Advocates for Snake Preservation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to changing how people view and treat snakes. Our mission: To use science, education, and advocacy to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes. As important predators and prey, snakes are an essential part of a vibrant, functioning planet, but negative attitudes about snakes may be the biggest barrier to their conservation.
We offer solutions to everyday human-snake conflicts that sometimes end badly for people and often prove fatal for snakes. We make snakes more familiar and less scary by busting myths and misconceptions, illustrating lesser-known and appealing behaviors like parental care, and sharing stories of individual snakes to show what they’re really like. Often this information is enough for people to welcome their snake neighbors and appreciate, rather than fear, their encounters. But we also recommend yard and human behavior modifications to reduce human-snake conflicts and make coexistence with venomous snakes safer.
While education and changing attitudes are the heart of our work, we also take action and advocate on urgent issues. Since our founding in 2014, ASP:
- Changed the international conversation on rattlesnake roundups;
- Killed the Arizona snake-shooting bill;
- Ensured conservation would be driven by science rather than fear in Massachusetts;
- Reached tens of thousands of people online with our multimedia snake stories; and
- Launched Living With Snakes: safe, sustainable solutions to human-snake conflict.
We accomplished all
this powered solely by volunteers and funded primarily by small donations; more
than 80% of our funding has come from donations averaging less than $40 each. Won't you join us?