About Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
The national Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) organization is an inclusive partnership dedicated to the conservation of herpetofauna--reptiles and amphibians--and their habitats. Our membership comes from all walks of life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants. The diversity of our membership makes PARC the most comprehensive conservation effort ever undertaken for amphibians and reptiles.
PARC exists because reptiles (alligators, crocodiles, lizards, turtles, the tuatara, and snakes) and amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians) have suffered from a broad range of human activities, due in part to the perception that these animals are either dangerous or of little environmental or economic value. We know now that they are important parts of our natural and cultural heritage.
There are branches of PARC throughout the US - we represent the southeastern branch and include the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
- a diverse group of like-minded citizens, professionals, and organizations
- an open forum for discussing herpetofaunal conservation
- a national and international conservation network
- a resource for everyone who values herpetofauna and their habitats
- based on local, regional, and national efforts
- an advocate of inclusive reptile and amphibian conservation
PARC is not:
- a competitor
- a funding organization
- a policy maker
PARC is a unique conservation network because:
- PARC includes all reptiles and amphibians
- PARC is habitat focused
- PARC includes all individuals, organizations, and agencies that have an interest in reptile and amphibian conservation
- PARC focuses on endangered and threatened species and keeping common native species common