Words From the Editor

By Ken Kalisch


Kalisch, K. (2002). Words from the editor. Chameleons! Online E-Zine, May 2002. (http://www.chameleonnews.com/02MayKalischWFTE.html)

Welcome to our newest issue!

Your response to the premier issue was bigger than even we expected. We've had viewers from Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and too many others to name them all. It was truly amazing and gratifying to see the volume of people that visited the site from all over the world. Thank you for your support, interest and feedback. The site is here to help everyone everywhere, so it is even more encouraging with this level of interest. Now, let me share a brief glimpse of what you have to look forward to in this issue!

This issue promises to be an event, with the central focus being Island of Madagascar. We have brought together several diverse viewpoints of this unique island. Allison Banks has joyously shared her views of her trip there and her thoughts on species population density counts, with her own special brand of humor. Chris Anderson has shared his experiences of searching for Furcifer minor on the island, examining the pros and cons of the habitat changes and the impact it has had on this species. Chris also shares his efforts to breed and establish this beautiful chameleon in captivity. Euan John Edwards takes us on the oftentimes-bumpy road of the life of a guide and the sometimes-unexpected events that occur in the process of getting from point A to point B.

In keeping with the topic of Madagascar, we have a very interesting article, Madagascar Shipment March 19, 2002: What happened? This details the events of the controversial shipment of reptiles that came into the US this March. If you had any questions about it, I think you'll find your answers and more!

Dr. Greek has written an article on doing a chameleon necropsy what will change everyone's awareness of their chameleons. Wait till you see the pictures!

We also have the good fortune to have the continuing contributions of Dr. Sue Donoghue with her column on Nutrition. This issue's focus is calcium in the diet. Our own Contributing Editor, Don Wells shares his insight and wisdom with us again with Q & A's on chameleons in his "Just Ask!" column.

And for something completely different, your editor, Ken Kalisch, has broken out from his long running stint of writing exclusively on chameleons to share his recently acquired interest and experiences with Madagascar's Uroplatus geckos.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all who contributed their time and knowledge to this issue, with a special thanks to all the authors.

We hope that you find this issue to be a useful addition to your growing knowledgebase. Enjoy the issue, and please, if you have any thoughts or information you'd like to share or see here, feel free to drop us a line!

Thank you,



Ken Kalisch

Ken Kalisch has worked with over 40 species of chameleons in the last decade. He was co-editor of the Chameleon information Network, as well as being published by Advanced Vivarium Systems dealing with his experience breeding Calumma parsonii parsonii in captivity. He was the editor of this CHAMELEONS! EZine from March 2002-March 2004.


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