Through land conservation, research, species monitoring, captive breeding, and reintroduction programs for the eastern indigo snake and striped newt.
One of the cornerstones of our conservation efforts is the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC), a cutting edge conservation facility built specifically for the propagation of the Eastern Indigo Snake.
Opened in January of 2012, and operated by the Central Florida Zoological Society, Inc. since 2014, the OCIC maintains a colony of over 100 indigo snakes for the purpose of reproduction and reintroduction programs.
Since opening the facility in east Lake County, the Center has hatched over 160 indigo snakes, and has released over 100 indigo snakes in Conecuh National Forest in Alabama. In addition, the OCIC has recently been approved to release indigos at an additional site in the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in Florida.
The work taking place at the OCIC facilitates a comprehensive approach to long-term captive breeding programs for indigos and snakes of conservation importance. OCIC is dedicated to all phases of reptile care and conservation. The facility is home to a Health Care Center, Herpetarium, Administrative office, and support facilities. All of the buildings have been constructed to blend into the natural landscape surrounding the center.
You can support OCIC’s conservation efforts through the “Adopt an Indigo” program or by making a donation. Gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law and go directly to the programs at the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation.
$25 helps us monitor fertility and reproductive health in our breeding animals so that we can provide the healthiest offspring for release into the wild.
A $50 donation will allow us to increase numbers of offspring for release into the wild.
A gift of $100 supports monitoring the growth and health of our juveniles as they are reared for wild release.
Help us monitor the Eastern Indigo’s survival in the wild with a contribution of $250.
Ensure the habitat for our snakes is safe and suitable for release and survival with a tax deductible gift of $500. This gift is allows us to monitor gopher tortoise communities of which indigos are strongly allied for use of their burrows as winter dens!
Your gift of $1000 will provide support for vital research to ensure successful reproduction & restoration of their natural environment for future generations.
Your gift, in the amount of your choosing, will have an immediate impact on the programs offered at the OCIC to teach conservation and an appreciation of Florida’s natural wildlife, while promoting public education and tolerance of snakes in our communities.