Every year the NARBC has several presentations during the trade show. Speakers such as Mark O'Shea, Bill Love, Phil Tremper, Russ Gurley, Nigel Marven, Philippe de Vosjoli, Jon Cann, and others, provide a wealth of information in their areas of expertise.
WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR SPEAKER LIST FOR NARBC Arlington, Texas!! We hope to see you all there for this exciting lineup!
1:00 pm – Jamie Zachary (OCHIS) "An Introduction to the Milksnakes"Field herper and colubrid breeder Jamie Zachary of the Oklahoma City Herpetological and Invertebrate Society will present attendees with a look at the beautiful members of the Lampropeltis triangulum, their amazing variety, and their care in captivity.2:00 pm – Amethyst Roney (DFWHS) "Cyber Myths Related to Reptiles"
1:00 pm - Myke Clarkson, Chip Cochran, and Devon Massyn "PROJECT PONDO: A Chameleon Conservation Project by HCI"The Pondo Dwarf Chameleon is known only to occur in the vicinity of Port St Johns, South Africa. It prefers thick coastal forest and suitable habitat for the species is believed to be limited to 45 km2 (17 mi2) (Branch, 1998; Tolley & Burger, 2007). Bradypodion caffer is assessed as Endangered because of its extremely limited distribution, extent of occurrence measuring less than 5,000 km2 (1931 mi2), and threats to its habitat (Tolley, 2010). Unfortunately, the majority of the species already limited distribution is outside of protected areas, the lone exception being the Silaka Nature Preserve, a small preserve of only 400 hectares (988 acres). Loss and degradation of unprotected habitat in the region are attributed to, overgrazing by livestock, conversion of forest to agricultural land, fuel-wood collection, invasion of non-native plants, and urbanization (Driver et al., 2005). Little is known about this enigmatic dwarf chameleon's ecology and population size as basic biological studies are sorely lacking.
Project Location: South Africa
Species: Pondo Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion caffer)
Species Status: Endangered, CITES Appendix II