O ne of the objectives of the habitat restoration project on Iberus gualtierianus in which I am working (see last section of my "Malacological Curriculum ") was related to public sensibilization about the need of preservation of this local endemic species.
And nothing better to achieve that aim to make a shell show of land snails that could expose the enormous biodiversity of this animal group so unknown to the citizenship.
Well, that was how the initiative emerged to make this second shell exhibition under the title of "Land Snails: a huge variety of colors and shapes", in collaboration with the Department of Environment of the City Council of Jaen. I take this opportunity to thank the effort and interest shown by the friends Jose Luis Cano (environmental councilorman of the City Council of Jaen) and Antonio Tudela (environmental technician of the City Council of Jaen) to be completed this proposal as a reality.
The shell show took place between 11 and Nov. 21, 2008 at the Arts Room of the Patronato de Cultura of Jaen City Council at C / Maestra of Jaen.
The objectives of this shell exhibition were as follows:
Moreover, wide information on a lot of issues related to mollusks (and a few on marine ones) was exhibit:
- Bringing the visitor to the unknown world of land snails through the enormous variety of their shells
- Providing the visitor some information to better appreciate this animal group
- Show how important is to respect nature and avoid that animals as beautiful as they can get to be in danger of extinction, with special emphasis on the excellent case represented by the Iberus gualtierianus gualtierianus of Jaen
- To publicize the habitat restoration project of this endemic species in an restricted area near the city of Jaen
• How they are classified
• What is the main subjects on their basic biology
• What are the most spectacular and colorful shells
• What are some of the rarest and the greatest
• What should be the ethics handbook for collectors, and so on
A selection of about 1000 species (2,000 specimens) grouped by families were presented. This was complemented by a series of 13 panels with many high quality photographs designed to get an affordable and easy reading for any visitor.
Let me invite you to have a look at the pictures below all related to this second shell exhibition.
The opening ceremony of the show attracted high deal of excitement among local media. The event was covered by TV media (Localia, OndaJaén, and Canal Sur), means of radio in which I spoke in direct (Ser Natural of Cadena Ser, and The Vertical of Punto Radio), newspapers (Jaen, Ideal and Viva Jaén) as well as news online (www.noticiascadadia.com and the S.E.M. Website).
The overall result of this second exhibit was tremendously positive, in fact it broke all previous records of exhibitions of the same duration in Jaen, with more than 3100 visitors. Many visitors returned in two, three times or even more frequently and also many of them asked me for an extension of the shell show duration and the possibility to install a suggestion box to request for a second part of this exhibition with my collection of marine species.
I can not conclude this section without thanking wholeheartedly especially my father for the assistance provided in all the work of assembling and disassembling and Alex Olid for their professionalism and support in the preparation of the material that accompanied the exhibition and that certainly endowed a perfect climate for the enjoyment of the citizens of Spain.