SNAKE RESCUE CALL is the incredible true story about the dedicated wildlife conservationists who work to solve human-snake conflict in their communities while risking their own lives to protect some of India’s most dangerous snake species.
As human populations rapidly grow and spread into areas that wildlife depend on, conflict with snakes is becoming increasingly common. Each year, 2.7 million people around the world suffer a serious snakebite envenomation. At least 125,000 are killed and 400,000 more are permanently disabled. In India alone, over 46,000 people die from snakebite, which accounts for almost half of worldwide snakebite deaths. In response to this snakebite crisis, the World Health Organization classified snakebite as a neglected tropical disease as few efforts exist to reduce snakebite in the global majority.
Despite their unwarranted reputation, snakes are critically important animals for our world. Snakes maintain balance in the food web and provide humans an ecological service by controlling pest populations. Yet, snake populations in India are at risk from habitat destruction and extreme persecution by humans. Currently there is a gap between the conservation needs of snake species and the human-snake conflict solutions that exist in rural, impoverished communities. These communities are the most impacted by snakebite because they lack access to appropriate medical care. Left unaddressed, the indiscriminate killing of snakes will bring already threatened snake species ever closer to extinction while human lives continue to be lost from snakebite.
SNAKE RESCUE CALL is the incredible true story of wildlife conservationists who work to solve human-snake conflict in their communities while risking their own lives to protect some of India’s most dangerous snake species.
SNAKE RESCUE CALL Producers
In 2018, USA-based conservation organization Save The Snakes and Czech-based film production company Living Zoology Film Studio partnered together to film and produce the ground-breaking documentary SNAKE RESCUE CALL.
To increase worldwide snake conservation efforts, conservation organization Save The Snakes was founded in 2017 to protect threatened snake populations and reduce direct conflicts between humans and snakes by implementing mitigation strategies which will lead to peaceful coexistence. Save The Snakes works with a community of organizations, companies, individuals and donors who help us promote, implement and sustain snake conservation around the world. Together they work globally to promote our mission and foster support for snake conservation.
Living Zoology Film Studio was founded by Matej and Zuzana Dolinay, who studied zoology and they are also wildlife filmmakers and photographers. They are authors of documentary films about life of wild animals (especially reptiles and amphibians) and about scientific research in the field of zoology.
Their documentary film Protectors of snakes on Bali won first prize in film competition on travel festival Rajbas. They were nominated for a winner of Nature category on CZECH PRESS PHOTO 2017.
SNAKE RESCUE CALL could not have been made possible without the support, guidance and technical assistance from the following organizations: