Leucistic Bungarus walli rescued by Mithila Wildlife Trust

First record of leucism in Kraits Bungarus walli and B. niger by Mithila Wildlife Trust

It is our immense pleasure to share the news that long awaited article on “First report of leucism for the kraits Bungarus walli Wall, 1907 and B. niger Wall, 1908, with updates on their geographic distribution in Nepal (Serpentes, Elapidae)” has been published by Herpetology Notes. Being the First record of leucism for the Kraits Bungarus walli and B. niger, it is equally important to entire team. Read full article at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344570034.

Snapshot of article on "First report of leucism for the kraits Bungarus walli Wall, 1907 and B. niger Wall, 1908, with updates on their geographic distribution in Nepal (Serpentes, Elapidae)"
Snapshot of article on “First report of leucism for the kraits Bungarus walli Wall, 1907 and B. niger Wall, 1908, with updates on their geographic distribution in Nepal (Serpentes, Elapidae)”

Both snakes were rescued by Mr. Ganesh Sah (also co author to this article). You will be amazed to know that Ganesh Sah connected to Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) when he was in Class-8 in the village school. Awareness raising painting competition in the schools surrounding Dhanushadham Protected Forest connected him with us in 2015. Since then, Ganesh is active in rescue, relocation and rehabilitation of wildlife in Dhanusha district. He has rescued hundreds of reptiles personally and is assisting in day to day activities of MWT. He has keen interest in wildlife photography, birding and research in the field. Being a citizen scientist, he knows a lot about wildlife and is a leading nature guide in the area. MWT team is fond of him being passionate and dedicated towards nature and wildlife conservation since his childhood.

Ganesh Rescuing Bungarus walli with leucism
Ganesh Sah Rescuing Bungarus walli with leucism

The snake was released into natural habitat by Ganesh Sah after capturing images for record.

A huge thanks to Kamal Devkota ji, Mark O Shea and Hinrich Kaisar for shaping the information into article and we all are grateful to Herpetology Notes for publishing our effort.
As always, support of Divisional Forest Office, Dhanusha and staff of Dhanushadham Sub-Division Forest Office, Dhanushadham Protected Forest is always motivating factor for our conservation activities.
Thank you all helping hands!