Six years ago, Save The Snakes was founded with a snake conservation vision. We believed that if Save The Snakes could support wildlife conservationists to mitigate human-snake conflict in their own communities, then they could lay the groundwork to protect threatened snake populations in their part of the world. To do this, we implemented the Save The Snakes Support Grant Program.
The purpose of a Save The Snakes Support Grant is to empower passionate, committed people with an early-stage snake conservation vision. We fund individuals, small organizations and community groups that focus on community-based conservation strategies to protect threatened snake populations and mitigate human-snake conflict.
In 2023, Save The Snakes received a large number of proposals for projects from around the world. We are proud to award Support Grants to three incredible snake conservationists: María Elena Barragán-Paladines, Fredrick Ojija, and Tharanga Dasanayake.
Learn more about their important projects:
María Elena Barragán-Paladines – “Preliminary conservation status assessment of the Bushmaster Lachesis acrochorda, in the Chocoan region of Ecuador“
María Elena’s project aims to collect data of the Chocoan Bushmaster and to promote education and conservation efforts in Ecuador.
Fredrick Ojija – “Protecting the endangered Tanzanian Matilda’s Horned Viper“
Fredrick’s project seeks to research and protect the critically endangered Matilda’s horned viper and reduce human-snake conflict in Tanzania.
Tharanga Dasanayake – “Habitat Utilization and Phylogeography of Sri Lankan Green Pit Viper in three climate zones of Sri Lanka”
Tharanga’s project aims to preserve an endemic green pit viper population and its habitat and to promote conservation awareness among students in Sri Lanka.
We wish these recipients success in their projects and support their efforts for snake conservation and education.
Make The Difference For Our Snake Saving Grantees
Since 2018, Save The Snakes has received 146 grant proposals from dedicated individuals working on snake conservation or snakebite mitigation projects in 32 countries. Of these important projects, we have been able to financially support 21 projects in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Zambia.
Save The Snakes Support Grants are made possible because of the generosity of compassionate people and organizations who are inspired and dedicated to protect threatened snake populations and mitigate human-snake conflict around the world. Your charitable, tax-deductible donation, makes initiatives like the Support Grants Program possible. Please donate today and we appreciate your support of Save The Snakes. We would like to send our most heartfelt thanks to Dustin Howland for supporting the 2023 Save The Snakes Support Grants Program.
Featured image of Craspedocephalus trigonocephalus provided by Tharanga Dasanayake.