TXARK is a not for profit public outreach and education organization that advocates for reptile keepers on a local and state level in Texas.
TXARK's mission: to promote and protect reptile keeping in Texas. We will strive to educate the public about reptiles in a positive manner, to promote conservation of our native species and to champion good husbandry and the perpetual expansion of our collective knowledge base.
Largely due to the perpetuation of bad information, our hobby and
industry as a whole are under constant attack. For the last few years,
the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK), has been our
voice against these attacks at the federal level. While they’ve done a
great job of protecting our rights there, there is a very serious need
for this same type of voice at the state and local
levels. USARK is simply not funded well funded or staffed to send
representatives to assist in state and local matters. This is the void
that TxARK seeks to fill for the state of Texas. Texas has seen its
share of legislative maneuvering in regards to reptiles and amphibians.
Some cities have flat-out bans on many species. Other counties have
bans or have attempted them. This isn’t going to stop! Every time an
attempt has been made to put restrictions in place we’ve had to scramble
to respond. We need a better solution for our state.
Who is TX ARK? The simple answer is that TXARK is you. Much like Noah’s ark, captive reptile, amphibian and invertebrate keepers help to preserve and conserve many species, while fueling the spark of caring and curiosity in children young and old. Herpetoculturists are responsible for the bulk of information that is known about how to care for these often-maligned creatures, and we continue to learn more with each year and each new species.
What is TXARK? The idea behind TXARK is simple: It would be an extension of USARK at the state level. It will do in Texas what US ARK cannot, and that’s fight locally for reptile and amphibian owners. TXARK will offer a network of resources to help keepers when they are faced with losing their pets, their dreams and their livelihoods.
Lets face it: snakes, frogs, spiders and all the other “creepy-crawly” things don’t have a huge fan-base. On a state and local level, where democracy is much more of a reality than the federal level, the majority rules...and we are the minority. We only have one choice when it comes to changing this, and it is education. An integral part of USARK would be Public Outreach and Education. Our hope is to see TXARK volunteers engaging the public at schools, festivals and fairs across the state, curing those phobias one person at a time.