Vava Suresh with a King Cobra.
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s own snake catcher Vava Suresh has been selected for the Madhavan Pillai Foundation for Conservation award.
The top-rated award in the country for field persons, working for the protection endangered flora and fauna, carries a cash prize of Rs.100, 000.
Vava Suresh has caught and released thousands of snakes, dozens of them king cobras, saving many human lives as well.
He has used his knowledge of snakes to bridge the gap between society and reptiles, feared and hated by many.
Vava says he has caught more than 30,000 snakes in more than two decades and was bitten more than 200 times.
Maneka Gandhi, MP, chairperson of People For Animals, shall hand over the award to Vava Suresh at Sri Mulam Club, here, on Sunday.
Menaka Gandhi will honour Mr Mari, protection watcher from Silent Valley National Park and recipient of the conservation award for 2012.
The award function coincides with the finale of the Green Sign campaign, flagged off by Dr Shashi Tharoor at the Hay fest 2012.
Legislature Secretary P D Sarangadharan will receive three large canvas prints of wildlife images, endorsed with signatures by 101 celebrities from fields of art, literature, cinema, sports, media and management.
Green Canvases will be displayed at the Assembly complex, putting nature in its perspective nature.