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Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS)
Agumbe situated 560 meters above sea level on the Sahyadri ranges (Western Ghats), a World bio-diversity hotspot is aptly called the Cherapunji of South India as it receives an average rainfall of 7000-8000mm annually. However not many know that these pristine forests are home to the longest venomous snake of the world - The King Cobra. Romulus Whitaker, the Snake Man of India fell in love with this place 35 years back where he caught his first King Cobra. After setting up the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT- 1976) and Andaman and Nicobar Island Environmental Team (ANET- 1983) he returned back to Agumbe to setup the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station.
The main objective of ARRS is to study and conserve the rainforests of south India. Using the King Cobra as the flagship species ARRS attempts to establish the world's first King Cobra Sanctuary at Agumbe.