Our May edition of Koota is here, with Gowri Shankar speaking about his experiences with King Cobras. Kindly RSVP here - http://bit.ly/koota06 - to confirm your participation.
King Cobras are fascinating. And secretive! And there's one man who works on unearthing these secrets and enhancing our knowledge. Meet Gowri Shankar at Koota this Sunday evening as he talks to us about the longest venomous snake in the world, his experiences of working with international film crews from BBC and National Geographic and his adventures in the wonderful rainforests which the King reigns over.
About Gowri - Gowri Shankar focuses on studying and conserving King Cobras. He is the Founder and Director at Kalinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology, a conservation centre located at Guddekere (near Agumbe) that works on conservation in the Western Ghats through research and education. Apart from rescuing over a hundred King Cobras from distress situations, he has collected vital scientific data which has led to new insights into the life of a King Cobra. He has authored and co-authored 12 scientific papers on king cobras.
He is currently enrolled as a Ph.D candidate at North Orissa University, Odisha, India and was recently awarded a fully paid scholarship as an exchange student at Uppsala University, Sweden. His interest lies in Evolutionary Biology and plans to study the phylogeography of king cobras in the Indian subcontinent.