Bethpage, NY. (February 12, 2019) The Tarantula Keepers Coalition (TKC), a registered non-profit organization dedicated to representing the interests of U.S. breeders and keepers of tarantulas and other arthropods, launched a new fundraiser featuring one of their directors, Amy Salinas. “We are excited to have Amy helm this particular endeavor,” explained one of Amy’s co-directors, Warren van der Biezen. “Amy loves these animals and people in this community love Amy just the same.”
Salinas is perhaps best known for founding what is undoubtedly one of the most helpful and positive tarantula keeping groups on Facebook. It was her love of educating the masses about tarantulas, and the tarantulas themselves, that brought her to first contact biologist Ranil Nanayakkara. Salinas soon learned that Nanayakkara is working fervently to protect several newly discovered and undescribed species of tarantulas, including the Poecilotheria tarantula (or “Pokie”)–a favorite of Salinas. The TKC previously announced their own partnership with Nanayakkara, last month.
The GoFundMe Campaign seeks to raise $14,000 to accomplish a number of incredible goals. The amount is set to fund purchase of 15 acres of land to protect the land from being cleared and the animals from being killed or displaced. Additionally, the funds will provide for a research facility for Nanayakkara to continue his work researching tarantulas and partnering with local village communities to conserve the native flora and fauna. As a part of this research, Nanayakkara will be able to describe these animals and give them a name.
A personal stretch goal of Salinas is to eventually visit Sri Lanka to observe the species herself. “It’s a dream of mine to take video clips and photos of these animals safe in their home so people can see first-hand the difference their support made.” Although she has no plans for a trip yet, Salinas is content for now to fight for these animals with her friends, across borders.
Supporters of this campaign can visit Help Save Amy’s Pokies at its GoFundMe page. For more information about the TKC, visit the organization’s website www.thetkc.org.
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The Tarantula Keepers Coalition Announcement Regarding Exciting New Partnership with Conservation Biologist in Sri Lanka
Bethpage, NY. (January 25, 2019) The Tarantula Keepers Coalition (TKC), a registered non-profit organization dedicated to representing the interests of U.S. breeders and keepers of tarantulas and other arthropods, announced today their partnership with Conservation Biologist, Ranil P. Nanayakkara. The TKC and Nanayakkara share in common a passion for the research and conservation of Sri Lankan species of Mygalomorph spiders.
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The Tarantula Keepers Coalition Statement Regarding the Importation and Interstate Sale of Brazilian Endemic Spiders
Bethpage, NY. (January 8, 2019) The Tarantula Keepers Coalition (TKC), a registered non-profit organization dedicated to representing the interests of U.S. breeders of tarantulas and other arthropods, announced today their statement regarding Brazilian endemic spiders. This statement comes in response to a July 2018 United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) seizure of Brazilian endemic animals from a U.S. breeder. “Since that initial seizure, there has been no official statement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” explains Quentin Salinas, one board member of TKC. “We have received no guidance pertaining to the subsequent and continued enforcement of the law.”
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“To be the greater voice of the invertebrate keeping community.”
It is our goal to reduce government overreach pertaining to the Lacey Act in regard to the restriction of captive produced invertebrates.
TKC aims to safeguard the unhindered continuation of captive breeding of invertebrates in the United States tarantula community, ensuring threatened or endangered invertebrates will continue to be produced in an effort to teach, repopulate, and conserve.
About us: The Tarantula Keepers Coalition was created by a board of avid and motivated individuals hailing from many interdisciplinary backgrounds; creating a diverse and extremely knowledgeable collaboration. All of our board members are dedicated invertebrate keepers who are anchored into the community, and thus want nothing but the best for the practice as a whole.
The Tarantula Keepers Coalition intends to be an emphatic and assertive force on the behalf of all invertebrate enthusiasts. While we are aware that there are organizations that give our community a voice, and we do plan to unite with said organizations in order to facilitate our goals, we do not feel that a voice significant enough is given; a voice that the community deserves. The voice of the invertebrate keeper will not come second hand, as it often does, channeled through the TKC.
The TKC is an official and recognized not for profit 501(c)3 organization, meaning our corporation is fully operated on donated proceeds, of which we intend to be entirely transparent in our usage of.