Here we have outlined our core values, in which our company will strive to follow. We believe that our aims should benefit common knowledge as well as the animals we keep. Please take a read.
1. Contribute to the conservation of European reptiles and amphibians wherever applicable. As enthused naturalists ourselves, we understand the critical importance of preserving biota, heightened by the peril of which many herptile species face. We believe that this can be successfully achieved by:
- 1.1 Creating viable and sustainable captive populations of herptiles by ensuring adequate diversity (avoiding in-breeding) while maintaining taxonomically valid breeding groups (avoiding outbreeding with closely related species).
- 1.2 Supporting protective legislation and in-situ habitat protection.
2. Provide educational outreach and experiences with these animals to help create and solidify an important connection between people and the natural world. This is because these animals are wholly underappreciated within conservation bodies and the public’s perception. So far we do this by:
- 2.1 Providing educational workshops and presentations to the public in establishments such as universities, schools, wildlife and conservation groups.
- 2.2 Allowing our animals to be represented as ambassadors for their wild counterparts in multimedia applications such as documentary films, books and cinema.
- 2.3 Offering tailored species experiences in the form of photography days and workshops.
3. All kept species have the aim of producing captive-bred stock in order to fulfil part 1.1 and:
- 3.1 Disseminate captive-bred stock into the private sector. We think that everyone has the right, like us, to care for these wonderful animals as this aids in achieving both parts 1.1 and 2.
- 3.2 Take pressure off of wild populations of European herptile, as offering captive animals prevents illegal capture of said species.
4. We strive for the highest ethical standards as well as following the latest research in the husbandry of our species. We believe that our animals deserve as good quality life as possible being as authentic to their natural habitats we can achieve in captivity. This is achieved by:
- 4.1 Always outdoors policy. All animals from birth to breeding are kept outside, giving them access to natural sunlight, temperatures and foods, wherever possible. There are of course exceptions, such as when animals require specific veterinary care or a controlled brumation.
- 4.2 Following our biosecurity protocol to ensure we prevent the spread of infectious disease from our facility, other facilities and wild populations.
- 4.3 Connecting to leaders in the field of herpetology to understand proper environmental conditions and captive husbandry methods.
5. Contribute to the scientific understanding of these animals. We do this by currently:
- 5.1 Partnering with researchers in undertaking academic papers and projects. We help to have study animals available to those within the ecology, conservation and zoology fields.
- 5.1 Authoring papers about our animals domestically.
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