FERAL: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

About Us

FERAL is a non-profit trust registered at Pondicherry on the 22nd of July 1997 (No.1327/97). We are a Scientifc and Industrial Research Organisation certified by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Minstry of Science and Technology, New Delhi (No.11/493/08-TU-V). Our organisational structure consists of a board of trustees, academic advisors and a management board and is aimed at facilitating independent research while ensuring a high degree of academic quality and accountability. Our key areas of work include wildlife conservation, ecological restoration, natural resource management and capacity building in these areas.

Our objectives are:

  • To monitor development activities in coastal regions and other fragile ecosystems with the intent of identifying ill advised development projects and advancing those which enhance bio-diversity and lead to sustainable development.

  • To train students from India and abroad in field methods important in bio diversity monitoring and sustainable development.

  • To provide education to students by conducting courses on the fundamentals of ecology and ecological diversity, in computer methods in tracking bio-diversity including GIS methods and field courses in sustainable development with local applications.

  • To provide resources and information technology to NGOs, Environmental Groups, Development Agencies and Government organisations on request.

  • To secure the effective use of the legal process by providing training, resources and personnel to advocacy efforts related to conserving or enhancing bio diversity.

  • To create and mobilise public opinion.

  • To mobilise and receive funds to carry out any or all of the above said objectives.

  • To establish and develop and institution/s to help in realising the above mentioned objectives.

Our mandate and mission is:

  • To apply ecological research to solve issues in natural resource management, conservation and advocacy.

  • To impart training in ecological research, field survey techniques and tools.

  • To provide a base and support for researchers.

Joining and Volunteering


We encourage researchers who require institutional support for conducting research that falls within our overall mandate to formally apply to us. The institutional support we provide will include development of research proposal, grant raising, running the project, analysis and dissemination of results.


Students interested in taking up projects for their Master’s dissertations either on campus or at one of our field sites are welcome. We also have a small students fund to support such short term research. Our current focus is the southern Western Ghats with interest on butterflies, birds, amphibians and freshwater fish. Post-graduate students and researchers interested in 3-6 months internships to work on existing datasets, which will require, basic to advance analytical skills and the ability to learn new analytical techniques, can contact us for more details .


Opportunities to participate in the work we do are available from time to time. All our projects are primarily field oriented and provide the space for learning new techniques and getting a taste of field and community related initiatives. If interested do email us a few lines about yourself, what you are interested in and why you would like to be involved.


Support Us

Raising resources to support our work is a major challenge which we are trying to meet by turning to multiple sources of grants and volunteers. Traditionally, we've raised funds from government and non-government donors for specific projects. Now, we hope to sustain some of our longer term initiatives such as the conservation work with local communities and our training programmes, through corporate contributions and support from other foundations and trusts.

FERAL has an u/s. 12A (a) certificate from the Income Tax authorities and a 80G exemption. We also have a FCRA account and are elegible to receive foreign funds for activities within our mandate and objectives.

Please visit our page on how corporates can support us for more details on corporate contributions. For foundations, trusts and individuals who'd like to support our work, please visit the page on how foundations can support FERAL.

Other FERAL Sites

You may be interested in visiting some of our other sites:

  • Our course management site is used to host most of our popular courses. Many of these courses allow free guest access and have tutorials, quizzes and presentations for intersted visitors.<http://www.feral.edu.in>, or <http://www.feralindia.org/moodle>.
  • The <http://feralindia.org/ecoag/>site provides information about eco-certification for rubber and the advantage of ecologically sustainable practices in rubber cultivation, both from an economic as well as a conservation perspective.
FERAL - once wild, runs wild again.