PRESS RELEASE:-World Snake Day, which is observed annually on July 16th, might just be one of the least acknowledged observances, simply because the mention of the word ‘snake’ often evokes a sense of fear in many.
Considering this, a collaborative effort among the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT), the Forestry Department, Fauna & Flora International and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust was taken to host an exhibition on Friday, July 15, 2016.
The event, which promises to be educational and exciting, will take place at Blue Coral Mall, Castries (on the Ground Floor next to the escalator) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SLNT’s Conservation Manager, Ms. Shirlene Simmons said, “The Trust is pleased to be a part of this activity as it seeks to raise the level of awareness about the various snakes found on the island. We have been working with these partners to monitor our off shore islands, like Maria Major, which is the home of the harmless, non-venomous and rare Saint Lucia Racer”.
Live snakes will be on display and experts will be present to answer questions and clarify misconceptions the public might have. According to Mr. Pius Haynes, Wildlife Officer of the Forestry Department, “St. Lucia is home to five endemic snake species, one of which has already gone extinct. It is the hope of the Forestry Department that through such avenues persons will be educated and better informed about our snakes, their behaviour and ecology to better understand the species thus debunking the myths about them. Our snakes indeed play a major role in conditioning our natural environment and maintaining healthy ecosystems.”
There will be entertainment by talented local singer, Naomie ‘Ngozi’ Grandison between 12:30 pm to 1 pm. Additionally, spectators will get to view the video Hiding for Survival as well as get a chance to win giveaways and receive more information about a Poster Competition for School children.
The public is encouraged to show up in large numbers to learn more about snakes and their role in maintaining our ecosystem and the most favourable action one should take in the event there is an encounter with a venomous snake.