Snakebite Awareness Camp For Kids In Mysore District
In April 2019, Sanctuary’s Project Leaders Sandhya Rani and Marina Juliet conducted a three day snakebite awareness camp at The Gerry Martin Project (TGMP) field station in Karnataka. The camp was organised in collaboration between TGMP and Humane Society International/India (HSI), and was led by the latter's campaign manager, Sumanth Madhav.
Eighty eight young students from six different villages in the Mysore district attended the camp in three batches, and learnt about snakebite prevention and management through games and presentations. The three facilitators also dispelled myths about snakes and put forth a case for co-existence between humans and wild animals.
For the past year, Sandhya and Marina have been involved in human-snake conflict mitigation under the guidance of herpetologist Gerry Martin and educator Chandini Chhabra. Apart from assisting with farm tasks at the TGMP base in Hunsur and leading awareness workshops, the two women are contributing to a study on snakebite epidemiology by conducting social surveys across 3,000 households in and around their own Rathnapuri village.
Sanctuary’s Mud on Boots Project is a unique initiative that identifies and empowers grassroots conservationists by connecting them with mentors, providing a monetary grant and offering other strategic support. To donate to the Mud on Boots Project and empower others like Marina and Sandhya, please write to