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RE: Pair of Blues stars at Czech zoo

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Posted by: Chelonian at Fri Apr 29 00:33:12 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Chelonian ]  
   

My friend Tom ask me if I had read the threads lately from this site so I have to give my two cents worth. I am a member of The IRCA and the TSA and I donate and back conservation efforts of both groups.I however also breed rare lizards and tortoises. I have always found it amazing how some of these conservation groups have issues with the private sectors breeding and selling some of the animals that they are trying to protect.I can tell you that I have visited the GC and they are breeding the iguanas in large numbers and are running out of places to release them.I wonder why they are even worried about where the European zoo aquired their iguanas? Or why they want to even get possible other bloodline when they are running out of places to release them.
The Europeans are way ahead you us in the Captive breeding of alot of species and have been for along time.There are many rare animals that are 40 years old in private collection long before CITES began.
I would like to comment that while I visited the breeding facility of the blues my wife and I saw many other blues that were not at all colorful, more grey and brown.So just because an animal is blue doesn't make it a pure animal. I have a nice male hybrid that is an awesome animal.
It will be interesting in how this all comes out with the zoo.Hopefully the animals were aquired through a legal source.
I want to say thanks to you European Breeders, with out you many of us would have never been able to aquire Captive Bred animals that are not available in the U.S.
Yeah.Jurgen is a excellant breeder and a friend.I am always please to hear about the things he has accomplished with his animals.


   

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