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Exo Terra plays an active role in several conservation projects around the world. In recent years reptile and amphibian populations in the wild have been suffering. Habitat destruction, pollution, and mankind's urge to expand his own living space threaten reptiles, amphibians and the plants and habitats they depend on around the globe. Certain species can only be saved from extinction by projects to restore their natural habitats and by captive breeding projects.

In the face of these challenges Exo Terra has teamed up with leading conservation foundations to safeguard endangered reptile species and their natural habitat. Through our participation in conservation projects on-site and out in the field, Exo Terra plays a key role in helping to give reptiles a future.

The International Reptile Conservation Foundation (IRCF)

The principal aim of the IRCF is to support conservation and research programs that contribute to the survival of threatened reptiles and amphibians and their habitats. The IRCF works in concert with the scientific community, educators, corporate and individual sponsors, and professional conservation organizations as a part of the total conservation solution.

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The IRCF is a member-based organization that actively pursues the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and the natural habitats and ecosystems that support them in a variety of capacities depending on the project or program. IRCF support may include fundraising, land acquisition, logistical support, communications and promotion of species awareness, publications, and volunteer coordination. To become a member please visit www.IRCF.org.

Programs supported to date include Project Heloderma, Blue Iguana Recovery Program, Project Palearis, Gharial Multi Task Force, Argentine Sand Dune Lizard, Fijian Crested Iguana, Chinese Alligator Fund, Jamaican Iguana Recovery, Anegada Iguana Recovery Program, Ricord’s Iguana, Conservation Project Utila Iguana, Turtle Survival Alliance, Rhinoceros Iguana, the Turks and Caicos Iguana Relocation Program, Andros Iguana, and Project Abronia.

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The IRCF publishes the quarterly journal, Reptiles & Amphibians, Conservation and Natural History. Reptiles & Amphibians is for everyone who cares about herps. It bridges the boundary between the scientific and hobbyist communities while offering value to both novices and experts in the field. Lavishly illustrated in full color with centerfold, articles provide authoritative insights about reptilian and amphibian conservation, natural history, and captive care. Read feature articles on endangered reptiles and amphibians, profiles of herpetologists and conservationists, travelogues, historical perspectives, commentaries, book reviews, news updates, and much more. The journal is published quarterly and distributed to IRCF members and contributors, reference libraries, and other institutions.

IRCF Journal

The Nature Protect Trust of the Seychelles (NPTS)

The NPTS is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation registered in Seychelles and works to conserve the biodiversity of these unique islands. The conservation projects are based on informed scientific research, which aims to protect species by protecting their habitats. The NPTS is a member of IUCN (The World Conservation Union) and members have been represented on the IUCN Species Survival Commission in the Re-introduction Specialist Group, Madagascar & Mascarene Reptile & Amphibian Specialist Group, Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, Heron Specialist Group, and the Southern African Invertebrates Specialist Group.

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Successful projects include the establishment of the Roche Caiman Bird Sanctuary on Mahé, Seychelles Terrapin Research Project, Giant Tortoise Conservation Project, and the Seychelles Red Data Book 1997.

The NPTS publishes an annual scientific journal, "Phelsuma", covering all aspects of biology and conservation throughout the western Indian Ocean. The geographical coverage includes the islands and ocean in the area roughly bordered by the Chagos archipelago to the east and the African coast to the west.

 
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