Phoenix Reptile Expo Recap
It was great to see the herp community united last week. The conference and expo both offered a glimpse at a group of people that is coming together, thinking about the future of the hobby, being active and building steadfast bonds. Thanks to everyone involved with making the herp community stronger and better.
Herpers Say Thanks to USARK
"Phil, on behalf of my Puerto Rican brothers, I want to personally thank you for your efforts to assist in amending the current over restrictive reptile-keeping laws. I visited the island last year and met them all. They are a very dedicated group to all aspects of herpetoculture including "exotic animal law." They are very aware of their government's new proposals and are always present at the Capitol as a group to express their opinions each time our hobby is threatened. Thanks again for all your help!" - Luis Diaz (juggler BP)
It's great to see the Puerto Rican herp community taking an active role to support their hobby. This photo shows their team on the steps of the Puerto Rico Capitol building. USARK is here to assist however possible. Thank you Puerto Rican herpers for setting a great example!
"Ashley said that NARBC has been helping to raise money at its Saturday show auctions since the inception of the show in 2001. Ashley announced the person of the year award went to Todd Goodman of Timberline Fisheries [and USARK Board Member]. Goodman, Ashley said, has been instrumental to help raise awareness and funds for USARK, PIJAC and other organizations that have been needed by the reptile industry. Goodman received his $1,000 award at the Fall Tinley Park show, which he proceeded to donate back to USARK..." Read the entire article at http://www.reptilechannel.com/reptile-news/2013/11/07/narbc-making-record-strides-for-industry-support.aspx.
$2,000+: Down Under Dragons & XXL Reptiles
$1,000+: Reptile Industries, Wayne Hill (National Reptile Breeders' Expo: Daytona NRBE), Zoo Med
$750: Psychotic Exotics
$500+: Southbay Tropical, Goss Reptiles, Exo-Terra, LLL Reptile & Supply, Southern California Herp Association & Rescue, Ton Jones (Auction Hunters), Eco Wear, Predators Reptile Center, Phoenix Reptile Expo
$250+: 480 Pythons, Tortoise Supply, Bob Applegate, Reptile Avenue, Richard Fife, Nick Burg
$100+: Manzo Family, SanTan Reptiles, Howard Del Monte, Gex Wear, J&M Cages, Serpent Stick, Living Art Publishing (Russ Gurley), Nano Exotics, Waterland Tubs, Bill and Kathy Love, Millipedes N' More, Arizona Reptile Center, Dr. Richard S. Funk (DVM, MA), Jeff Luman Reptiles, Keith R. Klemme, Desert Snow Gecko
Other Donations: Black Lagoon Collectibles, Fork Tongue Farm, Flora Fantastica, Designer Geckos, Brom's Bug Box, Designed by Destiny, Black Canyon Exotics, C. Critterz Exotics, J&J Reptiles AZ, Moon Valley Reptiles, Desert Air Dragons, Fife Reptiles, Jason Shanaman
Auction Sponsors: Zoo Med and Phoenix Reptile Expo
USARK and Auction Volunteers: Lupe, Katy Bugler, Isaiah, Carlos, Russ Gurley, Debbie and Joey McMorris, Drew Rheinhardt, James Badman, Ken and Kim Foose, Ton Jones, Kurt Edwards, SCHA&R crew (Jason, Mark, Justuce and Heather)
Thank you all for your support! Please let us know if we missed anyone.
Bowling with Barczyk: Attend a bowling fundraiser featuring Brian Barczyk (BHB Reptiles and Snakebytes.tv), Loren Leigh (LLLReptile and Supply) and surprise guests. Proceeds will be split between the Southern California Herp Association and Rescue (SCHA&R) and USARK. The event will be held on Monday January 6, 2014 (this is the Monday following the Reptile Super Show) in Fullerton, CA. Get more details at https://www.facebook.com/bowlingwithbarczyk.
NRAAC Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium: Rescheduled for March 7-9, 2014. Details coming soon at http://www.nraac.org/symposium2013.html. “The reptile and amphibian law symposium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., cancelled due to the federal government shutdown, has been rescheduled for March 7-9, 2014, at the same location. A revised schedule and panelist list will be posted for the 2014 event within the next few weeks as we confirm panelists and topics. To register for free, please use the online registration form at http://nraac.org/register and make sure to check back for future updates.” – NRAAC
Best of 2013 Awards!: The Reptile Report is holding their second annual Best of Awards. This is a huge event covering 81 categories to promote and recognize excellence in the herp community. Nominations run Nov. 12-30 and voting is Dec. 2-30. Just go to this link, nominate your favorites and follow the awards. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.452174494894432.1073741834.159931317452086&type=1
Roaming Reptiles Comic Book contest: The artwork with the most "Likes" will be the cover of the upcoming comic book, "The Adventure of Snikt & Snap". Head to the following link to vote for your favorite submission. Voting deadline is December 1st. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.584965578223823.1073741898.107326705987715&type=1
USARK Phoenix Show Photos
Herp News (click photos for links)
Cherry Head Red-footed tortoise (Geochelone Carbonaria) © East Bay Vivarium
Pro-herp pet article (Reptiles can be rewarding pets)
Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) © www.schaepmanhabets.com
Salty wetlands help curb frog killing fungus
Southern Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis) © Lensview Photography