Zoo Outreach Organization &
Wildlife Information Liaison Development


Rodentia, Insectivora & Scandentia Conservation and Information
Network of South Asia

RISCINSA, the Rodentia, Insectivora & Scandentia Conservation and Information Network of South Asia was suggested by interested biodiversity conservation specialists and is being implemented by a group of small organizations and networks based in India but covering all the countries of South Asia, including Afghanistan.

RISCINSA represents the relevant specialist groups of IUCN SSC by forwarding the names of specialists, information which may be of interest to IUCN, organizing workshops with SG Chairs as participants and resource persons, etc.

The purpose of this network, then is to link together rodent field researchers and their field knowledge throughout South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan) so the pooling of information can lead to conservation action. Some things RISCINSA is doing are listed below:

To encourage and promote the study of non-volant (non-flying) small mammals (rodents, insectivores, tree shrews, etc,) by organizing and running a network of all specialists, providing them useful services.

To maintain a check list and database -- as complete and correct as possible -- of rodents and insectivores of South Asia providing local, national and regional information to be shared with important national and international agencies and organisations.

to view the most current checklist of these small mammals Click here

To catalyse, organize, conduct and follow-up conservation assessment and other workshops and training exercises for rodent specialists of South Asia and public education projects as appropriate, nationally or regionally.

to view a report on the Small Mammal CAMP from ZOOS' PRINT Click here

to view a summary report on the Small Mammal CAMP Click here

To establish world wide network of people concerned with, or involved in rodents, etc. conservation.

To follow up such workshops with recommendations to local, state, national and regional wildlife authorities for protection for threatened species of rodents, etc. and promotion of further studies of Data Deficient species.

To undertake a set of specific "tasks" utilising the information from the workshops to further enhance our knowledge of non-volant small mammal status in South Asia

To research and disseminate information about funding sources for field surveys

To bring out a newsletter of current non-volant mammals conservation, research, education news (several issues have been brought out and can be found on our website

to find our current newsletter "Small Mammal Mail" Click here

To prepare a Directory of rodent and insectivore specialists of South Asia for distribution to all network members;

to see the Directory of RISCINSA Members Click here

To prepare educational at different levels on rodents, etc. for conveying to policy makers, politicians, and the public - all ages and languages. Much material is on hand with us.

Involve researchers in public education on Rodents by providing printed material, and guidelines. This is going on throughout South Asia now. Even very high-level researchers organise programmes for school kids.

to see our beautiful (but exhausted) Bat and Rat poster Click here

Click on these links below to view the Reports of some of these training workshops

Small Mammal Field Techniques Training, Thrissur, Kerala, November 2011

Training in Field techniques for Small mammals, Bhutan, September 2009

Bat Taxonomy and Echolocation workshop for Researchers at M.K.U., August 2009


Training in Field Techniques for survey of Volant and Non-Volant Small Mammals Conservation workshop at Nepal, June 2007


Training in Field Techniques for survey of Volant and Non-Volant Small Mammals Conservation workshop at Sri Lanka, November 2005


Report on training in Field techniques on population and distribution studies, Conservation Management and Public Education of Bats and Rodents at Bangladesh - 2005


Report on Field Techniques for Chiroptera & Rodentia and Zoo Management Training - 2004


CBSG / RSG Training Workshop on Reintroduction, Conservation Welfare, and Conservation Breeding with Special Emphasis on Non-Volant Small Mammals


Report on Training in Field Techniques and Taxonomy for Conservation of Rodents and Insectivores - 2002

The role of Zoo Outreach Organization, which runs this network is administrative and coordinating. We take on this task of administration and coordination so that researchers and scientists who do not have time or (often) infrastructure for this type of work can be free for their field studies.

Instead of six people who study rodentia etcetera we now have more than sixty in several countries. We have organized training workshops on non-volant small mammals in several countries.

Now, instead of having only bat or only rodent training workshops, we have combined them so that researchers can learn to conduct studies on both groups of mammals in a single field trip.

The combined group of Volant and non-volant small mammals (bats 'n' rats) make up as much as 70% of mammals in some countries !

If you are interested in our network, send us your c.v. via email and we will send you appropriate materials via email.

Our best to rats and their fans,
Dr. Sujit Chakraborty, Scientific Chair, RISCINSA
Dr. Mike Jordan, External Advisor and Trainer, RISCINSA
Sally Walker, Convenor, RISCINSA