I don't know any herpers personally, but I have dealt with Chris from Ottawa/Fredricton and Deb damzookeeper (who btw is female), and they were both really cool people. Of course I'm out of the loop for now because my landlord won't let me keep pets
I used to have wild pet pigeons who'd visit me every day but they've disappeared
They had a nest and an egg on my balcony but my landlord threw it away because they were shitting everywhere. I do agree that there doesn't seem to be nearly as many females out there as males.