Bettering Captive Husbandry

Bringing together private keepers and zoological professionals to share our experience and our knowledge, one with another.

Being held at the Geronimo Event Center, Rodeo, New Mexico on 27th-28th September 2019 this is a meeting for all those who believe it’s time to get rid of myths and assumptions, and base reptile husbandry on a combination of good science, new technology and long-term studies of the animals in the wild.

Amazing location

The Chiricahua Desert Museum is right in the middle of a herpetological hot-spot, where the New Mexico desert meets the foothills of Sky Island mountains. A whole host of species await you there.

Greatest speakers

We've invited world leading experts on a huge range of topics; our speakers are some of the top people in their area of expertise. Check out their profiles below.

New techniques

Our speakers will be discussing - and our sponsors will be bringing - some of the latest technological advances, and demonstrating tips, tricks and new approaches to reptile husbandry.

Time to chill out

There'll be time to meet everyone and exchange experiences. We can almost guarantee that everyone present will be interested in the reptiles, but there'll also be good food and a BBQ Banquet with beer!

Photographic opportunities

With herpetological habitat completely surrounding the venue, bringing your camera is a no-brainer. Permits are necessary for wildlife photographers here; the Centre will set up an internet session at the venue for you to get your permit.


Although we'll be right out in the desert, there's a wide choice of accommodation within a few miles of the Centre; the full range from luxury apartments to campsites and trailer parks. See our Accommodation list.

Come and join us!

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