rescue protocols, equipment, legal issues and conservation implications. The highlight is an opportunity to attend live snake rescue calls where participants practically learn everything about rescue and relocation of snakes.

Who can attend?
Anybody over 18 yrs of age, who has a keen interest and passion to learn about snakes, snake rescuers who would like to hone their skills, those who are considering herpetology as a career choice, and those who want to get over their fear of snakes.

Highlights
• Introduction to reptiles with a focus on snake ecology
• Snake Taxonomy: Identification of snakes through scale counts
• Rescue techniques using professional equipment: Bagging techniques
• On the move–snake rescue
• Practical session: How not to rescue snakes
• Discussion: First aid for snake bites
• Maintaining a studbook
• Legal Issues
• Environmental education and awareness during rescues
• Identifying relocation sites and Snake release.

Who is conducting the workshop?

Gowri Shankar is a wildlife biologist working on king cobras for close to two decades. He has worked at some of the premier reptile conservation centres in India. He has authored several peer reviewed papers and was instrumental in initiating the pioneering radio telemetry study on king cobras. He is an authority on the ecology of king cobras and has been featured in several wildlife documentaries like the ‘King Cobra and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra ‘, ‘One million snake bites’, ‘Asia’s deadliest snakes’, ‘Wildest India’,’Wild India’, ‘Mysteries of Wild India’ and ‘Cobra King’ by channels like the BBC, Discovery, NatGeo Wild, Animal Planet, Smithsonian and the National Geographic Channelrespectively.

More about Gowri at : http://pogirigowrishankar.wordpress.com/
Snake Shyam , is an integral part of Mysore’s herpetological scene. He has been rescuing snakes since 1982. With over 35,000 snakes recorded in his log book, his data and experience is valuable. He was featured in ‘Croc Chronicles: Snakes, Karma, Action ‘ on National Geographic and also has a street in Mysore named after him.
More about Snake Shyam at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_Shyam

Cost:
Rs. 4950/- (exclusive of GST)

To register or for any questions write to : kalinga@kalingacre.com
Call us at +91 9480877670

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