Action Alert: Potential ESA Listing of Pyxis Tortoises
Deadline Sept. 8
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has made a 90-Day Finding that the listing of the Spider tortoise (Pyxis arachnoides) and the Flat-tailed tortoise (Pyxis planicauda) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. This includes all subspecies. If you have business, scientific, or display interests in these species, it is critical for you to provide information. Comments are due September 8, 2014.
Daytona National Reptile Breeders' Expo
It's time for Daytona! The show still referred to by many longtime herpers as just "expo" is back and ready for another great event. This is the only chance to see some breeders and there will be species here not seen at any other show. Zoo Med is hosting Turtle Talks on Friday night at the Hilton. Also, be sure to attend the benefit auction Saturday night. Hundreds of herpers will fill a room for a unique atmosphere and great time to support your herp community.
Thanks to show promoter Wayne Hill, the NRBE auction has raised $100,000 to benefit USARK. NRBE auctions have also benefited many other organizations and conservation efforts, too.
USARK needs volunteers to help with the auction and preparation. If you would like to volunteer and help USARK, please send an email to info@USARK.org. Get more details at www.reptilebreedersexpo.com.
USARK Attends Woofstock
TXARK and Snyder, Texas Update
August 7: Raymond Shook of Snyder, Texas was able to meet with the Snyder City Manager, Merle Taylor, regarding the issue of speaking to the city council to change the city's ordinance on reptiles. Mr. Shook reports that the meeting was a success! He was able to secure a spot on the September 8th City Council Meeting Agenda.
Get more information on this ordinance at www.facebook.com/TXARK/photos/.
All Texas residents should Like the TXARK Facebook page and support this group at www.facebook.com/TXARK
. Thanks, TXARK and Raymond Shook!
Florida Public Meetings Regarding Wildlife and Exotics
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced plans for seven meetings regarding captive wildlife. These meetings regard a periodic review and potential adjustments to the current regulations. Stakeholders and pet keepers can get details at http://usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FWC-2014-Workshops.pdf.