About Benjamin Tapley

My interests in animals, predominantly amphibians and reptiles began when I was a small child. Thankfully my interest was nurtured by my long suffering parents who put up with finding snakes wrapped around curtain poles, slow worms in pockets and crickets living behind the kitchen oven. My passion for herps only strengthened as I got older and my interest has taken me to Jersey, France, Madagascar and Colombia where I have been fortunate enough to work with and observe in the wild many incredible species.

I was lucky enough to develop this passion into a career; I trained as a Conservation Biologist and I currently work for the herpetology department at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. My particular area of interest lies in the Ex situ management of amphibians and reptiles for conservation purposes. I am also interested in the trade of live amphibians and reptiles as exotic pets.