BION 2019 SUMMARY
2019 was quite an active and productive year for BION Terrarium Center.
In June 2019, Dmitri Tkachev, Sergei Prokopiev, and Oleksii Marushak from BION Terrarium Center’s team took part in the 1st International Conference Herpeton 2019 (San Diego, USA) dedicated to various herpetoculture aspects. This event was organized by Philippe de Vosjoli and Alen Repashi.
Dmitri Tkachev, a BION director and founder, made a presentation “BION Terrarium Center – from reptile trade to responsible herpetoculture”, where he was the first to raise the topic of so-called RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE.
BION’s team members had an opportunity to chat with colleagues from different countries, visit Allen Repashy’s factory, a unique reptile zoo and shop “PREHISTORIC PETS”, LLC Reptile petshop chain, Reptile department at San Diego Zoo, and participate in night herping in the Californian desert.
During her work trip to Japan (August 2-5, 2019) Alexandra Antonyuk, a BION General Manager, visited one of the largest reptile fairs in Japan (Reptiles Show in Shizuoka) and “Maniac Reptiles” reptile store. She met a number of reptile dealers and wholesalers, got acquainted with the Japanese reptile market structure on the spot. It should be noted the reptile market in Japan is one of the most stable in the world and has a clear tendency towards sustainable development. It should be enough just to say that in addition to two large reptile fairs in the country, 5 large and 20 medium dealers, about 400 reptile pet shops operate within the country. BION Terrarium Center has been exporting tarantulas, amphibians, and reptiles, wholesale and retail, to Japan since 1993.
Our company also presented itself in Hamm (Germany) in March, June, and September 2019, where we personally met our customers and reptile suppliers.
Throughout 2019, we labored on the formation and renovation of BION’s breeding stock. We enriched our breeding stock with such reptile species as Omani and Red Band spiny-tailed lizards, Common chuckwallas, Beaver-tailed and Shield-tailed agamas, Australian Frilled-necked lizards, Cuban false chameleons, Crocodile monitors, Mossy New Caledonian geckos, Henkel’s and Cork-bark leaf-tailed geckos, Taylor's Fat-tailed gecko.
More details on BION reptile breeding for the current year at (https://bion.com.ua/breeding-news/).
Over the past year, new areas were developed for reptile keeping and breeding:
1) Expositions with large reptiles (including Star and Leopard tortoises, Rhinoceros iguanas, Lace monitors, Crocodile monitors and Philippine Sailfin dragons) we opened on the ground floor at the RESPONSIBLE ZOOCULTURE Center.
2) A new laboratory for reptiles on the second floor of the aforementioned center. The main task of the Center is to promote the conservation of rare reptile species in artificial conditions, such as reserve populations, training reptile keepers, and conducting specialized seminars and conferences.
3) Directly in the main BION building, such premises as a food preparation station, four laboratories for chameleons, 6 laboratories for geckos and other reptile species, and an additional laboratory for desert lizards were completely renovated and equipped.
All measures were taken to significantly increase the amount of captive-bred reptiles in BION for quality supplies in large quantities.
BION Terrarium Center is constantly working on staff training and its professional development. To achieve this, we conduct seminars and communicate with experts. Sergei Prokopiev (Ukraine), Petr Nechas (Czech Republic), and Kamiel Hamers(the Netherlands) helped us this year.
Permanently great methodological assistance was provided by Ivan Neizhko, BION Senior keeper.
A significant contribution to reptile breeding method development and reptile keeper education was made by Oleksii Marushchak from BION research and development department.
We are very grateful to a US veterinarian ,Scott J. Stahl, DVM, DABVP, for his effective advice.
In November 2019, we made a trip to Madagascar as a part of an international project “RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE”. The route of the first part of the trip laid along the East Coast, where we got acquainted with the current condition of Calummaparsonii chameleon populations in different localities. The route of the second part of the trip laid through the North-West of the island, where we got an idea of the current condition of panther chameleons (Furciferpardalis) in different localities. Within one month, we get the most valuable information about the living conditions of animals in each specific biotope. On the spot, we saw what the natural habitat destruction led to and what harm irresponsible ecotourism could do.
We also controlled the capture of both chameleon species within the limits for export permits issued for the BION Terrarium Center. We plan using these animals as our breeding stock to create reserve populations of specific localities and morphs.
The trip was attended by Dmitri Tkachev, Sergei Prokopiev, and Nelly Kuzmenko (Ukraine), Yuri Zhuravlev (Russia), Petr Nechas (Czech Republic), and Ianona Wilson (Madagascar).
A great job on developing the RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE concept was done by our regular partner Sergei Prokopiev.
We express our sincere gratitude to Nelly Kuzmenko for filming and crafting amazing videos about BION trips to Madagascar in 2018-2020 and much more.
In 2019, BION’s team members had a few opportunities to visit their colleagues in Germany, the Netherlands, China, the Czech Republic, Russia, the USA, and Uzbekistan. In turn, specialists from the Netherlands, Israel, China, the Czech Republic, and Russia were our guests during this year.
This year, we paid a lot of attention to the development of BION’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Throughout the year, we worked a lot with our subscribers and interviewed a few world-known experts.
Also, we share the keeping information for reptile species we are working with. This year, many BION’s videos on our YouTube channel became popular. We are planning to make more in the coming year.
SUMMARY OF THE PAST YEAR
We became an even more professional team committed to moving forward. Besides, we gained new experience, opportunities, and prospects for reptile breeding.
We understand the importance of the RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE project as one of the most promising and powerful way to prevent the extinction of many reptile species in the wild.
Many thanks to all BION’s team members from the marketing, logistics, and live food departments for their excellent teamwork.
WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM 2020?
Joy from our favorite job!
Positive, Creativity and Success!
Global cooperation in RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE DEVELOPMENT!
Best wishes to all BION’s friends, partners, subscribers!