Our Mission:

In an age where thousands and thousands of wild and domestic species are going in to the oblivion every year, saving the Vechur, the smallest cow in the world, from the brink of extinction, by a conservation programme in the Kerala Agricultural University, was a saga in conservation.

Sosamma Iype, Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics was instrumental in the initiation and conduct of the project. She had the help of a group of motivated students under the leadership of Anil Zachariah .

It was a model of co-operation among academic and voluntary organizations in conservation efforts. The Vechur Conservation Association which was active from the beginning was registered as a public trust in 1998 called the Vechur Conservation Trust, dedicated to the cause of domestic animal diversity conservation.

Vechur Conservation Trust:

The association of students, teachers and public since 1988 and continued through years was transformed as a Vechur conservation trust in 1998 by legally registering it.

Permanent Members of the Board of Trustees:

1. Dr. Sosamma Iype
2. Dr. Anil Zachariah
3. Dr. N. Jayadevan
4. Dr. O. Kuriachan
5. Dr. K.C. Raghavan
6. Dr. Jayan K. C.
7. Dr. Jayan Joseph
8. Dr. R. Thirupathy Venketachalapathy
9. Sri. L. Namassivayan

The Trust shall be a charitable Trust with operation throughout the State of Kerala.


Any person who has attained age of 18 years and who subscribes to the aims and objectives of the Trust and apply to become subscriber of the Trust on being admitted by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall have powers to enhance the subscription rate and re fix the period by majority decision.

Acknowledgements for Vechur Conservation Trust Website:

Photo credits: 
P.K. Uthaman and Sabu Kurien John.
Research Results: 
Kerala Agricultural University.
National Conference on Native livestock breeds and their sustainable use held on September 27 & 28, 2010