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Posted by SteveS on January 26, 2001 at 23:44:16:
In Reply to: The goal of SDHS?? posted by Barry on January 26, 2001 at 20:17:50:
I dont want you to think that im pro conservationist/researcher or pro breeder, that wasnt really the point of why i mailed you. I agree that there is a ton of info that should be shared freely from the private guys to the zoo guys or proffesionals. Often times private guys can put all thier time, energy and money into one two or just a few species of herps, therefore gaining a specialized appreciation for those animals. Zoos often have to deal with a whole host of species and sometimes dont get to focus on one thing, this is however, changing. I am very much in support of private breeders, and i think many of them are in support of conservation efforts. When i say id like to see SDHS look at conservation and research a little more, it by no means excludes other aspects of the field. The SDHS mission statement is "Devoted to the study, appreciation, conservation, and husbandry of amphibians and reptiles". I think youd agree the husbandry aspect has had a lot of attention that last few years, i think its time to look at conservation, if not for just a year.I believe its a good thing gain a more wholistic view of herpetology, all of its facets. It isnt a lost cause. There are species which can be saved, and private keepers often help with this process.
Lets not get hung up on labels of the "proffesional guy" or the "breeder", all have room in this discipline. I work at a zoo, and i keep herps at home, no worries here. Last thought: I think wed all agree that seeing the animals in the wild is the best thing going, and i believe its worth fighting for.