For Release May 16, 2014
Contact: Melissa Amarello, (520) 333-6957, mel[at]snakepreservation.org
Advocates for Snake Preservation
A new nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way people view and treat snakes
TUCSON, Ariz.— Long portrayed in myth and media as villains, snakes have a largely undeserved reputation as malevolent creatures. Snakes are threatened by many of the same issues that affect all wildlife (e.g., habitat loss, climate change, disease), but negative attitudes toward snakes impede conservation efforts, which require public support. To address these problems and create permanent solutions that benefit snake conservation, we are forming a new nonprofit organization: Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP), whose mission is to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes through science, education, and advocacy. ASP will identify and address threats to snakes, dispel myths and misinformation about snakes, and apply compassionate conservation guiding principles to snake research.
ASP officially launched on Endangered Species Day, Friday, May 16th 2014. You can find out more about ASP, who we are, what we do, and how to support our work at SnakePreservation.org