The in 2005 founded conservation society ARCO
(Amphibian and Reptile Conservation) is concerned with
amphibian and reptile conservation and to collaborate with
ARCO-Nepal reg. Soc., with universities, zoos and breeding
partners. We accept, as far as possible, surplus stock of
specimens with origin from mediterranean climate types like
North-America, S-Europe, North- and South-Africa. or
from any desert provenance of the world. Advice in
maintenance and serious husbandry projects for keeping
amphibians and reptiles in captivity is given to all members
on request. Construction and maintenance of natural ponds
or suitable habitat structures can be planned and realized.
We accept animals from custom confiscation and other
official partners as far as space and possibilities allow and a
certain amount of “unwanted or out grown” animals.
Furthermore, it is intended to function as a satellite breeding
institution for circum-mediterranean terrapins and tortoises
as well as to promote herpetological knowledge.
Its main objective of activity is the support of a reptile
conservation project to give a refuge for unwanted,
confiscated, animals not belonging to the local
autochthonous Spanish herpetofauna.
The ARCO society is intended to arouse interest in the
actual problems and the planned measures. Talks, events and
publications will inform members, but also interested nonmembers
and guests, on project development, progress of
official and practical conservation measures. Seminars and
guest lectures are intended to arouse interest in this field of
Conservation work and breeding has already started
successfully but should still be intensified and widened in
collaboration with local and international partners.
ARCO welcomes all interested persons and, of course, new
members. With your annual membership one can contribute
for food and for maintenance of the husbandry or breeding
station in an adequate mediterranean climate and habitat.
The turtle conservation project needs a lot of idealism,
engagement and recruitment of new members.
It is a long-term enterprise with a great aim. Membership
comprises free entrance, consultancy and advice for local
habitat constructions. We can provide information for the
conservation of your semi-natural pond life, husbandry and
we might take your animals during periods of vacation or
for good in case of patronage granted. We cannot accept
any specimen not adopted under international regulations
(CITES) or being against local laws.
Become a member and you can contribute to saving private
pet specimens not becoming a potential hazard to the local
autochthonous fauna but as a member also contributing to
the work of ARCO-Nepal reg.soc. (www.Arco-Nepal.de).
Student programs or practical work can be realized mainly
in spring till summer and even accommodation can be
provided if so desired. You are welcome to become a
member for a long term project and to contribute with
idealism, ideas or only a mere economical membership or
Ponds, semi-natural terrestrial enclosures need proper and
correct treatment and maintenance, food supply and others
to find the animals in favorable condition. An annual
membership is cheap but a necessary contribution to the
work of ARCO.
We are not charging any entrance fee but expect from nonmembers
some donations from each visitor for the sake of
our conservation, maintenance and education work.