The Orianne Society has three focal Initiatives in North America but also works on a series of projects around the world. These projects often involve working with partners that have a long-term commitment to the program and involve Orianne becoming involved to help on one particular component of the overall program. Our projects are focused on critical issues in reptile and amphibian conservation, designed to be synergistic with existing or developing efforts, and are global in scope.

Viper Specialist Group

Viper Specialist Group

The Orianne Society founded and plays a leadership role in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Viper Specialist Group.

Identifying Global Viper Conservation Priorities

Identifying Global Viper Conservation Priorities

The Orianne Society worked with partners to publish the first global prioritization for viper species in a special edition of Biological Conservation.

Photo: Chris Jenkins

Bangladesh Python Project

Bangladesh Python Project

With support from The Orianne Society, the Bangladesh Python Project was established to conduct research and promote conservation of reptiles in Bangladesh. To learn more visit: http://conservationalliance.org/

Energy Development & Midget Faded Rattlesnakes

Energy Development and Midget Faded Rattlesnakes

The Orianne Society works with partners in Colorado and Wyoming to determine the impacts of energy develop on rattlesnakes and to guide future development plans.

Photo: Josh Parker

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Orianne Society works closely with the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) on conservation efforts including activities such as serving on planning meetings, running campaigns (e.g., Year of the Snake), and hosting workshops. 

Bushmaster Ecology and Conservation

Bushmaster Ecology and Conservation

The Orianne Society works with Partners in Central and South America to understand the distribution and ecology of Bushmasters.

Photo: Steve Spear

Connectivity & Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes

Connectivity and Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes

The Orianne Society works with partners in Washington to identify movement corridors for Northern pacific Rattlesnakes across the state.

Photo: James Rosindell

Population Ecology of Great Basin Rattlesnakes

Population Ecology of Great Basin Rattlesnakes

The Orianne staff work with one of the largest rattlesnake data sets in the world to study the population ecology of Great Basin Rattlesnakes.

Photo: Chris Jenkins

Indian Ocean Tortoise Alliance

Indian Ocean Tortoise Alliance

The Indian Ocean region is home to most of the giant tortoises in the world. The Orianne Society is working with Turtle Conservancy and other partners to develop an Indian Ocean wide effort to rewild and conserve these rare tortoises.

Photo: Chris Jenkins

Priority Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Areas

Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas

PARCAs are analogous to Important Bird Areas. The Orianne Society created the first series of PARCAs for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama.

Photo: Pete Oxford