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.
Founder & Scientific Director
Atul is the Continental Coordinator for South Asia and Species Coordinator for Lutrogale perspicillata for IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group. He is recipient ‘Future Conservationist Award‘ from Conservation Leadership Programme for his work on otters in 2014. Graduated as Mechanical Engineer, he worked in a multinational software company before making a professional switch to wildlife conservation research. He is also interested in abstract painting, human psychology and fitness.
Dr. Katrina Fernandez
Ecologist & Scientific 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!
Komal was exposed to wildlife early on as a child. As a result, she developed a keen interest and sensitivity towards well being of animals. Ardent about wildlife conservation research, she wants to scientifically explore change in animal habitat resulting in creating human wildlife/animal co-existence.
Hannah's main interest lies in wildlife conservation and animal behavior. She’s proven to be a budding naturalist with a commitment to the outdoors. Her enthusiasm for all things untamed is contagious and her curiosity knows no bounds. Hannah’s ultimate conservation goal is to use animal behavioral research to create an enduring goodwill between man and wild.
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!
Aditi is a post graduate in Environmental Science from Fergusson college, Pune. She was only truely exposed to otters and other wildlife at 'Wild otters'. Smooth coated otter is her prime interest species. She wants to make more people aware of otter presence-role in the ecosystem and study their behaviour and adaptions to changing Environment.
Dr. Vidya Athreya
Dr. Nicole Duplaix