On Reptile Awareness Day, we're showcasing efforts to bring the Critically Endangered Antiguan racer - possibly the world's rarest snake - back from the brink of extinction.
With support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) through our investment in the Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspot, the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) worked to eradicate invasive species from the Offshore Islands key biodiversity area in Antigua and Barbuda. This area includes Green Island, where the largest population of Antiguan racers in the world can be found.
Since 2011, the Antiguan racer population has increased by about 20 percent, to 1020 snakes. Natalya Lawrence from EAG describes the connection between removing invasive species to recovering the country's wildlife and boosting nature-based tourism in this interview.
Interview with Natalya Lawrence, coordinator of the Offshore Islands Conservation Programme of the Environmental Awareness Group