The Documentation Center for Species Protection was founded in 1984. We see our main objective in reviewing scientific documents, specifically applications made by member states for the CITES CoPs in the form of a brief summary. We see ourselves as an organisation providing scientifically reviewed documents on endangered species to other (large) species protection organisations. Thanks to our excellent sources with regard to a wide range of animal and plant species (aquarium, terrarium and aviculture associations, hunting, timber trade, succulent and orchid associations, and the pet trade) we are always well-informed about what is going on with regard to how species are being used. However, our team is primarily concerned with fighting for those species of animals and plants that generally receive little or no support from other big organisations because they are not as eye-catching as others. There are many people fighting for tigers, elephants, whales and marine tortoises, above all because it is easy to get donations for such animals, whereas hardly anyone fights for frogs, snakes, succulents or orchids. Well, we do! All permanent members provide their services on a voluntary basis. Nevertheless, we still need funds. Phones, faxes, copiers, computers and office material all cost money. The lion's share of expenses, however, is on conferences of the parties held by CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora), on travel, hotels, food (all of which on a low budget) and, above all, on leaflets and information sheets for all delegates at the CITES conferences. Most of the funds are provided by the SCHMUCK property manager company and from income as a species protection expert; only a small part of funds comes from donations. Of course, we are interested in receiving donations, albeit only from people or companies not wishing to exert any influence on our activities and only intending to support us, particularly at the CITES conferences. Although we have reviewed all applications for the CITES conferences since 1985, we do have specific interests: all endangered animals and plants of Madagascar, South America and the Caribbean. We are particularly involved in the protection of fish, reptiles, amphibians and primates, as well as succulents and orchids. We also give special attention to the protection of tropical timber.