Adopt a racer today, and you will help save one of the world's rarest snakes.
A gentle and unique snake, your support could help ensure a future for these Critically Endangered animals.
Antiguan racers used to live all over Antigua and Barbuda, but today they can be seen on only on a few of Antigua’s offshore islets. Racers are seriously threatened by non-native rats and mongooses. Despite being protected by law, people sometimes kill the snakes and destroy their dry forest habitat.
Watch this video to find out more about our work with the Antiguan racer.
Conservationists have already responded to the call to save these snakes, and numbers have been increased from just 50 to over 1,100. But we cannot stop there - we need long term support if we are to ensure their survival. That's why we're asking for people who love the Caribbean and it's animals to make a donation of at least $30 to sponsor the conservation of a racer for a year.
The Antiguan racers are small snakes, rarely more than one metre or 3 feet in length. They pose no threat to people and are very reluctant to bite even when provoked. They feed on lizards, which they catch by lying in ambush. Despite their name, Antiguan racers are rather slow and in most cases the lizard gets away.
Fortunately, the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) and our partners are working hard to look after our wildlife. Thanks to our conservation efforts, such as removing rats and mongooses, the number of Antiguan racers has increased since 1995. Antiguan racers have even become a tourist attraction, and we are proud to show them to nature-loving visitors.
Your adoption could help us carry out our action plan to ensure a future for the racers, including:
Please sponsor a racer today - you support could make a difference to the future of this species.
- Protect and restore Antigua’s offshore islands as safe havens for the racers and other species
- Engage and inspire young Antiguans and Barbudans to take an interest in the natural world
- Monitor the Antiguan racer population to help detect any new and emerging threats.
What you will receive in an adoption pack:
- A Certificate of Adoption
- A postcard from Antigua of your chosen animal
- A biannual e-newsletter containing updates on the racers.