Eastern Ghats Wildlife Society (EGWS) is a non-profit organisation which promotes community-based wildlife conservation in the Eastern Ghats region of South India through education, conservation-oriented research, public participation, institutional capacity building and sustainable development. It is registered under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 2001 with a vision to conserve the biodiversity of  Eastern Ghats through harmonising public with nature.

Our key work areas include

  • Wildlife and biodiversity surveys

  • Wildlife conservation education and public awareness programs

  • Facilitate citizen science projects to encourage a participatory approach for conservation

  • Human-wildlife conflict management

  • Engage local communities in the protection of wild habitats

  • Create a win-win setting for both people and wildlife to ensure the long-term survival of flora and fauna of Eastern Ghats.

TEAM

Murthy Kanthimahanti

Founder EGWS

Murthy Kantimahanti is the founder and lead conservation biologist for the Eastern Ghats Wildlife Society (EGWS). He founded the non-profit with an aim to protect the lesser-known and neglected wildlife of the Eastern Ghats landscape in South India. Murthy is an alumnus of Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders, which is a collaborative project between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Defenders of Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Network, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and White Oak Conservation Center, designed to build capacity for international conservation of wildlife within existing conservation organisations and entities.

Venkat - Field Assistant
Venkat is an integral part of our team. Not only does he help to conduct outreach programmes and to set up information boards in villages, he is a prolific snake rescuer. He’s been rescuing snakes from people’s homes and farmlands, and releasing them back into the wild.
He might be an auto-driver by profession but he’s most certainly a snake rescuer by passion!
Emely Das - Outreach Coordinator
Growing up in a metropolitan city, she never got the chance to see the beauty of ‘the wild', so when the opportunity to work with wildlife for EGWS came her way, she leapt at it. This felt like her calling! Since working for EGWS, she has developed a new-found love for snakes and claims that overcoming the fear of snakes has been one of her biggest achievements so far. Her favourite snake is the Green Vine snake. She helps the team with being an education and outreach coordinator.
Vimal Raj - Events Coordinator
Vimal is one of the hardcore local explorers who loves to trek around and travel day in and day out. Since getting involved with EGWS, he has understood that sustainable travelling and wildlife conservation go hand in hand. He helps the team generate funds through creative events with his entrepreneurial experience and also handles the tech work.
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Local collaborators for EGWS

  • Department of Environmental Sciences, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam

  • Andhra Pradesh Forest Department

  • Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Centre for Herpetology, Chennai

  • Samata, Non-government Organisation, Visakhapatnam

  • Rotary Club International, Visakhapatnam

  • Sri Prakash Schools, Visakhapatnam

External Advisors for EGWS

1. Dr. P Raja Sekhar, Professor, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.

2. Mr. Sohan Hatangadi, Environmentalist, Visakhapatnam.

3. Mr. Khaleelullah, Retired Forest Officer, Nellore, A.P.

4. Dr.Jim Sanderson, Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation, USA.

5. Ms. Devan Sewell, Wild Oasis, Cypress, Texas. USA.

6. Ms. Nilanga Jayasinghe, Programme Officer, WWF-USA

7. Dr. Jennifer Sevin, Virginia Tech University, USA

8. Dr. Peter Mahoney, University of Utah, USA.

9. Mr. Michael Starkey, Save the Frogs, USA.

10.Laura Gruber, White Oak Conservation Centre, USA.

International Supporting Organizations

  • Houston Zoo, USA

  • Sea World Busch Gardens, USA

  • Brevard Zoo, USA

  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo, USA

  • Zoos & Aquariums Committed to Conservation

  • Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation, California, USA.

  • Wildlife Conservation Network, San Francisco, USA.

  • Wild Oasis, Texas, USA.  Cameras for Conservation, USA

  • The Pollination Project, California, USA

  • Idea Wild, USA

  • The Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation, UK

  • Wildlife Conservation Trust, India

  • Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Abu Dhabi

  • Global Wildlife Conservation, USA

Emely Das - Outreach Coordinator

Growing up in a metropolitan city, she never got the chance to see the beauty of ‘the wild', so when the opportunity to work with wildlife for EGWS came her way, she leapt at it. This felt like her calling! Since working for EGWS, she has developed a new-found love for snakes and claims that overcoming the fear of snakes has been one of her biggest achievements so far. Her favourite snake is the Green Vine snake. She helps the team with being an education and outreach coordinator.