Wild Otters was founded with a vision of securing future of otters. Founded in September 2014 , the organisation has already taken long strides in otter research and conservation in India. The organisation is run on an evolving conservation entrepreneurship model. Based in Goa, majority of the research work has been done in Goa with new projects being started in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The organisation has also been pioneering in building capacity for otter conservation in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Our Mission: To take effective and efficient conservation actions by synergizing with like-minded, proactive individuals and organizations.
Dr. Katrina Fernandez
Ecologist & Director
Katrina is interested in various aspects of conservation biology, including community ecology, population dynamics and population viability of small carnivores. She also has a strong interest in communicating conservation issues and science to the public and engaging people in participatory approaches to conservation, including habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring, and awareness raising. She has experience working as an ecologist in Africa, Asia and Australia and is a Full Member of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group.
Director & Chief of Communications
Kshitij handles communication strategy at Wild Otters. His follows politics with a keen eye and studies questions of law and physics. One fine day, he has a wish to write the screenplay of a webseries!
Jack graduated UCL or University College London to those unfamiliar. A world leading university in 2016 having also spent a year in Denmark at the university of Copenhagen. He holds an MSci in Biodiversity and conservation but in layman terms biology, not bad for someone who comes from a low income background, within the UK. After struggling to get a grad job, he accepted an internship with Borneo Nature foundation in Indonesia as an intern focusing on gibbons. This re-enhanced his desire to get a PhD and work within conservation and now he's here in India, the land of his favourite animal, the Tiger!
Alexandra has an extensive background in veterinary medicine, but it was a volunteer experience to South Africa that brought her to the conservation world. There she was exposed to the devastating rhino horn trade and it inspired her to go back to school. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in wildlife conservation and ecology and continued to work with African wildlife. She has worked on rhino monitoring and carnivore research projects in Malawi. Her goal is to bring awareness of the conservation of species through research and education.
Dr. Vidya Athreya
Dr. Nicole Duplaix