European Studbook Foundation Newsletter #2
Summary studbook keepers meeting of the European Studbook Foundation
In March 2015 the studbook keepers meeting took place in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. Several people gave interesting lectures.
Testudo graeca DNA sampling progress
As published in the ESF Newsletter 2015 number 4 a number of 10 specimens of a Hong Kong confiscated shipment of 31 tortoises was tested by the Gendika BV company. The results are now known.
Changing of the guards within the ESF Board; the Chairman hands over his position
1980 the Rotterdam zoo bred its first red footed tortoise (Geochelone carbonaria). From then on it went fast with the breeding couple. Within a decade dozens of births took place and with a few exceptions they all went to private keepers.
Laurens Woldring: the new Chairman
For those who not know me yet, my name is Laurens Woldring, I am 37 years old and living with my girlfriend Monique, 5 cats and some reptiles (mainly tortoises) in Deventer, The Netherlands. At the moment I am working as a biology teacher at a school for children with special educational needs.
Time for a new generation in the board
Since 1992, the idea to maintain especially endangered reptiles and amphibians is worked out into the establishment of studbooks. By building up and maintain ing responsible genetic populations, knowledge of the species can be increased and, if possible, can also contributed to reintroduction programs in the original habitats.
ESF Board changes
In the course of these first 6 months of this year the ESF board had some changes. Gerrit Hofstra, Siebren Kuperus and Job Stumpel left the board and now occupy advisory positions.
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