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Why Captive Bred?

The overwhelming majority of animals offered by the Vivarium are captive bred; that is, they are produced by animals already at the Vivarium, or in the collections of other professional breeders, hobbyists and customers. We have a nearly half century long history of captive breeding including several examples of firsts in the United States, even of animals as now commonplace in the industry as, for example, Bearded Dragons.

Captive breeding offers several advantages to us, to you, and to the animal. Captive bred animals are produced with careful attention to sturdiness, color, and docility. They tend to be less prone to parasites and disease, and are more likely to be strong feeders. Captive breeding also produces unique opportunities for color variants ("morphs") that would not likely appear in wild populations. 

Captive breeding has a long history of bringing together those of us in the private sector and professionals from academic and zoo work, and many of the innovations that are now standard procedure in breeding exotics came from the diligent work and invention of hobbyists. 

Most important, captive breeding reduces the strain on wild populations. Wild helps have enough to deal with, what with habitat destruction, climate instability, disease and human predation. Let's not have the pet industry be on that list of problems!

If you have a question as to the origins of any of our livestock, don't hesitate to ask. The likelihood is that it is captive bred, but, in the rare instance that one of our animals is wild caught, we will be happy to let you know the facts.