Today’s episode officially marks the beginning of our very own Women in Conservation Science series! In this episode, we are sitting down with Hiral Naik, African Program Manager for Save the Snakes, and a PhD student at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Hiral and I have a fantastic conversation discussing what it was like for her to move to multiple countries in her formative years, why she decided to study ecology and genetics, how she discovered her love of snakes, the conservation status of snakes globally and in South Africa, how anti-venom works, snake bites as a tropical disease, and how we all can make the lives of snakes a little bit easier.
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