Reptile import-export and breeding since 1993




For today, 9 May, 2020 our units, including BION Terrarium Center, “Ekzoland” Zoo and Responsible Zooculture Center are still alive.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that resulted in many difficulties (blocked sources of financing, troubles with transport etc.) we are trying to meet all needs of our animals!
In the meantime, we currently have 2100 specimens of 82 species to take care for, including 15 mammal species (including 7 primate species), 2 bird species, and 63 reptile species.

As regards the latter (reptiles), the collection is unique; it took us tens of years to compile.

Most animals are presented in pairs/couples or breeding groups, some species are being reproduced in the 3rd – 5th generations. 3 tortoises species, 11 leaf tailed gecko species, 8 terrestrial gecko species, 15 Agamidae and 7 Iguanidae, 5 monitor and 5 skinks species, 10 Chamaeleon’s species and morphs from proper localities represent the basis for reserve populations with unique ecological value.

In order to survive, we have reduced all possible costs. Instead of regular 35 employees, only 20 work on a rotational basis. Some of our employees live in the BION facilities. Of strategic importance is the operation of the laboratory for the production of live food (we breed 13 species of insects, monthly consumption being 150,000 crickets + 3 species of mollusks and 4 species of rodents). Team spirit and mutual support helps enormously.

Our mammals breed actively during quarantine; as of 9th May we have 12 ring-tailed lemurs’ babies, 5 from tamarines and marmosets, and 3 cubs from fox mongooses.

About 20 species of our reptiles have already laid around 400 eggs, from which the hatchlings begin to emerge.
We continue our research and methodological activities (3 seminars with employees held recently and one more are coming) and communicate with colleagues abroad within the framework of our international project “Responsible Herpetoculture”.

We continue shooting videos, making posts and sharing methods for keeping and breeding species; we have a positive feedback from our colleagues from many countries. We continue to work for our subscribers, colleges and partners worldwide! We are not discouraged and look for ways to stay afloat. This year BION will mark its 27th birthday!
In the circumstances, therefore, we are grateful to everyone for his/her support for saving our animals and keeping our breeding/informational projects going in this critical situation.

Stay Safe and Healthy!
Sincerely yours, BION’s Team