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.
Kilian is a recent master’s graduate in conservation biology from Manchester Metropolitan University. Passionate about conserving and protecting our natural world, he has extensive experience working on nature reserves in South Africa as a veterinary assistant and researcher, as well as in Honduras as a marine biologist working on coral reef degradation. After having worked in the tourism industry for a short while as a marine wildlife guide in Scotland, Kilian made the move back to research with Wild Otters in order to further his skills in habitat restoration, ecology and conservation biology in order to possibly venture into PhD research in the future.
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!
Wildlife Trade Analyst
An animal lover concerned about the otter pet trade that's been going on in South East Asia/Japan, Shiri is currently focusing on acquiring new field/research skills, deeply intrigued about what's it like for a smooth-coated otter to be living in the wild. Meanwhile she's exploring not only otters but various wildlife on Chorao, and trying to help out with social media strategies, as online advertising management is her official profession in Israel. Her main goal is to try and find out-of-the-box ideas to deal with the SE Asia otters pet trade.
Rowan is a recent graduate in geography and environmental management and is currently completing an internship with Wild Otters working on distribution and study of civets, to gain valuable experience in the field of conservation.
Amrita is a recent graduate in Biotechnology, Chemistry and Zoology. With a chirpy nature and hordes of restless energy, there's never a dull moment around her. Interested in conservation, she is currently exploring various opportunities and plans to do a Masters in the field soon.
Dr. Vidya Athreya
Dr. Nicole Duplaix