Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Round Island boa returned to native habitat for first time in 150 years

Second population of critically Endangered snake created
October 2012. A group of Round Island boas are being reintroduced to one of their original habitats on another Mauritian island for the first time since the 1860s.
This historical step in a long-standing programme by Durrell and its partners to protect the threatened species from extinction will see up to 60 of the snakes released on an island, which is a closed nature reserve and one on which a huge amount of work has been carried out to restore the natural ecosystem.
Establishing a second population
It is the first time that snakes have been relocated for conservation purposes within the region and once established, the second population should give the Round Island boa - which for over 150 years has been restricted to the Island it is named after - a much better long-term chance of survival.
Just 1000 left in the wild
The wild boas, which number about 1,000 in total, are currently being collected by hand by a specialist team of conservationists. Once the snakes have undergone a health check, their release onto their new island home is due to take place between 15th October and 1st November 2012.

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