Archive: Detroit Zoological Society Sheds Light on Snake Conservation

World Snake Day celebration to be held July 16 at the Detroit Zoo

July 11, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is celebrating World Snake Day on Tuesday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Detroit Zoo’s Holden Reptile Conservation Center. The event will include hands-on learning activities, zookeeper talks and opportunities for visitors to learn about snake conservation.

Zookeeper talks will be held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the world of snakes by participating in conservation activities and making observations about different snake species based on their patterns.

The DZS’s conservation efforts for the massasauga rattlesnake will also be featured. Of the more than 3,000 species of snakes in the world, 500 are venomous, with only one – the massasauga rattlesnake – found in Michigan.

“Many people fear snakes, and this misplaced fear often results in people killing them,” said Scott Carter, DZS chief life sciences officer. “This is obviously bad for the snakes, but it is also bad for the ecosystems that snakes are integral parts of. World Snake Day gives us the chance to dispel some of the misperceptions and to help snakes and the environment.”

The DZS leads and oversees the Massasauga Rattlesnake Species Survival Plan through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), a comprehensive population management plan that ensures the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse and demographically strong captive population in 23 AZA-accredited institutions. The DZS also leads and contributes to field research in Michigan to understand and conserve this threatened species.