A community of career conservationists to lead the world into restoring wildlife.

Course in Action

12 October 2021

The Ram Hattikudur Advanced Training in Conservation (RHATC) Course begins at Zoo Outreach Organization. 10 Fellows, 4 months, young leaders, conservation careers. In honour of Sally R. Walker on her 78th birthday and in memory of Ram Hattikudur, this in-house programme started off with an introduction to Ram's life and a brief history of Sally's contributions to wildlife conservation by Sanjay Molur, whose dream of 25 years comes to life.

Celebrating Sally Walker by launching the first batch of the 4-month advanced training in conservation course. Our fellows learning about her wonderful adventurous life in wildlife conservation.


© Payal Molur


  • A four-month integrated course.

  • Three months residential in-house training.

  • One month practical field-based challenges.

  • Residential course based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

  • Fully or partially funded fellows.

  • Bridging academics and conservation realities.


  • Principles of conservation biology.

  • Conservation ethics

  • Tools and techniques in conservation.

  • National and international conservation policies.

  • Dynamics of conservation GOs & NGOs.

  • Systematic education & outreach techniques.

  • Prioritising conservation actions.

  • Scientific and popular communication skills.

  • Fund-raising and associated skills.

  • Skill sets for a startup.



  • Resolve a conservation challenge.

  • Develop skill sets in assessments and planning.

  • Exposure to real-time conservation needs.

  • A window into conservation NGOs.

  • Potential opportunities for internship.

  • Potential job opportunities with
    conservation organizations.

  • Pursuing conservation careers

  • Potential to start your own organization.

  • Exposure to experts in the field.

  • Develop leadership skills.


The SWCF & 3C Programme


Sally Walker, the founder of Zoo Outreach Organization, was a visionary and influencer in the field of zoos and wildlife conservation.  Her contributions led to many radical changes to the way zoos are looked at. Her works on the good zoo - bad zoo partnership established guidelines the world over through the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Sally worked tirelessly to promote wildlife conservation in the field establishing various taxonomic networks, assessing multiple species & ecosystems, and developing plans. Sally’s contributions impacted the way education and outreach was looked at.  She developed unique styles of communicating science for conservation and her legacy is still carried forward in varied programs in scientific publications, citizen science, human-wildlife coexistence, zoos, among others. She was an inspiration to the world, and promoted young talent constantly by providing facilities, support, and building capacity.

In honoring and carrying out Sally’s vision, Zoo Outreach Organization has established the Sally Walker Conservation Fund. ZOO seeks your help and contribution to this Conservation Fund to continue her legacy.

If you would like to contribute to our capacity programmes click here

To know more about Zooreach's history in building capacity click here.