Central Florida Zoo Releases Threatened Species into Conecuh National Forest

Alabama’s Conecuh National Forest now has 25 new residents—non-venomous eastern indigo snakes, that is.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC) released the snakes on June 25 as part of its efforts to reintroduce the threatened species to its native territory. The latest release brings the organization’s tally to 227 snakes reintroduced in the Conecuh National Forest.

Dr. Bogan of the OCIC releases an eastern indigo snake on June 25, 2022.

“The eastern indigo snake is known as the emperor of the forest,” said Dr. James Bogan, director of the OCIC. “We love knowing that these latest snakes now have the opportunity to take that title, and we’re proud that we have been able to restore essential balance to this important ecosystem through our work over the years.”

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