Dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna.

The Mission of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation:

"To conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public-private partnerships.”

2012 Year of the Lizard


2012 Designated YEAR OF THE LIZARD


Conservation groups in partnership with PARC have designated 2012 as the Year of the Lizard





 Year of the Lizard 


 Conservation groups in partnership with PARC are designating 2012 as the Year of the Lizard



 Check Out All of Our Year of the Lizard Partners

Year of the Lizard Downloadable Newsletter - November

January, March, May, July, September

Year of the Lizard Downloadable Monthly Calendar - December

January , February , March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Submit your lizard questions via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to our panel of lizard experts, and we will answer selected questions in upcoming newsletters. Please include your name, e-mail address and location in your e-mail message


 Year of the Lizard Calendar Photo Contest


 Year of the Lizard Downloadable Poster - (letter size, 11 x 17)


Lizard Mapping Project


Available Now for Purchase - Year of the Lizard Annual Calendars, Mugs, Buttons, and Magnets - Proceeds from the purchase of these items help support the creation of a YoL conservation fund to be awarded later in 2012


Year of the Lizard Logo Contest - We Have A Winner!

PARC's Year of the Lizard Planning Task Team sought help from the herp community to develop an appropriate logo for PARC's 2012 Year of the Lizard Campaign. Among the many outstanding logos submitted, the Team selected a logo submitted by Todd Long (see logo above) as the contest winner.


Why Lizards, and Why Now?

The growth of human communities and our effects on natural habitats are having its toll on our lizards, as for so many other taxonomic groups. Habitat loss and fragmentation is the main threat to lizards, but other factors are being raised as issues as well: overexploitation, predation, and climate variation. Most of these concerns have solutions. With some focused attention, we can engineer a future for lizards within our human-dominated world.

The "2012 –Year of the Lizard" campaign is sponsored by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation to raise awareness for lizard conservation. As 2012 unfolds, we will shine a spotlight on our amazing lizard fauna and highlight the work of researchers, land managers, and the public to develop conservation measures to identify threats and forestall losses at local levels. Here, we provide a brief background on our lizards today, identify urgent needs for the conservation of this fauna, and outline actions that can aid their persistence. With place-based management, local populations can thrive. This is a taxonomic group that can benefit by Citizen Science actions, meaning that YOU can help. Throughout the year, we will be raising awareness of the issues surrounding lizards through press releases, newsletters, photo contests, and related events. We believe that citizens, natural resource managers, scientists, and the pet and food and related industries can work together to address issues and to help ensure long-term survival of lizard species and populations.


2012 State of the Lizard (Spanish version)


Threats to U.S. Lizards

The main threats to lizards are:

Habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation



Climate variation


Bookmark for more information on how you can get involved!

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for our monthly newsletters, containing:

A downloadable lizard photo calendar for each month, including a photo contest – your photo could be in the calendar!

Information about lizard conservation efforts and groups, and how you can help

Interviews with lizard experts, and answers to selected questions that YOU send us!

Information on how you can help spread the word about lizards

Educational materials

Lizard art, poetry, and cultural information

... and much, MUCH, more!



Who is PARC?

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.