Five Great Herpetological Conservation Organizations to Support
December 4th is World Wildlife Conservation Day. As reptile lovers, we love all wildlife conservation efforts, but even more so for efforts to support the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. We've put together a short list of five great organizations protecting reptiles that you can feel good about supporting today.
HCI - Herpetological Conservation International
HCI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving imperiled reptile and amphibian species. Their goal is to save what they can by acquiring land to be set aside as preserves, and funding scientific research projects and biodiversity surveys. Their methods include habitat preservation, scientific research, educational programs, and community participation.
ARC is a nonprofit focused on identifying and conserving the highest priority places for amphibians and reptiles in the Untied States. They protect endangered amphibians and reptiles through a strategic, scientific, and passionate approach. They work towards conservation through population monitoring, species research, and active conservation, working to restore habitats, ecosystems, and populations.
Founded in 1996 to spread awareness about the disappearance of turtles throughout the world. TTPG's mission is to ensure survival of the world's turtles and tortoises through captive breeding. They carry out this mission through educational outreach, and providing knowledge bases for those that want to get involved.
The IHS is an organization that holds and annual symposium for the dissemination of information and research pertaining to the natural history, conservation biology, captive management and propagation of amphibians and reptiles. They seek to build a community open to all individuals who are interested in reptiles and amphibians and provide a platform that fosters the exchange of ideas and information. In addition to hosting the symposium, they offer awards and grants that go towards conservational efforts.
US ARK - United States Association of Reptile Keepers
US ARK is a science, education and conservation-based advocacy group for the responsible private ownership of reptiles and amphibians. They fight for keeper rights while also pushing for conservation through viable captive reptile populations. They seek to establish captive breeding programs for as many species as possible, and to prevent these populations from becoming outlawed.
Pangea has been a long-time advocate of USARK, and is a gold member. You can join us in supporting them at usark.org.
Conservation is incredibly important to reptile keepers. We've been able to love these animals because they happen to exist in a time when we do. However, as the world changes and natural habitats become damaged, more and more species of reptiles and amphibians are lost every year. We hope you will join us in supporting one or more of these great conservation organizations, and to do what you can to make a difference.