In spite of that the exanthematicus is caught from the wild in large numbers ( see export ), it doesn't seem that the animal must have the 'protected status'. There are still a large number of animals in the countries of origin and therefore they are not an endangered specie. This is because of the poverty in those countries and they do not have money for pesticides. Even if there are a lot of animals left, it's our obligation to promote and stimulate breeding for ourselves. I therefore hope that with this site I can make a small contribution.