The most relevant reptile conservation programs are currently taking place in India, where species are very vulnerable and need strong preservation support.
Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is an organization establishes in the seventies so ensure the breeding and preservation of three crocodile species present in India (Crocoylus palustris, Crocodylus porosus and Gavialis gangeticus). The original idea was to create a genetic bank to preserve and provide resources to reproduce these species in order to repopulate their habitat. In addition, MCBT Works in the following conservation programs:
Cooperative Society of Snake Collectors
Human Crocodile conflict study
Sea turtle conservation program in Indian coastlines
Conservation of the King Cobra
The main threat faced by reptiles in India are poaching practices that have been present in the areas where they live since the mid-twentieth century. In the seventies, as the MCBT was created, most of the animals they protect today were already extinct.
The collaboration between the Parques Reunidos Foundation and the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) focuses on:
Spreading the word about the current discussion surrounding the threats that different reptile species are facing in India through environmental education programs and by raising awareness among the parks’ visitors.
Devoting a fraction of the revenue from the crocodile interactions at Faunia to make a financial contribution to the MCBT programs.