About us

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 harmonizing public with nature.

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Our Team

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Murthy Kantimahanti
Founder President, 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

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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!

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Appanna Saragada
Conservation Biologist

Appana Saragada is a Biologist, snake rescuer and passionate wildlife photographer. He holds a Masters Degree in Botany and has worked for seven years with the forest department as well as zoo authorities in various capacities. His knowledge and field experience on butterflies is exceptional. He is currently working as our field assistant in conservation projects and snakebite mitigation programs.

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Arun Kumar Thyadi
Field Conservationist

Arun Kumar Thyadi is an avid wildlife photographer, snake rescuer and a local wildlife conservationist. He was instrumental as an active member of EGWS in establishing the presence of inland fishing cat populations in the freshwater habitat of Northern Andhra Pradesh. He is currently working as a field assistant and wildlife documentary filmmaker with EGWS. He has done many short films and educational documentaries for the State Forest Department and Vizag Zoo Park as a consultant.

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Kaduru Vimal Raj
Field Programs Coordinator

Vimal Raj is one of the hardcore local explorers who loves to trek around. 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.

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Kavite Sowmya
Education and Outreach Coordinator

Kavite Sowmya is our recent recruit who is an engineer turned conservationist. She helps the team with educational outreach and field surveys. She has always been an outdoor person and through working with EGWS, she understood how important it is to conserve the rich biodiversity around us and mitigate the problems around it. She looks forward to honing her skills in the field of education for conservation.

Conservation efforts

EGWS is leading conversation of biodiversity with the help of our amazing volunteers and support by partners.

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Snake Conservation

Conservation of King Cobras in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh ​

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Fishing Cat Project

Conservation and monitoring of Fishing Cats and their ecosystem ​

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Smooth-Coated Otter

Smooth-coated Otters

Conservation Status Survey of Smooth-coated Otters in the Krishna River Delta

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Vizag Urban Wildlife

​ Threats to urban ecosystems due to rapid urbanisation

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Education and Awareness

Education & Outreach

Educating and raising awareness about Wildlife and Environment

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Rusty-spotted Cat Project

Rusty Spotted Cat

​ Conservation of Rusty-spotted Cats in the North Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh

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Indian Pangolin Conservation Program

Conservation status survey of Indian Pangolin Manis crassicaudata in the Northern Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Venomous snakebites have been declared a major crisis by the World Health Organization, and about half of the snakebite deaths worldwide – nearly 50,000 – occur in India. Venomous and harmless snakes alike are feared and often attacked on sight, provoking more bites. Despite their protected status and ecosystem benefit – including eating other snakes – King cobras are vulnerable to killings and more study is needed about their population in the Eastern Ghats.

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Our partners