Wednesday, August 02, 2006

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Monday, July 31, 2006

News from IRCF (2006/07/31)

We are very pleased to announce the release of the fully revamped IRCF website ( The site is filled with gorgeous images and content about the endangered reptiles and their habitats that the IRCF seeks to protect. You can join or renew your membership online and find information regarding a wide variety of donation programs. Please note that some parts of the site are still under construction, such as our new merchandise store and portions of the Program section; we appreciate your patience while these areas are being completed.

Some additional recent highlights:

IRCF has now partnered with Project Heloderma, to help preserve the Guatemalan Beaded Lizard, a species with fewer than 200 individuals remaining in the wild. The IRCF will be present at the National Reptile Breeders’ Expo this August in Daytona Beach, FL sponsoring the auction benefiting the Guatemalan Beaded Lizard. Your assistance with donations and on-site tasks is greatly appreciated. (

We also have started coordinating volunteers for Team Blue 2006 to assist with the Blue Iguana Recovery Program. During the months from August through December, Team Blue will be involved with activities such as trail development, production of retreats for the Salina, release of head-started iguanas, among other tasks. Team Blue is in immediate need of one to two volunteers in the 8/28-9/12 timeframe. (

The IGUANA journal has arrived in the mail! We appreciate the patience of our members but the wait is well worth it! With a stunning cover featuring a Malaysian Flying Lizard and 90+ pages of articles, photos and information, we strive to invigorate and educate our members.

The IRCF has also published the Spring edition of Blue Iguana Tales ( Learn about recent Program highlights and further details from the June 2006 dog attacks.

Please tell your friends about the IRCF and encourage them to become members! The efforts of even a single person can have a positive, lasting impact on the preservation of endangered species.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

IRCF support of NRBE auction benefiting the Guatemalan Beaded Lizard

Message from John Binns, our IRCF president, with regards to the NRBE Guatemalan Beaded Lizard auction. The auction flyer is located at from which you can download a PDF.

If you will be in Daytona, we will also be seeking volunteers to help gather items for the auction thay day, as well as manage the auction in the evening. There is a "Volunteers Needed" link at

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Last year, the IRCF sponsored the National Reptile Breeder’s Expo auction to benefit the West Indian Rock Iguanas. The auction was a huge success and generated over $20,000 to help fund critical conservation work to assist the San Salvador Rock Iguana (Cyclura rileyi rileyi), Jamaican Iguana (Cyclura collei), Anegada Iguana (Cyclura pinguis), and the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi).

Last year’s auction success is credited to the generosity of donors and vendors who gave willingly, the many volunteers who contributed long hours in managing the auctions activities, and Wayne Hill for hosting the event.

This year, the IRCF is teaming up with Zoo Atlanta to sponsor the NRBE auction to benefit the Guatemalan Beaded Lizard (H. h. charlesbogerti). Fewer than 200 of these critically endangered animals remain in the unique dry forest habitat of the Motagua Valley in Guatemala.

Saving this species is within our reach, but the window of opportunity is closing rapidly.

Recovery efforts are being conducted through a partnership called Project Heloderma, headed by Zootropic, a Guatemalan NGO working in unison with NGO Defensores de la Naturaleza Foundation (Defenders of Nature), whose primary focus is the conservation of the Motagua Valley. Other partners include the Guatemalan government’s National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), Zoo Atlanta, the IRCF, San Diego Zoo, and Dan Beck, Central Washington University.

Detailed information about Project Heloderma can be found at the following web address:

We are seeking your help and support to save the Guatemalan Beaded Lizard. Please consider the following ways to contribute:

1. Benefit Auction: Donate items for the auction (August 19th 2006). All donations are U.S. tax deductible. What can I donate? Just about anything, Crafts, Artwork, Books, Reptile Supplies, Services, Professional Services, Passes, Vacations Packages, Equipment, Appliances, Apparel, Field Equipment and electronics, Old Cars, you name it. To donate, simply go to:

2. Participate in our online Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Donor Program, and receive your Certificate of Appreciation, Guatemalan Beaded Lizard photograph, and, depending on your level of contribution, a gift of appreciation. For information please visit:

3. Financial Donors or Sponsorship, at any scale, corporate or private, local or international. Please contact Sandy at:

If you would prefer to handle your contribution at a personal level, please contact Sandy at -or- call toll-free 877-472-3674 for assistance.

Project Heloderma thanks you in advance for any consideration and assistance you can provide.



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John F. Binns, CEO
International Reptile Conservation Foundation, Inc.
3010 Magnum Drive, San Jose, CA 95135 USA

The International Reptile Conservation Foundation works to conserve reptiles and the natural habitats and ecosystems that support them.