If you are of legal drinking age and live in the Memphis, TN area, head on over to the Memphis Zoo and drink a beer to help the zoo’s conservation eff
If you are of legal drinking age and live in the Memphis, TN area, head on over to the Memphis Zoo and drink a beer to help the zoo’s conservation effort to save pine snakes.
That is correct, the Memphis Zoo in partnership with Grind City Brewery, have created Zoo Brew, a pilsner-style lager with lime that is only available at the zoo. The proceeds from the sale of Zoo Brew will help to fund the zoo’s PineSnake Conservation program.
The beer can is illustrated with a Louisiana pine snake and is designed to raise awareness to the Louisiana pine snake conservation efforts and research that is taking place at the zoo. The zoo’s conservation efforts of the pine snake, led by Dr. Steve Reichling, research director at the Memphis Zoo, have been working since 2010 to revive the wild populations of the snake through captive breeding efforts. And the efforts have paid off over the years. The most recent release, of 50 juvenile pine snakes, took place April 22, in conjunction with the Fort Worth Zoo, Alexandria Zoo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Forest Service.
“Conservation is about people, strong relationships, and the shared belief that important work can be done when working together,” Dr. Reichling said in the announcement of Zoo Brew. “The Louisiana pine snake program is a perfect example of what passionate conservationists can accomplish in protecting wildlife. Our team is an outstanding group of forest rangers, scientists, silviculturists, landowners, and zookeepers.”
The Louisiana pine snake is only found in pine forests of Louisiana, in four parishes of Louisiana and five counties in Texas. In 2018, Pituophis ruthveni was listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.