Our work in Antigua and Barbuda
Fauna & Flora and our partners have been championing Antigua’s endemic species since 1995, when we helped rescue the Antiguan racer from extinction. Then the world’s rarest snake, it was clinging to survival on one tiny, rat-infested islet. Since we intervened to remove the rodents and reintroduce the snakes to other offshore islands, Antiguan racer numbers have recovered dramatically.
Other native wildlife has benefited enormously from this work. Indigenous plants have spread, while nesting seabird populations have increased by as much as thirtyfold. Residents and tourists also reap the rewards of rat-free islands.
Several other offshore islands have also been restored to their former glory by removing invasive species. The 60-hectare island of Redonda, located 50 km west of Antigua, has been transformed from a slab of bare rock into a thriving haven for rare reptiles and seabirds since non-native rats and goats were removed.
We continue to support the Environmental Awareness Group, the Antiguan Forestry Unit and other key local partners in Antigua through the Offshore Islands Conservation Programme. Fauna & Flora works closely with our Caribbean alliance partners Re:wild on many of our projects in Antigua and the wider region.