snake rescue call

Filming King Cobras in Agumbe

The Save The Snakes and Living Zoology Team have finished filming while at the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) is a permanent field station of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, located on a 4.5 acre site, in the middle of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and Agumbe Reserve Forest; approximately 1.5 km from Agumbe village, in Shimoga District of Karnataka. In the past years ARRS has initiated and hosted studies on a wide variety of wildlife and ecology-related subjects, notably the groundbreaking King Cobra Telemetry Project, which is the first of its kind in India.

Agumbe Rainforest Research Station Director Ajay Giri

Our Team was given the opportunity to join ARRS Director Ajay Giri and the rest of the ARRS staff on snake rescue calls, survey snake habitat and even track a 3.9m (13’) adult male king cobra in its natural habitat.

snake rescue call
Ajay safely secures a rescued king cobra, which was removed from a land owner’s farm.

The dedication of the ARRS is truly impressive and their work to save king cobras through community-based conservation efforts should serve as a model for successful snake conservation programs. We all left Agumbe recharged, inspired and even more motivated to increase the impact of our own snake conservation efforts.

The green vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) observed at ARRS.

Photos by wildlife photographer Maaike Starkey.

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