India is rich with biodiversity and natural heritage and I like to exploring interior untouched forests.

India is rich with biodiversity and natural heritage and I like to exploring interior untouched forests.

Gnaneswar Chandrasekharuni

I’m Gnaneswar and I’m from India, a country with rich-diversity and natural heritage. I have just graduated in wildlife biology and I am now working at the Centre For Herpetology/Madras Crocodile Bank Trust as an Assistant Coordinator. Since a kid, snakes fascinated me and my current work lets me work towards reducing snakebite conflict, a most pressing human-animal conflict issue that is claiming the lives of both humans and snakes.

For the past 8 years I have been engaged in various conservation activities, from participating in rallies to leading nature education tours. Like many other early career conservationists, I had to face a lot of challenges in this journey to conserve wildlife. But, being out in nature has always helped me find ways to overcome these challenges and become a better person altogether. With a keen interest on tackling illegal trade, I am aiming to work in the field of wildlife crime control in the future. Y4WC and CITES CoP will be the platform for me to network with like minded people and to learn and share experiences.