Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) is an inclusive partnership dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna--reptiles and amphibians--and their habitats. Our membership comes from all walks of life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants. The diversity of our membership makes PARC the most comprehensive conservation effort ever undertaken for amphibians and reptiles.
Reptiles (alligators, crocodiles, lizards, turtles, the tuatara, and snakes) and amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians) have suffered from a broad range of human activities, due in part to the perception that these animals are either dangerous or of little environmental or economic value. We know now that they are important parts of our natural and cultural heritage.
We hope that, after browsing through the PARC website, you will agree that reptiles and amphibians are worth our conservation efforts. Join the cause and sign up to become a member for free and attend a PARC meeting near you!
- a diverse group of like-minded citizens, professionals, and organizations
- an open forum for discussing herpetofaunal conservation
- a national and international conservation network
- a resource for everyone who values herpetofauna and their habitats
- based on local, regional, and national efforts
- an advocate of inclusive reptile and amphibian conservation
PARC is not:
- a competitor
- a funding organization
- a policy maker
PARC is a unique conservation network because:
- PARC includes all reptiles and amphibians
- PARC is habitat focused
- PARC includes all individuals, organizations, and agencies that have an interest in reptile and amphibian conservation
- PARC focuses on endangered and threatened species and keeping common native species common
How does PARC differ from amphibian organizations that have been formed to address the reported amphibian declines?
- PARC includes reptiles under its purview as well as amphibians.
- PARC is habitat focused, and is taking a strategic and cooperative approach to developing a broad-based conservation plan.
- PARC includes state agencies and the private sector as well as professionals and enthusiasts interested in herpetology.
- PARC will focus not only on endangered and threatened species but will also work toward keeping common native species common.
How much does it cost to become a member of PARC?
Membership in PARC is free.
How do I get on the PARC listserv?
The PARC listserv is reserved for members only. New members are automatically placed on the listserv Click here to Join PARC.
How do I get off of the PARC listserv?
What types organizations and people are involved in PARC?
- Government Agencies
- Reptile and amphibian enthusiasts
- Concerned citizens
- Industry Representatives
- Conservation organizations
- Zoos, museums & nature centers
- Universities & research laboratories
- Forest products industry
- Herpetological societies
- Pet trade industry
- Environmental consultants & contractors
Does PARC focus on the conservation of endangered species?
PARC focuses both on endangered and threatened species and keeping common native species common in their natural environments.
Approved by PARC National Steering Committee (NSC) 6-20-2001
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