Murthy Kantimahanthi

Save The Snakes India Program Director, Co-Foundersts-snake-workshop-2

Murthy Kantimahanti is a conservation biologist working with the Eastern Ghats Wildlife Society for community-based conservation of endangered species in the Eastern Ghats hill ranges and coastal areas of South India. He holds a masters degree in zoology and has been actively involved in organizing diverse programs to raise awareness on wildlife conservation to varied target groups. Murthy holds a Masters in Zoology from Andhra University in Visakhapatnam. Murthy works closely with communities throughout the Eastern Ghats, especially outside the protected areas where human-wildlife conflict occurs, monitoring wildlife and providing education and intervention strategies. In many areas, he trains volunteers and employs part-time research assistants, building capacity among local communities to become empowered stakeholders in the conservation of their wildlife. Murthy has also made presentations about his conservation work throughout India, Asia, and has been a guest presenter at multiple zoos in the USA. He also successfully conceptualized and designed wildlife education/interpretation centers across India in over 15 different wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and zoos as a wildlife consultant.

Contact Murthy here: murthykln@savethesnakes.org

Michael G. Starkey

Save The Snakes Executive Director, Co-Founder
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Michael G. Starkey is a biologist, activist, ecological consultant, and public speaker working to educate and involve the public in animal rights and wildlife conservation issues. Mr. Starkey has a diverse background in the field of wildlife conservation and he has worked as an ecological consultant for environmental consulting firms and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. He has worked with a wide diversity of California wildlife, including San Francisco gartersnakes, giant gartersnakes, California tiger salamanders, bats, ringtails and Yucatán black howler monkeys. Mr. Starkey worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, studying larval development and parental behavior of the neo- tropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum. He is also the International Campaigns Coordinator of SAVE THE FROGS!, working to increase and expand our society’s role in amphibian conservation. Mr. Starkey is a co-founder of Save The Snakes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to snake conservation. He uses his knowledge of snake ecology, positive attitude to inspire, and enthusiasm for snake conservation to engage the public with protecting these beautiful animals. Mr. Starkey has given presentations around the world to inform the public about the threats facing wildlife and to help nurture a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Mr. Starkey currently lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Contact Michael here: Starkey@savethesnakes.org

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