SAVING THE ANTIGUAN RACER SNAKE: DISNEY VIDEOThursday 17th July 2014
16th July is World Snake Day and it is also the official release date of the short film that Disney produced about the Antiguan Racer Snake, filmed on Great Bird Island.
Dubbed the ‘world’s rarest snake’ in 1995, when only 50 individuals remained, the Antiguan racer has been making a steady comeback thanks to efforts to eradicate alien invasive species and re-introducing the racers to four islands, with a total area of 63 hectares. A census in 2013 recorded just over 1,000 racers, a twenty-fold increase since conservation efforts began.
This important conservation work was made possible in part through the support of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and the efforts of the Forestry Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, The Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) of Antigua and Barbuda, Fauna & Flora International, and numerous volunteers.
While conservation efforts continue, local organizations are involved in environmental education programs to raise awareness for the species and its habitat.
This film has been produced by Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and directed by Kent Vanderberg of Big Sky Productions. Watch the video below.
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