Posted by : boris

At the annual conference hosted by the European Turtle Alliance, President Boris Berlijn, representing the European Studbook Foundation (ESF), shared insights into the organization's work in the Netherlands and across Europe. The event, which took place at Writtle University in Chelmsford, UK, attracted about 100 attendees, including students and enthusiasts of reptiles and turtles.

President Berlijn's presentation focused on ESF's role in managing studbooks and facilitating the rehoming of confiscated reptiles and amphibians. This crucial work is conducted in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry, specifically the department overseeing confiscated animals under the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

During the two-day conference, President Berlijn effectively highlighted the mission and goals of the European Studbook Foundation in a concise 20-minute presentation. He further reinforced the organization's presence by distributing informative leaflets. This strategic engagement not only raised awareness about ESF's efforts but also contributed to branding the foundation in the conservation and welfare of reptiles and amphibians in Europe. We established new connections, and individuals from the UK expressed a keen interest in contributing to Studbooks managed by the European Studbook Foundation.

Job Stumpel, responsible for veterinary affairs at the European Studbook Foundation, delivered an outstanding presentation at the ETA conference. His talk centered on the captive care and breeding of the Vietnamese black-breasted leaf turtle (Geoemyda spengleri) and the Japanese leaf turtle (Geoemyda japonica). Although the presentation was scheduled for half an hour, Job's infectious enthusiasm for these species, which both he and the audience had grown fond of, extended it to nearly an hour.

On the second day of the conference, Job conducted a post-mortem examination on a large female (Testudo graeca whitei), with assistance from Dr. Shannon Diruzzo, a veterinarian from Turtle Island. This insightful demonstration took place in the laboratories of Writtle University, providing delegates with a unique and educational experience.

In summary, the two-day conference was well-organized and successful, offering valuable insights into the fascinating world of turtle care and conservation.