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    Hi All,

    Over 200 species of amphibians have become extinct in the last 30 years, a crisis looms for Asian turtles, and recent studies suggest global declines in snake and lizard populations (please see this article). Conservationists in the USA should feel somewhat optimistic about native species, because the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has prevented the extinctions of 99.9% of the species listed. But the “listing” process leaves much to be desired. Many reptiles and amphibians that are eligible for protection under the ESA languish on waiting lists…for over 30 years in the case of some, such as the Dune Sagebrush Lizard! Shockingly, at least 42 other native species became extinct during that same period!

    Private reptile and amphibian keepers can also play a role in conservation. Whether through breeding, volunteering or following a career in herpetology, there is much that we can do. Please see the articles linked below (Further Reading) for detailed information. Read the rest of this article here US Reptiles, Amphibians Need Hobbyists? Help and Federal Protection

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    I'd love to volunteer with a reptile rescue...however I've contacted all the rescues I've found in my area...either they never get back to me or they don't need volunteers...

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    Hello...I've heard from others with similar news; perhaps some of the ideas in this article might be of use (see links under Further Reading also); local herpetological societies may also have their own rescue services, or useful contacts. best Frank:

    The 10 Best Ways to Prepare for a Career in Herpetology - Part 2

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