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The mission of the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council is to support the management of invasive exotic plants in natural areas of the Southeast U.S. by providing a forum for the exchange of scientific, educational and technical information. The Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council is a non-profit organization and is not a regulatory agency.


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Welcome to the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, where we provide wellness care, specialized diagnostic testing, medical treatments, surgical options and emergency care* for exotic companion animals.

Our clinicians work in conjunction with other specialty services within the VMTH (i.e. behavior, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, neurology, oncology, and ophthalmology). This cooperative approach allows us to provide specialized medical and surgical options for your companion exotic pet, including oncology services for cancer.

We provide specialized imaging services for small companion exotic patients including digital radiography, ultrasound, fluoroscopy (including gastrointestinal motility studies of avian patients), computed tomography (CT), MRI, and endoscopy. We perform all standard endoscopic procedures including tracheoscopy, bronchoscopy, gastrointestinal endoscopy, and laparoscopy, even for extremely small patients.Dental disease is very common in pet rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs and rats, and can have a profound effect on your pet's overall health. Working together with our Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service in a joint effort, we routinely perform comprehensive oral examinations and advanced dental imaging and dental procedures, such as occlusal adjustments and extractions.

A major part of our mission is to provide the best information possible to help you learn how to provide the healthiest lifestyle possible for your companion exotic pet. Our goals are to enhance preventive health care by helping improve your understanding of animal husbandry, nutritional needs and preventative medicine such as vaccines.

Pet owners easily recognize signs of illness for cats and dogs, but these clues can be elusive in companion exotic animals. Because many companion exotic pets mask signs of illness completely or show only subtle signs until very late in the disease, prompt attention to even seemingly minor changes or concerns is essential. Additionally, due to the rapid metabolism of many exotic species, diseases often progress faster and so problems must be addressed far more quickly than they would be for a dog or cat. Routine wellness exams and basic diagnostic testing are the foundations to identifying health concerns before illness occurs.

Some of this trade is legal, but many times animals are captured from the wild illegally to supply demand for exotic pets. The illicit sales of live animals comprises a major part of the overall illegal wildlife trade, a multibillion-dollar global black market.

Our veterinary team has the experience and state of the art technology to provide comprehensive veterinary care for your exotic pet. We enjoy sharing our knowledge of exotic pet care, and we offer a variety of services such as:

"A mind of limits, a camera of thoughts" is the name of this contribution from citizen scientist Prateek Sarpal. Jupiter inspires artists and scientists with its beauty. In this image, south is up, and the enhanced color evokes an exotic marble and childhood joy.

Understanding and managing invasive species is critical for protecting and restoring resilient forest and grassland ecosystems. Forest Service research on invasive and exotic species directly advances efforts to rapidly discover and respond to emerging threats. This includes informing government regulations to limit the accidental importation of pests and pathogens, detecting threats as early as possible, and eradicating invasive pests and pathogens when feasible.

From 2014 to 2018, Exotic occasionally worked as a professional wrestling commentator and hosted two wrestling programs at the G.W. Zoo. Exotic's involvement with wrestling began when he met Texas businessman and pro wrestling promoter Robert Langdon at the G.W. Zoo's "Monkey Ball" charity event in 2010. They bonded over their ownership of exotic animals, and Exotic began to provide color commentary at NWA Texoma events, which would be streamed on the JoeExoticTV YouTube channel. Langdon walked Exotic down the aisle for his marriage to current husband Dillon Passage.[39]

Due to the amount of exotic animals at his zoo, Exotic found feeding them all to be expensive. To help offset the cost, Exotic fed them expired meat from Walmart. Employees at the zoo also ate this expired Walmart meat, and also used the expired meat to make pizzas.[59]

In 2015, Exotic's mother Shirley was sued by Big Cat Rescue over assets that belonged to Exotic or the G.W. Zoo being transferred into and out of her name.[67] In May 2020, the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled that Exotic fraudulently transferred ownership of the park to his mother to avoid paying debts resulting from the earlier settlement, awarding ownership to Baskin and giving Exotic's former business partner Jeff Lowe until October 1 to vacate the premises.[68] Baskin decided to sell the park with deed restrictions prohibiting the keeping of exotic animals.[69] Lowe relocated the animals to Thackerville, Oklahoma, intending to open a new park there, but the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit citing Lowe's history of poor animal care; the new park never opened and federal authorities seized all remaining cats in May 2021.[70]

Located inside of Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency, we are a full service exotics' only veterinary practice. We offer high quality veterinary medicine to a vast array of species, big and very small, with a wide variety of services.

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International trade in exotic pets is an important and increasing driver of biodiversity loss and often compromises the standards required for good animal welfare. We systematically reviewed the scientific and gray literature and used the United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) trade database to establish temporal and geographical trade patterns of live exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles and to describe trends in research, taxonomic representation, and level of threat and legal protection of species traded. Birds were the most species-rich and abundant class reported in trade; reptiles were second most abundant but unusually the most studied in this context; and mammals were least abundant in trade. Mammalian and reptilian species traded as pets were more likely to be threatened than expected by random. There have been a substantial number of Appendix I listed captive-bred mammals and birds and wild-caught birds and reptiles reported in trade to CITES. We identified the Middle East's emerging role as a driver of demand for exotic pets of all taxa alongside the well-established and increasing role of South America and Southeast Asia in the market. Europe, North America, and the Middle East featured most heavily in trade reports to CITES, whereas trade involving South America and Southeast Asia were given most emphasis in the literature. For effective monitoring of and appropriate response to the international exotic pet trade, it is imperative that the reliability and detail of CITES trade reports improve and that scientific research be directed toward those taxa and locations that are most vulnerable.

Purpose and Need for Exotic Plant ManagementThe Redwood National and State Parks together comprise a World Heritage Site, so designated for the rugged coastlines, streams, rivers, and ancient redwood forests. The parks are mandated to protect this heritage for public inspiration and enjoyment, and to ensure passage unimpaired to future generations. Currently, there are more than 200 species of exotic plants in the Redwood National and State Parks. More than thirty of these are invasive species. At least ten exotic plant species threaten the parks' native species and ecosystems. Exotic plant management is a necessary part of the responsibility to protect our natural heritage. Control of harmful exotic plants requires both a guiding plan and long-term, steadfast commitment. Short-term lapses allow invasive species to expand quickly and to negate previous control efforts. The threat of invasive exotic species will not disappear. The keys to successful control are a systematic approach and consistent follow-up. Controlling invasive exotics is a universal challenge of importance beyond simply the parks. To learn more, when finished here, you may wish to visit other web sites on exotic plant management.

The origin of plant species (native or exotic) can be found in the Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California (Hickman, 1993) and other authorities. Of the flowering plants found in the parks to date, slightly more than 200 are exotic, representing about a quarter of the flora. The number of exotic species and dominance by exotics varies widely by vegetation type. So far, less than 1 percent of the plant coverage within the old-growth redwood forests is from exotic species. In contrast, the Bald Hills prairies have an extensive list of exotic plant species, with a relative cover of 50 to 75 percent. The nature of threats from exotics differs in separate areas of the parks. The parks' response to each threat is site-specific, but based on an overall management strategy. 041b061a72

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