Romulus Whitaker holding a Russell Viper among Irula tribal members (Photo: Janaki Lenin)
When human and venomous snake habitats connect, the results are often lethal. Snakebites, according to acclaimed herpetologist Romulus Whitaker, have become a complex problem, earning the designation of a Category A “Neglected Tropical Disease” from the World Health Organization.
Whitaker, who lives in India, has been recognized for his many herpetological and conservation endeavors, including founding India’s Madras Crocodile Bank. He won an Emmy Award for his 1996 National Geographic documentary, King Cobra, about the world’s largest venomous snake. Also, he received a Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2008 for establishing 2 field stations in the rainforests of South India and the Andaman Islands.
Join him for a fascinating discussion about his work on snakebite mitigation, India’s iconic snakes, and his ongoing efforts to preserve reptile habitats. Little wonder a species of Indian boa, Eryx whitakeri, was named in his honor.
View a Ted Talk featuring Romulus Whitaker.