The Indian Snake Rescuers Network (ISRN), Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) recently organized a two-day regional workshop highlighting the best practices for mitigating human-snake conflict at Manas National Park in Assam.
The workshop – conducted by Dr Abhijit Das, Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Soham Mukherjee from Ahmedabad, Jose Louies, Chief of Wildlife Enforcement and Law, WTI and Abhishek Narayanan, Head of Wild Rescue, WTI – was attended by 20 participants from various districts of Assam, which included individuals, NGO representatives, Forest Department staff and two staff members from the Ecological Task Force (ETF) of the Indian Army based in Kokrajhar.
Abhishek Narayanan of WTI explained that such workshops and constitution of networks will not only improve the situation but also generate a lot of information on the quantum of such rescues being done in Northeast India.
Commenting on the success of the workshop, Dr Bhaskar Choudhury, WTI’s Head Veterinarian (Northeast) and Head of the IFAW-WTI Greater Manas Conservation Project said that the workshop was held with the objective of educating the snake rescuers of the State. He also said that Assam rescuers are better than others in terms of detrimental and unscientific practices while rescuing snakes.