Speaking Engagements

Communities That Save Cobras: Current issues facing snakes world-wide and the people who work to save them

Feared and misunderstood by many, snakes are truly secretive animals. While snakes may seem mysterious, they play a vital role in maintaining balance in the ecosystem and their fascinating behavior might actually surprise you! Yet, from indiscriminate persecution to habitat destruction, snake species around the globe are under threat of extinction. So, why are snakes important? Do we really need to save the snakes? Save The Snakes Co-Founder and Executive Director Michael Starkey takes you on a journey around the world to introduce you to some incredible snake species and the dedicated individuals who are working to save them from harm. He also dispels the myths that surround snakes, explains how snake species are under threat of extinction and informs the audience about how we as a society can learn to live with, and to even love, these amazing reptiles. Founded in 2017, Save The Snakes is a nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to snake conservation and human-snake conflict mitigation. Our mission is to protect threatened snake populations around the world through habitat preservation, education and community outreach to create a harmonious relationship between humans and snakes. The presentation features many of Mr. Starkey’s photos of snakes from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation.

Generally I like to give a PowerPoint presentation that runs between 45-60 minutes. At our talks we like to have a table set up where before and after the presentation, we can offer the audience relevant educational materials, and sell eco-friendly merchandise to help fund our efforts. As my time and funds are a limited resource, the cost of this presentation can be negotiated upon interest.

Please contact me for questions, bookings, or if you require any more information. Thank you for your time and I greatly look forward to hearing your response.


“Thank you for the presentation. I think the girls really enjoyed it. Your slide show was great, and you are off the charts with enthusiasm. “
-Teacher, Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco, CA

“Hi Mr. Starkey,
Thank you so much for presenting at our school! Your presentation was very accessible to all of our students, and information was supported with excellent visuals. Our students can be challenging to engage, but you held their attention the whole time!”
-Teacher at Visitacion Valley Middle School, San Francisco, CA

“I thought his presentation to all grade levels was very appropriate and educational, his speaking style was engaging, and the PowerPoint presentation was also very appropriate. I truly think he did a fabulous job with each group.”
– Teacher, Ranch Elementary School, Sacramento, CA

“Michael…thank you. Your passion and what you are trying to do is infectious and so refreshing. It’s also great for kids to see that scientists are humans with curiosity, not only someone in a lab wearing a white cost. Thanks again for a thoughtful and informative presentation.”
-Teacher, 3rd grade, San Francisco, CA

“Thanks so much for coming out to speak to us, and for putting on such an enthusiastic performance. Your dedication shows, and your imagery was fantastic!”
-Rattlesnake Biologist, Tucson Herpetological Society

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How do you inspire the next generation to care about conservation?

Through education and passion.