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The results of our research need to be accessible to the public, in a comprehensible language and
through their involvement and contribution. That is exactly what we do through our education
programm. It aims contribution to the better understanding of the biology of amphibians and reptiles
and of the ecology of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in general.

The way amphibians and reptiles are seen by the Albanians changed over the years due to continuous
efforts made on education. Making them see these animals, especially snakes, as very important part of
the ecosystem was not an easy task. We have found the presence in folklore of many tails and legends
involving snakes as beasts and killing animals, while in reality there are just 3 specimens of venomous
snakes which never attack humans if not felt threatened by their presence, and 2 semi-venomous
snakes which could not inject their venom if the prey is not swallowed. This popular perception
threatened the populations of snakes because they were killed when seen by the humans. Lectures held
on the ecological importance of snakes in the nature, especially their contribution into keeping in
control the population of rodents like mice and rats which cause enormous damages in crops and other
agriculture cultures, as well as vectors of some diseases, gave a contribution into the way they are seen

Members and researchers of the Herpetofauna Albanian Society regularly visited schools, universities,
communities and hotels giving lectures about the amphibians and reptiles living in Albania. Starting from
February 26 th 2016, we opened the Patok Sea Turtle Research and First Aid Center, the first centre
dedicated to research and education on marine environment in Albania. Since then, the Patok Sea Turtle
Center became the place where majority of the HAS’s education activities take place.

Sea turtle day celebration is a tradition which continues since 2010 and covers all ages, backgrounds and
interest groups.