Total number of Antiguan racers,
aged one year or more, 1995 to 2001
The Antiguan racer's picture recently
appeared on Antigua and Barbuda's EC$50 telephone card.
90% of the racer population has
been marked with a microchip tag, making it easy to study
how quickly they grow and how long they live.
After two female racers were moved
to a new island where there were more lizards to eat, their
body mass (weight) trebled in just six months.
Over a quarter of independent
visitors to Great Bird Island find out about the Antiguan
racer as a result of the project.
In the 1999 Whitley Awards for
International Nature Conservation, the project came second
out of over 60 entries and its Scientific Co-ordinator won
the Iris Darnton Award for International Wildlife Conservation,
presented by HRH Princess Anne.
The Antiguan Racer Conservation
Project is now being used a model to help conserve endangered
reptiles and other wildlife in the rest of the West Indies.
Big head - measuring how quickly
the racers are growing