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Inspiring a Love for Science and Nature through the Wonder and Excitement of Reptiles

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Reptiles and amphibians face unique conservation challenges when compared to other animals. Profound social and cultural barriers result in high rates of persecution, less public support for conservation, and less priority in regards to research, attention, and funding. Furthermore, herpetofauna continue to decline in number with researchers now estimating that over 40% of the world’s studied amphibians (IUCN, 2018) and ~20% of studied reptiles are threatened with extinction worldwide.

The purpose of the Reptile Youth Alliance is to bring attention to problems such as habitat destruction, pollution, and human-wildlife conflict that complicate the efforts to protect herpetofauna and their habitats. The Reptile Youth Alliance is a national group of passionate young reptile enthusiasts that are provided an opportunity to connect with peers, mentors, learn about herpetofauna, their habitats, and how we can work together to increase conservation support for reptiles and amphibians among the public.

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Awkward Family Photos with Reptiles!

Join us for a jolly good time and get an awkward family photo taken with your favorite Reptilian Pets! Bring your own friends, or take a photo with Starla, our 7ft boa constrictor, or Cooper our friendly Rock Iggy! Donations will go towards our end-of-the-year party for the Kids in the Reptile Youth Alliance!

Sunday, December 11th. 12-2pm

804 S. Bay Street

Eustis, FL 32726

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Edible Entomology Bake Sale

πŸ„ΈπŸ„½πŸ…‚πŸ„΄πŸ„²πŸ…ƒπŸ…‚ are often a staple in many of our reptile’s diets, but did you know eating bugs such as crickets πŸ¦—, are a great food source for humans too? Nearly 2 billion people around the πŸ…†πŸ„ΎπŸ…πŸ„»πŸ„³ already eat insects to supplement their diet, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. The practice is known as entomophagy. Consuming the right critters can help address the pressing issues of food security with the world's population expected to grow to 9.8 billion by 2050, the UN says. Insects can provide nutrition, with high protein, fat and mineral contents.

Join us on Sunday, July 10th at our Eustis location for an interactive Bake Sale to raise money for our summer πŸ…ƒπŸ…πŸ„ΈπŸ„ΏπŸ…‚! In this hand on event, we are tasting different foods that have insects in them, playing games and of course learning about πŸ„³πŸ„ΈπŸ„΅πŸ„΅πŸ„΄πŸ…πŸ„΄πŸ„½πŸ…ƒ types of bugs! 

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Fear Factor

A great way to test your mental strength and challenge yourself. Join us for games, prizes and snacks in this fun night out! 

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Movie Night

Join us as we watch Dan Kaufman's Ball Pythons in the Wild movie. 

The ball python is without a doubt the world’s most popular pet snake, and for the first time on Dāv Kaufman's Reptile Adventures, comes a feature length documentary on how the ball python is living in the wilds of Africa. For almost a month, I toured from Ghana to Togo and Benin to tell not only the story of how the ball Python is living out in the wild, but I’ll also tell the story of its economic impact and how it has positively influenced the culture in west Africa. This is the story of the world's most popular pet snake. This is the story of the ball Python in the wild in Africa. 

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Sprinkled With Love

Whether you’re looking for a new friend to take home and love, give some love and play time to a residing reptile, or learn how to show love to your own reptile, sprinkles with love is an immersive educational experience dedicated to showing reptiles love! Enjoy Donuts, Iced Coffee, and lots of snuggles!

We are asking for a $5 individual donation, or a $10 family donation for the event. Included in the event: donuts and Iced Coffee or other drink, 30 Min Reptile Interaction,

Question and Answers portion, and education class on topics such as husbandry and care.

Special thanks to all of our amazing sponsors and media partners. The Reptile Youth Alliance Research Conference wouldn’t be possible without you!