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Gerard Martin

Gerard Martin

WILDLIFE SERVICE AWARD: Gerard Martin’s experiential outdoor learning programmes are helping children and adults connect with nature to understand it better. He is also helping to build greater awareness on snakebite treatment and prevention. Photograph by: Ramnath Chandrashekhar.

Month Year: December 2011

Wildlife Service Award

Herp afficionado, wildlife rescuer and educator

Founder and Director of the Gerry Martin Project, he is celebrated for his unique work with children across India. A childhood spent rescuing snakes and walking through forests led him to join the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust where he worked closely with the legendary Romulus Whitaker. In 2000, Martin became the first Indian Adventurer for the National Geographic Channel and worked with them in India until 2003, after which he joined hands with iDiscoveri Education. His mission now is to help urban dwellers connect with wildlife issues far removed from their daily lives. The ambitious programme he has launched involves a snakebite initiative that relies upon a network of the finest herpetologists in India. From animal identification to wild animal rescues and photography ventures, Gerard Martin’s contribution to nature education and conservation has been monumental.

For this we honour him.

First published in: Sanctuary Asia, Vol XXXI No. 6, December 2011.

 
 
 

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