Sankar is currently a Final Year student of Life Sciences (Environmental Biology) at the National University of Singapore.
He is also the co-founder of the Herpetological Society of Singapore (HSS). The HSS is made up of a group of volunteers who are passionate about the conservation and study of reptiles and amphibians in Singapore.
At the HSS, Sankar trains volunteers to become effective nature guides, surveyors and naturalists. He also regularly conducts free guided walks for the public around nature spaces in Singapore such as Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, MacRitchie TreeTop Walk, Pasir Ris Mangrove once a month. On these walks, reptiles and amphibians that are normally missed by casual visitors are highlighted as the HSS hopes to dispel fears of these animals and promote a culture of respect for nature in Singapore.
Sankar has also done fieldwork in Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Yala Nature Reserve, Sri Lanka as he believes that rigorous ecological work is vital to making informed conservation recommendations.
For his outstanding leadership and contributions to the environment, Sankar Ananthanarayanan is awarded the 2018 HSBC/NYAA Youth Environmental Award (Merit).
Sankar Ananthanarayanan M, 23
National University of Singapore