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exotic pets

exotic pets

Topic: The conservation criminology of exotic pets

Points: 20 points

Let’s pretend that I want to buy an exotic species to keep as a pet here in the state of Florida. I am considering a wide range of options, see below. Please choose one species and construct a brief memo (1-2 pages, double-spaced) that provides me with the information I need to know about the conservation, risk and criminological considerations of my choice. This paper will be in the form of a memo, meaning you will construct a more structured Minute Paper than before. Below I will structure the paper as I want it in the memo. Please choose one species from the list below and provide the information in the following format:

Species List

Blue Tang (Paracanthurus)- Saltwater aquarium species

Piranha; Red-bellied piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) – Freshwater aquarium species

Bearded dragon (Pogona spp.) – Reptile

Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) – Reptile

Pilippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) – Reptile

Ringtail lemur (Lemur catta) – Mammal (primate)

Slow loris (Loris spp.) – Mammal (primate)

Pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) – Mammal (primate)

Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) – Mammal (Canid)

Tiger (Panthera tigris) – Mammal (Felid)

Memo (Bold 16 pt. font, TNR)

            To: Dr. Jessica Kahler (Indent, 12 pt. TNR)

            From: Your name

            Date: 4/3/19


Conservation Status: (Put the section header; do not return but write on the same line). Please put information about your species here that includes the native range, its population status in the wild (see the IUCN’s Red List: https://www.iucnredlist.org/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) and contemporary conservation concerns (5 pts.)

Associated Risks: Please list some of the possible risks to the individual animal, such as common health ailments, considerations for health care and social and behavioral risks to the species. List the risks to people associated with this species including safety and security, zoonotic diseases, etc (5 pts.).

Legal & Criminological Considerations: Please find out if there are any legal concerns associated with the trade or sale of this species (e.g, poaching wild populations, unregulated markets, laundering; see TRAFFIC the Wildlife Trade Specialist website for information on some species; https://www.traffic.org/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. ). Please find out the legal status of this species in the state of Florida. (5 pts.)

Economic, Social & Other Considerations: How much will this species cost me and where can I get one? Are there any significant cost considerations associated with housing, feeding or care? Are there any celebrities or notable events surrounding owning this species? (3 pts.)