Record Reptile Rescues In THESE Cities: Citizens Team Up With Wildlife SOS To Save Snakes

Humans and reptiles are learning to live in harmony, thanks to Wildlife SOS's dedicated efforts. Let us dive into the initiative.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Sep 14, 2023 21:34 IST
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Reptiles caught (Photo Credit: News 24)
Reptiles caught (Photo Credit: News 24)

Agra: In a remarkable display of community collaboration and growing wildlife awareness, Agra and Mathura districts have witnessed a surge in the safe rescue of reptiles, thanks to the combined efforts of concerned citizens and the dedicated team at Wildlife SOS. The ongoing wildlife awareness campaigns in recent years have begun to yield impressive results.

Monsoon season witnesses over 270 reptiles safely rescued and released

The monsoon season of this year has been especially significant for reptile conservation. The forest department, with invaluable support from Wildlife SOS, has successfully rescued and released more than 270 reptiles back into their natural habitats. This laudable accomplishment stands as a testament to the active involvement of citizens who have reported reptile sightings through the Wildlife SOS emergency rescue helpline.

The collective rescue efforts encompass a variety of reptile species, including 77 Indian rat snakes (Ptyas mucosa), 55 spectacled cobras (Naja naja), 38 Indian wolf snakes (Lycodon aulicus), 20 Indian rock pythons (Python molurus), and 40 Bengal monitor lizards (Varanus bengalensis).

Changing perceptions: Educating the Public about the vital role of reptiles

Reptiles, often misunderstood and misrepresented in mythology, folklore, and media, are frequently met with undue fear and hostility. However, organizations like Wildlife SOS have been unrelenting in their efforts to spread knowledge about these creatures and their indispensable role in the ecosystem. These educational initiatives aim to dispel irrational fears associated with reptiles.

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-Founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, remarked, “Despite lingering misconceptions about reptiles, our ongoing awareness campaigns have made significant strides in altering public perceptions. It’s heartening to witness a growing number of people choosing to seek professional help through our hotline rather than attempting to handle these situations independently.”

Baiju Raj M.V, Director-Conservation Projects at Wildlife SOS, emphasized the limited presence of venomous snake species in Agra and Mathura and highlighted the importance of maintaining a safe distance in case of a snake sighting while reporting the incident to their helpline.

A brighter future for humans and reptiles alike

The exceptional success of these rescue efforts is a clear indication of the rising level of awareness and a deeper understanding of wildlife. Wildlife SOS remains committed to responding promptly to reptile rescue calls, organizing programs, and workshops to sensitize the public and impart essential knowledge about reptiles. These endeavors aim to pave the way for a harmonious coexistence between humans and reptiles, ensuring a brighter future for both.

First published on: Sep 14, 2023 09:34 PM IST

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