As for many institutions worldwide our main achievement in 2020 was our survival. Even during this difficult year we managed to find out quite important advantages. We strengthened and rallied our team spending a lot of time to enrich our experience in keeping and breeding, to improve our approaches and to start new optimistic and ambitious breeding projects. Among them – Calumma parsoni (Tamatava, Orange Eye) breeding project; to do this a legal breeding stock from proper locality was imported from Madagascar and special lab with big enclosures was created. Currently the animals are being adapted to the new annual cycle. In addition, we started similar project with panther chameleons aimed at establishing captive-bred parental stock consisting of several pure (not cross-bred) lines: Nose Be, Ambanja, Ankaramy, Ambilobe, Tamatava and Vohemar. A total amount of 200 F1 babies that will form the main breeding stock in the nearest future have already hatched. Also we are proud to report about great amount of captive-bred Eublepharis angramainyu, Eublepharis fuscus and Eublepharis angramainyu, unprecedented number of captive-bred Uroplatus species (Uroplatus phantasticus, Uroplatus ebenaui, Uroplatus henkeli etc.). Several species, like Xenagama batilifera, Euridactylodes agricolae, were bred at BION for the first time.
The new breeding laboratory for large lizards in our RESPONSIBLE ZOOCULTURE Center is already opened. The additional room for babies with 2 incubators should de be ready to support us for 2021 season.
We continue with enthusiasm our RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE project aimed at creating and managing stable ex situ populations of amphibians and reptiles by private breeders, breeding centers and/or zoos worldwide against the background of global destruction of natural ecosystems. Currently special online educational platform is under construction, while Facebook group RESPONSIBLE HERPETOCULTURE is already active and gathered around 1800 followers worldwide.