Hundreds sign to protect endangered species

Antiguan racer snake (fauna-flora.org)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Chinese developers seeking to buy several islands once owned by Dato Tan Kay Hock could have a fight on their hands.

An online petition to make Rabbit Island and Red Head Island, just off Antigua, nature reserves has garnered almost 400 signatures.

The Antigua Conservation Society (ACS) said the petition comes because
of concern over Chinese investors.

The investors are in the process of acquiring a group of islands
formerly owned by Dato Tan Kay Hock and then by Allen Stanford.

Islands off Antigua (image: Google Maps)

Islands off Antigua (image: Google Maps)

Those islands include Guiana Island, Rabbit Island, Exchange Island,
Hells Gate, Red Head and several others.

ACS said Rabbit and Red Head are homes not only to the famous
and critically endangered Antiguan racer snake, but they are also nesting
habitats for the critically endangered West Indian tree duck. Also the
whistling duck and many other key species like the brown pelican, and noddy and bridled terns.

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