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The Journey of Species Survival is Durrell's main tool for planning and tracking how we deliver our mission of saving species from extinction. We monitor each species through 13 management stages and four main phases as our actions drive its population recovery from the brink of extinction back to safer levels.

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Phase I: Assessment & Planning

Phase I: Assessment & Planning

The first phase of the survival journey focuses on gathering the information required to plan our approach to effectively manage the recovery of the species.

Rapid assessment

Rapid assessment

1994

During a visit to Maria Major to survey the reptile fauna, two Saint Lucia racers are captured and marked by Durrell staff. These are two of only ten sightings of the species recorded since 1983 and the first individuals to be marked. It is not possible to estimate the global population of racers due to the lack of data and knowledge of the species.

About the Rapid assessment stage
Field missions are used to assess species conservation status, key threats and initial actions needed to kick start the programme.

Rapid response

Rapid response

NA

NA

About the Rapid response stage
If extinction risk is very high, captive breeding programmes or rapid field interventions might be used to avert an immediate risk of extinction.

Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement

2009

Saint Lucia Forestry Department, Durrell and Fauna and Flora International form a partnership following recommendations by FFI in 2009 to conduct a full assessment of the species. Several attempts have been made previously to survey the racers on Maria Major but whilst individuals were occasionally sighted, it wasn’t until skills and techniques were developed through the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project that a full survey could be attempted.

About the Stakeholder engagement stage
Conservation actions are successfully increasing the species’ numbers and the programme structure is now capable of monitoring and adapting to new or re-emerging threats to the species.

Full assessment

Full assessment

2011

The first full assessment of the Saint Lucia racer population on Maria Major is successfully completed. This survey collected more data than any previous attempt, enabling the first global population estimation. Further research is needed to understand the ecological needs of the racer to effectively prepare Dennery Island to support a population of racers.

About the Full assessment stage
Intensive research into ecological, environmental and socio-ecological factors affecting the species provides a baseline to inform the planning stage.

Planning & partnership

Planning & partnership

2012

Results from the status assessment were presented to key technical people in Saint Lucia, and a Species Action Plan outlining key conservation objectives for the species was developed. These objectives include: restoring Dennery Island as a candidate introduction site; establishing a captive population as a safety net; and raising awareness of the conservation needs of the species.

About the Planning and partnership stage
Conservation targets and detailed action plans are developed to guide the programme's efforts. Partnerships and governance are also outlined to ensure the programme remains on track.

Phase II: Intensive Care

Phase II: Intensive Care

This phase involves the testing and implementation of intensive management actions to tackle the main threats to a species in order to stabilise its population and promote recovery. It often requires the most resources as it lays the foundation for a species’ long-term recovery.

Trialling actions

Trialling actions

Ongoing

Removal of goats from Dennery Island has been completed as part of plans to restore the island vegetation and prepare the island as a potential introduction site. Biosecurity protocols for Maria Major and Dennery are fully operational and husbandry techniques are being developed using the Anguillan racer as an analogous species. This stage will be considered complete when a trial translocation of racers to the restored Dennery Island is successfully completed.

About the Trialling actions stage
Conservation actions are tested on the ground, results are monitored and techniques are adapted to develop effective management actions.

Scaling up actions

Future Target

About the Scaling up actions stage
Once effective management actions are developed they can be rolled out across the intervention zone.

Intensive management

Future Target

About the Intensive management stage
After actions have been scaled up they are then intensively implemented to bring primary threats under control, enabling the start of the species' recovery.

Adaptive management

Future Target

About the Adaptive management stage
Conservation actions are successfully increasing the species’ numbers and the programme structure is now capable of monitoring and adapting to new or re-emerging threats to the species.

Phase III: Long-term Management

Phase III: Long-term Management

Once a species reaches this phase the population recovery is well underway but the sustainability and long-term robustness of the programme needs to be ensured.

Minimum management

Future Target

About the Minimum management stage
Moving towards sustainability, the intensive actions are scaled back to minimum levels of effort required to meet conservation targets.

Capacity-building

Future Target

About the Capacity-building stage
The capacity building activities within the programme enter the final stage and local partner(s) lead the strategic and operational management of programme.

Final evaluation

Future Target

About the Final evaluation stage
A detailed programme evaluation reviews progress towards conservation targets, final responsibilities are passed onto local partners and a new long-term action plan is agreed.

Phase IV: Watching Brief

Phase IV: Watching Brief

This phase signals the exit point for Durrell as a species reaches the end of its survival journey.

Watching brief

Future Target

About the Watching brief stage
Durrell steps back from the programme and provides technical support to local partners on request.

Population numbers

1994


Rapid assessment


Phase I: Assessment & Planning

NA


Rapid response


Phase I: Assessment & Planning

2009


Stakeholder engagement


Phase I: Assessment & Planning

2011


Full assessment


Phase I: Assessment & Planning

2012


Planning & partnership


Phase I: Assessment & Planning

Ongoing


Trialling actions


Phase II: Intensive Care

Future Target


Scaling up actions


Phase II: Intensive Care

Future Target


Intensive management


Phase II: Intensive Care

Future Target


Adaptive management


Phase II: Intensive Care

Future Target


Minimum management


Phase III: Long-term Management

Future Target


Capacity-building


Phase III: Long-term Management

Future Target


Final evaluation


Phase III: Long-term Management

Future Target


Watching brief


Phase IV: Watching Brief

Phase I


Assessment
& Planning


Stages 1 - 5

Phase II


Intensive
Care


Stages 6 - 9

Phase III


Long-term Management


Stages 10 - 12

Phase IV


Watching
Brief


Stage 13