History

2008 › ESTABLISHMENT
2008

April

TGMP was born as a sole proprietorship to bring all the work that Gerry Martin was doing under one official banner. Its focus was to develop a model that would showcase that Conservation was a viable livelihood. In the beginning, it ran experiential workshops on specific domains such as Herpetology, Bush Skills and Ecology.

2009

This marked the beginning of TGMP’s commitment to support effective conservation and research. We supported the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station with equipment and funds while also assisting in the running of its King Cobra Telemetry Project.

2010

February

Supported and funded a student project on the ecology of the Southern flying lizard (Draco dussumieri) at Agumbe. Much was learned from this study on the species.

2010

February - July

Helped build the education and docent program for the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust. Ran the first Western Ghats Monsoon Trip as a fund-raiser for our work.

2010

April

Ran the first photographic survey of reptiles and amphibians to Talle Valley, Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Felis Creations.

2010

June

Joined the efforts to mitigate conflict between snakes and people and started spearheading the fieldwork of the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust’s research on snake venom and snakebite.

2010

August

Ran the first venom-sampling trip to Arunachal Pradesh at Pakke Tiger Reserve with Romulus Whitaker as part of the ‘Global Snakebite Initiative’s’ snakebite mitigation work.

2011

April

Ran the first expedition to Leporiang, Arunachal Pradesh, looking for Kaulback’s pit viper to assess the ground reality of bite epidemiology from this species.

2011

June

Conducted and ran a research expedition to Kerala, exploring geographic variation in snake venom.

2011

July

Began focused work to establish the geographic variation of venom of Russell’s vipers around India with the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust/ Centre for Herpetology. Our first expedition was to Goa, where we successfully collected venom samples from our target species and other venom snakes.

2011

September

Began training snake and wildlife rescuers in safe and efficient handling and rescue methods as a free service.

2011

November

Began working with schools, conducting camps and workshops with the intention of sensitizing children to Nature while helping them build field skills in ecology and outdoor survival. Sponsored thirty economically under-privileged children to attend these camps.

2012

February

Sponsored and helped set up the ‘Café Scientifique’ talks in Bangalore with a view to bring science to everyone.

2012

March

Sponsored, coordinated and ran a project that took experienced doctors from Kerala to Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, to treat Government hospital and Primary Healthcare Centers in the herpetological and medical aspects of snakebite management and treatment.

2012

June

Part sponsored the publication of ‘Current Conservation’, a magazine focused on Indian Conservation Biology.

2012

September

Part sponsored the Students’ Conference on Conservation Science.

2012

October

Trained Forest Department staff in snake handling, conflict mitigation and snakebite first aid in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
Funded equipment for Bachelors’ and Masters’ level students to help them in their fieldwork and research.

2013

March and October

Funded and supported the development of infrastructure and school transformation in the Telia Government School at Telia, Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh. We set up their playground, an obstacle course, a biogas unit (to cook their mid day meal) and a carpentry shed and tools for them to build and repair their own furniture.

2013

July

Trained Forest Department staff in snake identification, conflict management and snakebite first aid at Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.

2013

October

Began concertedly training snake rescuers around the country and equipping them with the right tools to work safely as a free service.

2014

Began setting up our field station. The field station will work on community involved conservation and research. They are also providing training and new livelihood avenues for members of the local community to earn a living through sustainable eco-tourism to keep them away from poaching and other environmentally damaging practices. We are working with the local government schools in both locations as well.

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