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The Zoo Agrees to Operate the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Agrees to Operate the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation


Orianne CEO, Dr. Chris Jenkins, Fred Antonio, Director Orianne Center,
Joe Montisano, CEO Central Florida Zoo

(March 4, 2014) The Orianne Society and The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens announce today that they have partnered to conserve eastern indigo snakes, with the Central Florida Zoo taking over operations of the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation in Eustis, Florida.

The Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation was built and formerly operated by The Orianne Society, the world’s foremost comprehensive-based conservation organization dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians around the world.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to take over operations of the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation. This allows the Zoo to vigorously support conservation with an established entity that has a proven track record of scientific conservation programs and successful reproduction efforts,” says Joe Montisano, CEO. “We look forward to working with Fred Antonio and his team of scientists as we pursue new conservation and education programs together.”

“The Orianne Society has long been effective in accomplishing our mission to conserve reptiles and amphibians by partnering with organizations that have expertise and an impeccable reputation. The Central Florida Zoo certainly fits that criteria and they are dedicated to conservation,” says Orianne CEO, Dr. Chris Jenkins. “This partnership allows us to continue to focus on things such as land conservation, researching and monitoring species occurrence, and mitigating factors that cause reptiles and amphibians to decline, while trusting that the Central Florida Zoo will continue our efforts to captively breed eastern indigo snakes for reintroduction into areas which they no longer occur.”

The Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, located on 25 acres in east Lake County, will also complement and enhance the zoo’s already diverse education programs. This location is an ideal environment to teach conservation and an appreciation of our natural communities while immersing students in nature.

To learn more about The Orianne Society, including the work at the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, visit their web site at http://www.oriannesociety.org. The Orianne Society is a 501 (C) 3 non-for-profit organization that focuses on conserving imperiled reptiles and amphibians.

About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit conservation resource providing experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife. For more information regarding the Central Florida Zoo visit www.centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450. The Zoo is located on Interstate 4, Exit 104 in Sanford and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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