Animal Care and Education Coordinator Zoo Med Labs
Welcome to this issue of The Vivarium. Right now at Zoo Med, we are gearing up for show season. As if the breeding, hatching, and growing animals are not enough during the warm spring and summer months, show season keeps us extra busy. If you have never been to a reptile or fish hobbyist show, I strongly encourage you to attend one. These expos, which take place all over both the US and the world, are attended by a variety of folks who have one thing in common a great passion for their hobby. Anyone with a passion, interest, or curiosity about the vivarium or aquarium hobby is welcome to attend these shows. At a Reptile show, you will find many advanced reptile keepers and breeders that are willing and excited to share their wealth of knowledge with you. You might have the opportunity to hold your first snake, or purchase an entire reptile habitat. You may see a reptile species you have never seen before or cannot purchase anywhere else. You will almost certainly find new products to help you with the care of your pets and plenty of fellow reptile enthusiasts to inspire you. Everyone from advanced hobbyists with years of experience to families thinking about getting their first pet reptile will enjoy everything a show has to offer. Aquarists, don’t fear – there are many different kinds of aquarium shows too! Frag swaps and aquarium expos are a great way to learn about getting a new aquarium or gain trade secrets and an enormous variety of coral frags and other livestock. New products and techniques can be found in every aisle. Clubs and other organizations provide educational materials and promote conservation. Conservation is a popular topic at both reptile and aquarium shows where groups and individuals support conservation efforts such as captive breeding projects, education, and promoting awareness. These shows are exciting and a great way to spend a weekend. Whether you are new to your hobby or have been at it for years, get out there and enjoy one of these exhilarating events this show season!
As we move forward into the new year, we must make sure our hobby doesn’t move backwards. Luckily the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) is there for us. For those who are not aware, USARK is a science, education, and conservation based advocacy for the responsible private ownership of, and trade in reptiles. Exotic pet keepers are under a constant threat of losing the rights of keeping and caring for our beloved reptiles and amphibians. USARK plays a vital role in fighting against laws that aim to regulate the sale and possession of reptiles. USARK has successfully fought and continues to fight any and all regulations or rule changes that compromise our individual freedoms to keep pets. I would like to take a moment to thank this organization for fighting for our rights to keep exotic animals and encourage anyone who is not already involved to find out what this organization can do for you and what you can do to help. For more information about how you can get involved, please visit www.USARK.org.
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