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When animals aren't so cuddly | Sankar Ananthanarayanan | TEDxPickeringStreet

By Sankar Ananthanarayanan

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When you think of Wildlife Conservation, what do you picture? Maybe you imagine a Snow Leopard pacing around the Himalayas. Or perhaps you imagine a Giant Panda munching on some bamboo. Not a lot of people would think of an endangered toad or fly! Charismatic megafauna often get a large portion of public attention. When people who are used to an urban lifestyle encounter animals that they consider to be uncharismatic, they often react with fear and violence. But when you take a closer look at these misunderstood creatures, their hidden beauty becomes apparent! How can we overcome the irrational stigma against these perhaps less cuddly creatures? Sankar is a herpetology enthusiast. He is one of the co-founders of the Herpetological Society of Singapore (HSS). The HSS is a group of herpetology enthusiasts who are passionate about educating the Singaporean public about the reptiles and amphibians that we share this island with. The HSS leads free public guided walks on a monthly basis. Sankar is entering his final year at NUS, where he studies Environmental Biology. 


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2018
Publisher TedX Talks
Size/Length 18:26
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Herpetology
  3. human-wildlife interactions
  4. open access
  5. Reptiles
  6. Singapore
  7. Snakes
  8. Wild animals
  1. open access