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The North Carolina Association of Reptile Keepers (NCARK) promotes private ownership of reptiles, the establishment of responsible statewide husbandry standards, educating the public, and conservation through captive breeding projects. We advocate a code of ethics, high standards for care, and strict safety protocols. We endorse training and mentoring to elevate keeper skills. Providing resources for locating veterinarians, rescue/rehabilitation centers, and antivenin is our social responsibility. We sponsor community outreach programs to break down barriers of misunderstanding and educate the public as well as the legislature about how these animals can enrich the quality of life in this state. Rapid habitat destruction threatens many reptiles here in NC and around the world. We can show how conservation through captive breeding is part of the solution to this problem. Our overall strategy is to aid North Carolina in elevating the level of responsibility and sophistication at which our keepers are working, while educating the public to the facts surrounding these misrepresented animals.
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