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. He 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!
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.
Katrine is currently a student at the University of Kent studying a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, spending her placement year here at Wild Otters. She is extremely passionate about the environment and the organisms within it and has spent a significant amount of time volunteering in the UK for wildlife charities. Alongside this she assisted with research in South Africa, spending time in Kruger National Park and Sodwana Bay. Ultimately, she wants to assist in the collection of data to build a strong relationship between humans and wildlife.
Aurelius takes care of our hospitality at the field base and keeps everything running smoothly. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys playing cricket in his spare time. Libraries are his natural habitat!
After working and travelling abroad for most of her twenties and encountering different environmental issues around the world, Sophie decided to embark on a career through which she can make some positive change. She recently graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Conservation Biology and Ecology from University of Exeter, and spent the summer conducting bat surveys with an ecological consultancy before joining the Wild Otters team. With research experience in species redistribution, and reforestation success in Costa Rican cloud forest, she has strong interests in restoration ecology and monitoring species' responses to environmental change.
After graduating with a degree in natural sciences in 2017, Robin spent 6 months working as an ecological consultant in the UK. He is in India to broaden his practical research experience before beginning a masters programme. His research interests lie in biogeography and population ecology, particularly in response to anthropogenic environmental change. In his spare time, he is generally found watching birds or climbing rocks.
Her passion for wildlife started at a young age despite living in an urban environment all her life. After completing her BSc in Zoology from Mumbai on a quest to fulfil her interest for wildlife conservation, she chose to do an internship with Wild Otters to gain some field experience with like-minded people. Along with an interest in animal behaviour and oceanography, she is an outdoor person and loves to play basketball, swim and build stuff in her spare time.
Dr. Vidya Athreya
Dr. Nicole Duplaix