Mehul Patel

Mehul Patel

Environment Educator & Volunteer Coordinator.

The surprise of discovering a tiny bird sitting on an electric wire, all in solitude, looking sideways, displaying it’s perfect blend of yellow green plumage tapering into a pointed tail, is what I remember as my first ever encounter of feeling a genuine appreciation for nature, surviving and striving to breathe amidst anthropogenic stress. Searching for its nomenclature, I came to know that the little bird, speaking in a literal sense, was called The Bee Eater. That marked my sophomore step into exploring nature, au naturale. The ritualistic family weekend trips to nearby nature spots and the summer trips to exotic places known for its endemic natural heritage of the wild, only increased multifold and added facets to my awe for the environment, that we inhabit and made me realize that there is so much to see around only if we are receptive enough and look.


My propensity towards nature grew even more when Dhaval Patel conducted a reptile education program in our school. Later, I started volunteering with VNC for its various activities and this platform provided ample opportunities for me to work in different field of nature conservation. In 2012, VNC offered me a position as Education Coordinator, which I grabbed instantly. Since then, I have provided nature education to more than one and a half lakh students. I have also had the privilege of training numerous nature enthusiasts in rescue and rehabilitation of wild species, especially reptiles. I am also a part of VNC’s Crocodile research and conservation team. Apart from conducting population and habitat survey, I have initialized outreach activities in villages having crocodiles, where I teach them about muggers and how to co-exist with them.