Talking Turtles : Turtle Tales

Amukta Mahapatra

Amukta Mahapatra

Amukta ‘Amu’ Mahapatra was introduced to the world of wildlife by her father and his friends, and frequently visited various sanctuaries in South India. To get over her fear of snakes and reptiles, she decided to volunteer at the Madras Snake Park, and after some...
Shekar Dattatri

Shekar Dattatri

Shekar Dattatri was initially a volunteer at the Madras Snake Park in 1976 and soon after, started visiting Sri Lanka where his father was on a four-year assignment with the UN. While backpacking around the country, he became interested in sea turtles (four different...
Preston Ahimaz

Preston Ahimaz

Preston Ahimaz started out as a volunteer in the Madras Snake Park, and was one of Romulus Whitaker’s recruits. Despite having a degree in commerce, he decided to pursue wildlife as a career and was the first coordinator of the WWF office in Chennai, starting with a...
Anne Ahimaz

Anne Ahimaz

Anne Joseph (now Ahimaz) started as a volunteer at the Madras Snake Park in the early 1970s and was eventually noticed by Romulus Whitaker who offered her work there. Her first assignment was putting up signs in the enclosures for the visitors. Slowly, she got used to...
Romulus Whitaker

Romulus Whitaker

Romulus Earl Whitaker is the founder of Madras Snake Park, Irula Cooperative and the Madras Crocodile Bank. A dedicated herpetologist, with a primary interest in snakes and crocodiles, he has been a profound influence on the conservation of reptiles in India. In 1971,...