I would like to invite you to this event. Have a look on what you´ll get in one weekend!
This is the 18:th symposium in Norrköping, Sweden.
Bernard Devaux, France. Is working with tortoises and will hold two talks:
1. The status of the French populations and conservation projects.
2. Spurred Tortoise, Centrochelys sulcata, status in Senegal and conservation projects.
Presentation of Mr. Devaux:
Bernard Devaux, 65 years old, formerly film-maker on reptilians. In 1986, he created the SOPTOM (tortoises protection association) and the “Tortoise Village” with David Stubbs, english environmentalist.-Since 1988, he has developed the “Tortoise Village” in Gonfaron followed by 2 others villages, in Senegal and Madagascar-Organisation of many International Congress on tortoises and turtles (main topics; pathology, biology, conservation).-Author of many books and encyclopedies on tortoises and turtles. Editor of the international tortoise journal LA TORTUE.-International protection actions around the world, including struggle against traffics and animals busdiness; Seychelles (Aldabra), Galapagos, Australia, Costa-Rica, Senegal, Indian Ocean.
Link to website: villagetortues.com
Johan De Smedt, Germany. Johans intrest is vipers. He will hold three talks:
1. The genus Vipera, and it´s systematics, history and present.
2. The different subgenuses whithin the Vipera-genus.
3. Keeping and breeding of European vipers.
Presentation of Mr. De Smedt:
Johan De Smedt was born and raised in Belgium, but has been living in the south of Germany since 1996. He is married and has a son. His interest in keeping amphibians and reptiles dates back more than 29 years. He kept his first venomous snake at the tender age of 14 in the form of a European nose-horned viper, after which followed a range of other venomous snakes, mainly bamboo pitvipers and bushvipers. His main field of interest were, however, the vipers of Europe, and it was these that he specialized in.
In the year 1985 he was one of the founders of the Belgium snake-society called at that time “Medusa”, a couple of years ago this society changed the name in B.O.A (Belgian Ophidian Association). This association is now well known and the biggest group for people interested in snake in Belgium. For this association he wrote many articles, mainly on Vipers.
Johan De Smedt’s profession has nothing whatsoever to do with snakes: he is employed as a technical engineering manager in a mechanical engineering company where he teaches clients from all over the world in matters of automated control technology. He is fluent in four languages. He speaks Dutch, German, French and English.
In November 2001, his first book, “Die europäischen Vipern, Artbestimmung, Systematik, Haltung und Zucht” was been published. This book was written in the German language. He has had many requests for an English edition. Even a second edition was not planed at that time. But within a few years after publishing the first edition numerous systematic changes have become effective. New species and subspecies have been defined, several subspecies have been elevated to species rank, and various taxa have been transferred to other genera. This made him revise, and expand where necessary, the original German edition. Finally 2006 he published a second edition of his book in the English language.
Only a few photographs of the first edition have been reused, but many are new ones that have never been published before. Most photographs were, taken in the natural habitats of the respective specimens. For this reason he has travelled many different countries of Europe. These herpetological excursions were always undertaken with the aim of taking snapshots of vipers in their natural environment.
Mr. Johan De Smedt
Link to website: viperidae.de
Mirko Barts, Germany. Mirko will hold two talks:.
1. Jewels of Namibia. Fieldobservations, and keeping/breeding.
2. Secret, only for attenders to the evening-arrangement.
Presentation of Mr. Barts:
Mirko Barts lives near Berlin and has been working with reptiles for more than 20 years. It was his grandfather who raised him nature-orientated. He also helped him to understand nature and the special relationship between plants, animals and mankind. Furthermore, he simply showed him the beauty of the flora and fauna. Born in the former GDR, Mirko mainly travelled to Bulgaria and Georgia, where his family has its roots in. Jouneys to Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Morocco and the USA followed after the German reunification. Mirko already dreamed of visiting Africa during childhood and now he was able to live this dream.Since 15 years, he works with reptiles and amphibians of southern Africa. During more than 10 journeys, he did research in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. His main focus always were the geckos of this regions, especially the genus Pachydactylus, the thick-toed geckos.
Mirko shared his observations in many publications. Most of his articles deal with husbandry and breeding of Pachydactylus species and include extraordinary observations. These and other species will be presented in his speech on the gecko fauna of Namibia, an African hotspot in terms of diversity in gecko species. The speech will include some information on husbandry of selected gecko species, but its main focus will be on nature observation.
Links to websites: sauria.de and pachydactylus.com
Freek Nuyt, Netherlands. Mr. Freek will talk about various morphs in the boa and python species, as well as keeping and breeding of them. He will hold three talks:
1. New morphs of boa´s.
Link to website: fnreptiles.com
ALL talks are being held at:
Borgen, Folkborgsvägen 1, Norrköping, Sweden
Saturday november 8, at 12,00-16,00 o´clock.
Adress: Pronova Center, S:t Persgatan 19, Norrköping, Sweden
Talk by Mirko Barts:
A new geckospecies from southern Angola; keeping and breeding the feather-tailed gecko.
Saturday november 14
Location: Strömvillan, S:t Persgatan 7 Norrköping, Sweden
Price: 200 SeK/person.
Food and coffee will be served after the talk.
Both days, including lunch and coffee: 600 SeK
Specialprce at booking latest at the 12/11 450 SeK
One day: 350 SeK/day.
Eveningarrangement with talk, dinner and coffee. 200 SeK
Talks both days, eveningarrangement, entrance to the fair/expo, symposium T-shirt and compendia (Latest bookingday, 12/11). 698:-
Tableprices (1 table = 180x60cm)
1-2 tables 250 SeK /table ( including 1 person )
3-5 tables 200 SeK /table ( including 2 persons )
6-9 tables 175 SeK /table ( including 3 persons )
10 tables or more 160 SeK /table ( including 3 persons )
Extra person 40 SeK /each.
Electricity 50 SeK
Symposium2009 T-shirt 89 SeK /each.
Compendia (ordinarie pris 49 SeK /each.) 39 SeK /each.
Friday and lördag, including mattress 100 SeK / night
Notification is made via the form on the page “Kontakta oss” ( Translated: Contact us ).
To have the special Symposium2009 price 450 SeK, or the packageprice 698 SeK, the notification has to be made at the latest at 2/11 2009.
Notification IS binding!
Link to the webpage of the arranging society “Tropikföreningen ALBA”
Link to the “Contact”-page.