Herpetologist and conservationist Rom has organised a program at their Karadi Malai Camp

Well-known herpetologist Rom Whitaker and his wife, writer Janaki Lenin in association with The Gerry Martin Project presents a camp The Waterhole at Karadi Malai Camp. Rom and Janaki have reforested 12 acres abutting the Vallam Reserve Forest. However, due to a failed northeast monsoon and an increase in the use of ground water, wild animals have no options to safely hydrate themselves. Rom and Janaki are concerned that the animals may venture into farmlands and cross roads in search of water. To address this, Rom and Janaki are building a waterhole to provide the animals with access to water.

The activities include setting up of the water body; landscape around it to create habitat for small wildlife; camera trapping; search for a perennial water source in the hills; pug mark casting; walk with the Irulas; night explorations for nocturnal life and an interactive session with Rom and Janaki. Potential species include porcupines, small Indian civets, leopards, jungle cats, chameleons, various lesser-known geckos and other reptiles, numerous birds and reptiles.

Up to 18 participants will be taken for the three-day program, from March 21 to March 23. You will be working with a legend in India’s conservation struggle and a public crusader for sustainable and inclusive conservation in Rom and Janaki.

For details call 9483509004 or 9980872975 or mail sumanth@gerrymartin.in

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