WILD OTTERS was started in September 2014 with willingness to make a difference and without an office space. Now, we have a well-established base on Chorao island in Goa which can house 14 people.
Our Mission: To take effective and efficient conservation actions by synergizing with like-minded, proactive individuals and organizations.
Founder - 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.
Understanding animal biology is critical to take correct conservation actions.
Dr. Katrina Fernandez
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.
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.
Fascinate people about wildlife; help them build a positive relationship with nature.
Akshita is an MSc graduate in Conservation Project Management from Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent. After completing her graduation in Business Management, Akshita decided to switch to her lifelong passion of wildlife conservation and research. She focuses on managing conservation projects effectively. Her scientific interests revolve around studying animal and insect behavior.
Integrate natural and social sciences; have a multidisciplinary conservation approach
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.
Radhika is currently pursuing a MSc in Urban Planning, where she studies how human settlements can grow while protecting surrounding ecosystems and biodiversity. As a former journalist, she is interested in making people aware and engaged in issues related to wildlife conservation.
Dr. Vidya Athreya
Dr. Nicole Duplaix