BION’s 2019 SUMMARY
2019 was quite active and productive year for BION Terrarium Center
In June 2019, Dmitri Tkachev, Sergei Prokopiev, Oleksii Marushak from BION Terrarium Center team took part in 1st International Conference “Herpeton 2019” (San Diego, USA) dedicated to various aspects of herpetoculture. This event was organized by Philippe de Vosjoli and Alen Repashi.
Dmitri Tkachev, BION’s director & founder made a presentation “BION Terrarium Center – from reptile’s trade to responsible herpetoculture”, where he was the first to raise the topic of so-called RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE. You can read more about the report at (https://bion.com.ua/talk-in-san-diego/).
BION’s team members had an opportunity to chat with colleagues from different countries, visit the Allen Repashy’s factory, unique reptile’s zoo and shop “PREHISTORIC PETS”, LLC Reptile’s petshops chain, Reptile’s department at San Diego Zoo and participate in night herping in Californian desert.
During her working trip to Japan (August 2-5, 2019) Alexandra Antonyuk, BION’s General Manager visited one of the largest reptile fairs in Japan (Reptiles Show in Shizuoka), “Maniac Reptiles” reptile store and met a number of reptile dealers, got acquainted with the structure of the Japanese reptile market on spot. It should be noted that reptile market in Japan is one of the most stable in the world and has a clear tendency to sustainable development. It should be enough just to say that in addition to 2 large reptile fairs in the country, 5 large and 20 medium dealers, about 400 reptile's petshops operate within the county. BION Terrarium Center exports tarantulas, amphibians and reptiles to Japan starting from 1993. More details (https://bion.com.ua/…/bion-visiting-main-japanese-reptile-s…/).
Our company was also presented in Hamm (Germany) in March, June and September 2019, where we personally met a our customers and suppliers.
Throughout 2019, we have been working on the formation and renovation of BION’s breeding stock. We enriched our breeding stock with such species as Uromastyx thomasi & U. dispar flavifasciata, Sauromalus ater, Xenagama taylori & X.batilifera, Chlamydosaurus kingii (Australian origin), Chamaeleolis spp, Varanus salvadorii, Mniarogekko chahoua, Uroplatus henkeli & U. pietschmanni , Hemithecobyx taylori.
More details on BION’s breeding BION for the current year (https://bion.com.ua/breeding-news/).
Over the past year, new areas have been developed for keeping and breeding:
1) expositions with large reptiles (including Geocholone, Cyclura, Varanus, Hydrosaurus species) we opened on the ground floor at the RESPONSIBLE ZOOCULTURE Center.
2) a new laboratory for reptiles in the second floor of the mentioned center. The main task of the Center is to promote the conservation of rare species in artificial conditions as the reserve populations, training of keepers and conducting specialized seminars and conferences.
3) Directly in the main BION building, the premises of the food base, 4 laboratories for chameleons, 6 laboratories for geckos and other species and an additional laboratory for desert lizards were completely renovated and equipped.
All measures were taken to significantly increase the amounts of captive bred animals in BION.
BION Terrarium Center is constantly working on staff training and professional development. We conduct seminars and communicate with experts. Sergei Prokopiev from Ukraine, Petr Nechas from Czech Republic and Kamiel Hamers from the Netherlands helped us this year.
Permanently great methodological assistance was provided by Ivan Neizhko - BION’s Senior keeper.
A significant contribution to the development of breeding methods and keeper’s education was made by Oleksii Marushchak from BION’s research and development department.
We are very grateful to 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 went along the East Coast, where we got acquainted with the current condition of Calumma parsonii chameleon populations in different localities. The route of the second part of the trip went through the North-West of the island, where we got an idea of the current condition of panther chameleons (Furcifer pardalis) in different localities. Within one month we received the most valuable information about the living conditions of animals in each specific biotope. We saw on spot what the destruction of natural habitats led to and what harm irresponsible ecotourism could affect.
We also controlled the capturing of both species of chameleons within the limits for export permits issued for the BION Terrarium Center. We plan to use these animals as a breeding stock to create reserve populations of specific localities and morphs.
The trip was attended by Dmitri Tkachev, Sergei Prokopiev, Nelly Kuzmenko (Ukraine), Yuri Zhuravlev (Russia), Petr Nechas (Czech Republic), Ianona Wilson (Madagascar).
A lot of work on developing of a RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE concept with BION was done by our regular partner Sergei Prokopiev.
We express our sincere gratitude to Nelly Kuzmenko for filming and preparing amazing videos about BION’s trips to Madagascar in 2018-2020 and much more.
In 2019 BION team members had opportunities to visit their colleagues in Germany, the Netherlands, China, Czech Republic, Russia, 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, interviewed few world known experts (https://youtu.be/tjTc98TErjM; https://youtu.be/BedjdWIUepg; https://youtu.be/Kh8Tjy0GRcs; https://youtu.be/6TJ-Y6nCamc; https://youtu.be/PGCs77piI6s). Also we share the keeping info for species we are working with. This year many BION’s videos on YouTube have become popular. We are planning to make more in the coming year.
SUMMARY OF THE PAST YEAR ROUND.
We have become a more professional team committed to moving forward. We have 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 species in the wild.
Many thanks to all BION’s team members from the marketing, logistics and live food departments for their excellent team work.
WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM 2020?
Joy from your favorite work!
Positive, Creativity and Success!
Global cooperation in the RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE DEVELOPMENT!
Best wishes to all BION’s friends, partners, subscribers!