Our journey and the team
Wild Otters Research is an entrepreneurship founded in 2018, with three core verticals in mind: wildlife research, education and outreach.
We are committed to understanding ecosystem dynamics and community ecology, with current emphasis on meso mammals and humans, in various habitat types and landscapes in Goa and Karnataka states of India. Our projects aim to fill data deficiencies in the current knowledge of various species, in terms of their habitat requirements, ecology, biology, behaviour, threats and adaptations to anthropogenic influence. We primarily work outside of protected areas in semi urban, human modified/dominated landscapes.
We develop educational curriculums to facilitate professional training and development, university internships/courses and other workshops for students from various backgrounds, both in India and internationally.
Collaborations with local communities and authorities to facilitate better understanding of our environment and the importance of conservation efforts are part of our priorities. Projects such as The Otter Collective were created to integrate art and conservation while raising public awareness to a regional burning issue.
We are a diverse team of individuals from different parts of the world with varied backgrounds and interests. We are members of the IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group, an international community of researchers supporting otter conservation efforts around the world.
If you'd like to speak to us, please feel free to reach out on kshitij(at)wildotters(dot)com.
Dr. Katrina Fernandez
Ecologist & Director
Director & Chief of Communications
Senior Research Associate & Additional Director
Wildlife Trade Analyst