Threatened Eastern Indigo Snakes to Be Released in Conecuh National Forest in Alabama

Threatened Eastern Indigo Snakes to Be Released in Conecuh National Forest in Alabama

The Central Florida Zoo's Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC), in partnership with Auburn University and Zoo Atlanta, will release nine threatened Eastern indigo snakes into Conecuh National Forest in Alabama. Six males and three females will be released as part of an on-going reintroduction project that aims to reestablish the Eastern indigo snake in its native habitat in south Alabama.

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The reintroduction program for the Eastern indigo snake is guided by the Eastern Indigo Snake Reintroduction Committee, comprised of all partners and stakeholders involved in indigo conservation.

Photo: Fred Antonio, OCIC Director, releases and Eastern indigo snake, Conecuh National Forest, Alabama, 2013.

OCIC staff maintains the Eastern Indigo Snake Studbook and manages the Species Survival Plan for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

“All we work for is reflected in these releases. We can only accomplish these critical conservation efforts with the help of solid partnerships throughout the Southeast,” said Fred Antonio, OCIC Director. “This release is the result of collaboration with Auburn University, Central Florida Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, and The Orianne Society. Each facility has worked diligently to do their part in this unique conservation initiative.”

Partners contributing to the Eastern indigo snake initiative have successfully built a comprehensive suite of programs to restore indigo snakes and their habitats

eastern indigo snakeThe team is comprised of dedicated researchers who monitor species occurrence, and work to mitigate factors that cause reptiles and amphibians to decline.

Photo: Eastern indigo snake 

OCIC is a cutting edge conservation facility built specifically for the propagation of the Eastern indigo snake. Since its beginning in 2010 the OCIC has focused on efforts to propagate Eastern indigo snakes for reintroduction into areas in which they no longer occur. In 2014, 67 indigos were hatched, a record for the center.

About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 132 acre, private 501 (c) 3 conservation resource since 1975. With 500 animals and more than 200 species, the Zoo provides the community with experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife.

The Zoo also operates the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation in Eustis, Fl. For more information visit or call 407.323.4450.The Zoo is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

About the Orianne Society - The Orianne Society is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the conservation of rare reptiles and amphibians. To learn more about The Orianne Society, visit their web site at