The Beginning of The Orianne Society

Chris explains how The Orianne Society started 10 years ago.

January 2018 – Welcome to our 10th Year!

February 2018 – The start of of Orianne: 2008

A New Chapter for the Orianne Society

As I sit here in my office, contemplating the next chapter for the Orianne Society, I remember sitting at a local brewery with a fellow graduate student 15 years ago discussing species conservation. I was amazed that there were so many resources in the world, but so few of them were going towards preventing species […]

Wildlife Action Plan Revision Team

Utah is a truly wild place, with a diversity of landscapes including the Mohave Desert, the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and portions of the Rocky Mountains. Most of these landscapes are in some form of federal ownership with approximately 60% of the state protected as public land. All this protected land provides habitat for […]

31 Indigos Released in Conecuh N.F.

One month ago I was standing below the towering longleaf pines in Conecuh National Forest. In my hands, I had an Indigo Snake. This was not just any Indigo but a very special snake; one of the Indigos that we were releasing to reestablish Indigo Snake populations in Alabama. The species has disappeared from about […]

Reptile and Amphibian Conservation in the Caribbean

I have been lucky enough to travel to the Caribbean Islands on many occasions. Most people spend their time in the Caribbean lying on beautiful beaches and swimming in the warm waters, but I always find myself going for long hikes. I spend time looking for the many species of reptiles and amphibians that call […]

The VSG Visits Arabia

In these hard economic times, many of the “house-hold name” conservation organizations have changed their marketing approach and, often times, their approach to conservation. Many organizations are shifting their focus from species and landscapes to socio-economic topics such as ecosystem services, food security, and poverty. While I realize that people are an incredibly important part […]

Saluting a Dedicated Reptile Conservationist

I recently had the opportunity to communicate with one of the most dedicated reptile conservationists I have ever encountered and I wanted to share his story with you. Zach Whitman is studying Conservation Medicine at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and plans to use his degree to further reptile conservation. […]

Dr. Jenkins Investigates the Snakes of the Pantanal

We quietly floated past hundreds of Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) as we made our way up a small river in the Brazilian Pantanal. Most of the scientists on this expedition were eagerly watching the forest looking for Jaguars (Panthera onca), but I was scanning the shoreline looking for Yellow Anacondas (Eunectes notaeus). I had a […]