Founded in 2004 by hobbyist and conservationalist Claudia Dickinson, the C.A.R.E.S. (Conservation, Awareness, Recognition and Responsibility, Encouragement, Sharing and Support) Preservation Program is based on the critical and timely significance of Conservation, our Awareness, as hobbyists, of the issues involved, the public Recognition of members, our Responsibilities as fish keepers, member Encouragement, Sharing of fish and data, and Support for those who take part in playing a vital role in ensuring a positive future for species-at-risk. The purpose of the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program is to encourage hobbyists worldwide to devote tank space to one or more species-at-risk and distribute offspring to fellow qualified hobbyists, while forming an information network between aquarists, scientists, and conservationists. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program may be implemented by societies, educational institutions, and independent aquarium retailers, as all are encouraged and welcome to participate. Whatever one's level of expertise, there is a fish for you. Please plan to begin with a species that you are most comfortable working with, and a support team will be ready to assist, guide, and counsel you as needed.
The foundation for any program relies on the strength in its roots, which results in a solid base for growth and enrichment as we move into the future. For the hobbyist, the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program is intrinsic as the aquarium hobby does, in fact, truly care.
The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program has four major objectives:
a) to bring AWARENESS to the critical situation of fish in nature, while educating and stressing the importance of our roles as RESPONSIBLE aquarists;
b) to RECOGNIZE, ENCOURAGE, and offer SUPPORT to hobbyists who maintain species-at-risk;
c) to SHARE fish as well as data and experiences through notes, graphing, and manuscripts so that others may learn to maintain those identical, and similar species; and
d) to PRESERVE species-at-risk for future generations.