During our conference, several donations were handed over, which we are of course very happy about. Firstly, Jean-Dominique Dufraine from Terra-Kultur donated 500 €, secondly, Jutta Dwinger handed over the proceeds of the bags she sold during the conference amounting to 320 € to the AG. Thirdly, Caro Vierbücher joined in and added another 100 € to the already high sum. Thank you very much for these great donations!
As every year, some of our AG members will bring great handmade things with chameleon motifs that can be purchased directly on site.
Firstly, Caro Vierbücher will bring a selection of her creative handicrafts. These include small decorative tiles, cups, bowls, egg cups, and other beautiful things, but also wooden plugs and inscribable wooden motifs to attach to the terrarium. Everything is lovingly hand-painted by Caro at home. Our presenters this year and the winners of the photo competition can each look forward to receiving one of our coveted conference collector’s mugs from Caro. This year a very beautiful Furcifer timoni adorns the cups.
For the first time this year, Jutta Dwinger will bring a selection of her handmade bags and pouches with chameleon motifs to the conference. These include very high-quality gym bags with and without zips as well as chic toiletry bags for the chameleon friend who loves to travel. Other small or larger works of art can also be sewn on request.
Also at the conference, Martin Knauf will bring some of his photo tableaus, which can be purchased on Saturday. The tableaus each contain nine matching motifs, measure 50 x 50 cm and come with high-quality Nielsen aluminium frames. Photos, cutting and sorting are done by Martin himself. Special requests can also be taken into account.
After we were able to publish a preview of the conference programme in December last year, we now have the final conference programme. This year’s conference will take place from 05 to 07 May 2023 in the tranquil town of Boppard am Rhein. As experience shows that the weekends in Boppard are booked up quickly, we recommend that you look for a hotel or guesthouse soon. Our programme has become a nice mixture of keeping reports, general terraristics and travel reports. Friday is the traditional day for arrival and a pleasant dinner in the local restaurants.
Saturday starts with a classic husbandry and breeding report. Jean-Dominique Dufraine has been keeping Rieppeleon brevicaudatus and Archaius tigris for several years. He talks about his experiences in breeding, but also in the everyday keeping of the two species. Afterwards, Thorsten Negro will take us on a search for Parson’s Chameleons in their natural habitat in Madagascar.
In the afternoon, Oliver Witte will give us an exciting insight into law, legislation and terrarium keeping – don’t worry, it won’t be as dry as it sounds, but very interesting for chameleon keepers. As a highlight, the physicist Sarina Wunderlich from www.lichtimterrarium.de has also agreed to join us. LEDs are becoming increasingly popular in terrarium keeping, not least because they can save a lot of electricity. Sarina will show us the advantages and risks of LEDs and discuss the latest development, UV LEDs. After these two presentations, we have planned plenty of time for discussion and questions, because there will certainly be plenty to talk about. At the end of Saturday, Rayana Vuillemain will introduce us to the Association Caméléon Centre Conservation (Switzerland) – this is the only presentation in English.
Sunday will be another colourful day: Lars Dwinger will report on a Madagascar trip to the southern highlands and the central east of the island. He travelled between carpet chameleons and rice fields as well as in the rainforest of Ranomafana, where he met a variety of small and large chameleons. Markus Grimm will conclude with an overview of Chamaeleo chamaeleon in its natural habitat in Europe as well as keeping and breeding them in terrariums.
We are very much looking forward to a nice meeting and many chameleon friends!