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The Antiguan Racer Conservation Project is named after the world's rarest snake (see Very Important Serpent).
By the time the project started in 1995, there were only about 50 Antiguan racers left on the planet.

What is its mission?
'To conserve the critically endangered Antiguan racer snake Alsophis antiguae and other indigenous flora and fauna of the offshore islands of Antigua & Barbuda.'

SOS - Save Our Snake
How did the project start?
After the snake was rediscovered on Great Bird Island (see Raiders of the Lost Snake), the Antiguan Forestry Unit gave permission for a six-week survey in 1995. The results of this survey, which showed that the racer was in big trouble, led to the immediate formation of the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project.

The project can only succeed
if people work together

Who is involved?
The project operates as a partnership between six national and international organisations (see Heroes).

How does it work?
The project uses an integrated approach that combines biological research, public awareness, skills transfer, ecological restoration, re-introduction, conservation breeding and habitat management.

What does all that mean?
In other words, saving one of the world's rarest snakes is a complicated business, made up of many different activities.
To find out more, see Jigsaw Puzzle.
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