Viper SG – new

Rattlesnake conservation plan will be group’s first project The Viper Specialist Group was formed in February this year with Christopher L. Jenkins of The Orianne Society ( as its chair. Invitation letters are being sent to potential members. Working with a staff member from the Atlanta Botanical Garden (Mark Mandica), the group has created a logo and is now working on its website. As a key initiative for the Viper Specialist Group, Project Orianne is developing an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Conservation Program and supporting a graduate student at the University of Georgia, who will study the rattlesnake’s ecology, as well as coordinate the development of a Conservation Action Plan for the species. An initial meeting of the group is scheduled to take place later this year in Europe. Christopher L. Jenkins Chair, Viper Specialist Group

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