Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary

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Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary

Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a statewide facility that includes a surrender facility, education program, summer camps and rescue and rehabilitation. Visit over 1700 reptiles in their natural habitat while expert guides describe origin, diet, and conservation status. Students may even interact with some critically endangered animals. See more than 230 venomous snakes in the Venom & Research Lab as well as alligators, crocodiles, Galapagos tortoises, Gila monsters, just to name a few.
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RoadtrippingGirl2014
Prince George, Canada141 contributions
We did the Curator for the Day program. This experience and this facility are absolutely incredible. A full day (9-4), one on one with one of the curators. A full tour of the facility in the morning then helping them work (feeding the animals) in the afternoon. My 10-yr old nephew was in awe, there were so many cool animals, and being able to hold and interact with them was such a cool experience (I think there were 5 or 6 different snakes he held, plus lizards, turtles, tortoises, etc.). The curator was super knowledgeable and passionate about the animals. This facility is such an important place where they educate people on native species, how to handle them if encountered, and where people can surrender animals they can no longer take care off. We highly recommend a tour of this place, or if you have a full day to spend there to take advantage of the Curator for the Day program. We came down from Canada just for this experience and it did not disappoint! One of the coolest things we have ever done!
Written April 25, 2022
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Midwesterner2013
Saint Louis, MO55 contributions
Fantastic tour. Very knowledgeable guides. Fascinating place. Just wish it was better at Covid protocols. Everyone wore a mask, mostly correctly, but it was very crowded inside and out. I would give it 5 stars if they could fix that.
Written March 3, 2021
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beachbeachlove
Coronado, CA33 contributions
I had no idea this sanctuary was tucked back here! It is very interesting. We toured with a little group of 10-11 year old boys who were fascinated with all the critters. It was educational and really cool to be that close to gators that are THAT big. Enjoy!!
Written January 10, 2020
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designkelly
Phoenix, AZ38 contributions
Family
A magical place if you love reptiles. I took. Your in Feb 2021, and decided to start volunteering afterwards.
This is basically a zoo for reptiles. All kinds, turtles, snakes , lizards and crocodilians.

It’s a unique property in the middle of North Scottsdale.

They have many types of tours and events available.
Written June 27, 2022
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kencatron
Las Vegas, NV1,573 contributions
Family
This is a wonderful place to learn about and explore reptiles. Much more than a zoo, you get close up with these animals, often getting to hold and touch some. From venomous and non-venomous snakes to tortoises, lizards, alligators, and others this non-profit rescue facility is a tremendous learning experience. You have to schedule an appointment for a visit because it's managed by an extremely small staff. But this means that there's not a bunch people running around - it's truly an intimate visit. Great for schools or groups, families or just a few people. There is a small donation fee for the visit which is tax deductible. Should definitely by on your "must see" list for the Phoenix area.
Written April 15, 2015
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Thank you so much for your kind words about our facility! We hope you'll come back to visit again soon!
Written October 29, 2015
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lricobeck
Chicago, IL26 contributions
Family
This is a totally unique place to get up close with a huge variety of reptiles (and a couple of mammals). Hundreds of sulcata tortoises roam, interact, and walk right up to you in several large habitats. Several other tortoises live in smaller habitats - including non-indigenous Hermann's tortoise, Russian, and Greek tortoises, as well as the local Sonoran Desert Tortoises. We visited at the end of a particularly warm spring week, and saw tortoises and snakes coming out of hibernation. We also saw crocodiles, alligators, caymans, all sorts of lizards and iguanas. We actually got to see crocodiles mating! The tour guide was absolutely outstanding - his passion for the work of protecting reptiles, preserving habitats, and educating the public about these animals - both their beauty and the proper way to interact with them (for our and their safety) - was only matched by his deep knowledge of these animals. They are a no-kill sanctuary that also engages in breeding of endangered species (e.g. black caymans), and they have a couple of non-reptiles as well - south American Armadillos, a pygmy otter, a raccoon, a wallaby. My absolute favorite: the 3 Galapagos tortoises. Really amazing.
Written March 19, 2017
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Marc Feldman
Endwell, NY102 contributions
Couples
We highly recommend taking a tour of this rescue, sanctuary. The tours are extremely informative and worth the 2 hours. You will be amazed at the 1800+ animals that they have rescued from closing zoos, the desert, animals brought to them from the Arizona Game & Fish, Humane Societies, etc.
Written January 3, 2017
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joyce123Q
Mount Juliet70 contributions
There are a few public tours every month. The naturalist who gave us the extensive tour of the facility was interesting and you could feel his passionfor the animals' welfare. Easy walking, there are places to sit and enough shade. Every exhibit was fascinating, never been so close to the open mouth of an alligator, always safely separated. 2-12 hours we were finished, but invited to continue back to some of the exhibits. The children in the family who toured in our group seemed to really enjoy the experience, more up close and personal than at traditional zoos. Get there early or stay late to see all the turtle pens. Highly recommend for nature, reptile and animal lovers.
Written November 13, 2016
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Donna B
Maui, HI124 contributions
Family
I found the Herpetological Society about four years ago and started taking my grandchildren. My five and seven year olds were fascinated with all of the reptiles, begging to go back every time they came. As the sanctuary became more popular I started doing private tours for them. When Mom went back to work they bribed her into letting them come to Scottsdale for Snake Camp. It was a huge success. It is the largest facility, I think of its kind in the world. Google them and sign up for a tour. You will not be disappointed. Ask for Nate!! I love the pic of my granddaughter with a snake around her neck. No fear!!
Written October 27, 2016
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jtimbo
phoenix, AZ111 contributions
Family
We weren't really into reptiles, including snakes and crocs; however, when we got to this relatively unknown place, we were overwhelmed at how fascinating this small zoo is. I have lived here for 48 years and never heard or read about it, but a friend suggested that our grandkids would love it....and they did! they are 7 1/2 and 4 1/2. They had a wide variety of animals and a great selection within certain breeds, like albino snakes, giant tortoises, turtles, and really large crocs. Our guide, Anthony, helped make it even more special due to his knowledge of the details of the animals, and their history. It's well worth going to visit. This may be our new favorite place to go with visitors! I highly recommend a visit.
Written May 13, 2015
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Thank you so much for your kind words about our facility! We are so glad that you found out about us and we hope you'll come back to visit again soon!
Written October 29, 2015
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Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary is open:
  • Mon - Sat 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM