On a boiling hot day at the end of June we made our way to Doncaster in the UK to the International Herpetological Society’s (IHS) Breeders Meeting/Reptile Show. For anyone who doesn’t know, the IHS is a society based in the UK that was formed in 1969 and has a worldwide membership. The IHS run Reptile Shows and Breeders meetings throughout the year as well as quarterly publications and newsletters.
This was the first breeders meeting of the year and certainly didn’t disappoint. The hall was packed with all the usual suspects as well as vendors from Europe and all over the UK. An estimated attendance of around 5000 people is a great success for the hobby here in the UK, even though there where complaints of the hall being too small and the heat unbearable. Undoubtedly the meeting was busier than anticipated and a bigger hall would have been a good idea, but anticipating the attendance at an event is always difficult. After speaking to Mason of Mason Exotics, who as always had some great animals on display, suggested that people who are serious about attending the shows should show their support and pay for full membership to the IHS. This would therefor give the society more of an idea of attendance and possibly validation to extend the size of the show for next year. Hopefully these shows will only keep growing and becoming more and more popular as the hobby itself does, but societies like the IHS need the support of the hobbyists for these shows to continue, and what a shame it would be if they did not.
If you’re interested in supporting the IHS you can visit their website here.