King Cobra Bionomics and Conservation Workshop
10 - 12th March 2023
King Cobra is the king of snakes for many reasons.
It is the longest venomous snake in the world, only snake to build a nest and guards her eggs, and it is our national reptile!
This pioneering workshop by Gowri Shankar, a king cobra biologist studying king cobras for 20 years, will take you on a deep dive into the secret lives of king cobras.
The annual workshop is timed to match the king cobra breeding season and conducted in the land of kings-Agumbe.
Come delve into their secret lives and learn about their ecology and research underway.
• King Cobra ecology
• Discussions: Research – past, present & future, people perceptions, myths and plights
• Taxonomical identification
• Activities to understand their ecology
* Day and night herping
• Attend rescue calls(if any) and learn rescue techniques
P Gowri Shankar
TED & TEDx Speaker, TEDFellow 2020
Gowri Shankar is a wildlife biologist working on king cobras for close to two decades. He was instrumental in initiating the pioneering radio telemetry study on king cobras and was able to discover the secret life of king cobras.
He is an authority on the ecology of king cobras and has been featured in several wildlife documentaries like the ‘King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra ‘, ‘Asia’s Deadliest Snake’, and ‘Wildest India’ by BBC, National Geographic Channel, NatGeoWild , Discovery Channel ‘Mysteries of Wild India’ and ‘The Cobra King’ by channels like the BBC, Discovery, NatGeo Wild, Animal Planet, Smithsonian and National Geographic Channel.
He completed his PhD at North Orissa University and is a former exchange student at Uppsala University, Sweden.
He was awarded the herpetologist of the year-2015 by the Swedish Herpetological Society. He is a TEDFellow 2020, a TED, and TEDx speaker
More about Gowri at : http://pogirigowrishankar.wordpress.com/
Open to ALL above 18 years.
Maximum participants: 18.
Venue: Kalinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology, Agumbe
Date: 10th to 12th March 2022.