Hi! I'm Tennyson Jones, a high school senior and I need your help...
I volunteer at an animal sanctuary in north Phoenix where we take care of over 400 African Sulcata Tortoises who have been donated or rescued by the Phoenix Herpetological Society.
Even though we live in the desert, our winter nights get cold and these creatures need to stay warm. Sulcata tortoises are not native to Arizona and our winter temperatures put them at risk of dangerous respiratory infections. I love them and so created a fundraiser to build them 12 new winter enclosures to keep them cozy and safe.
Will you help me support them and protect these amazing creatures?
The Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) Sanctuary is an amazing place and has changed my life!
PHS cares for more than 1,200 animals and gives kids a chance to learn about animal conservation and work with some incredible reptiles. Some are native to Arizona (like rattlesnakes, king snakes, gila monsters, and many species of lizards), and some very exotic (like saltwater crocodiles, cobras, monitor lizards, and false gharials).
PHS has become a second family for me. I started coming here as a summer camper six years ago, then became a counselor-in-training (CIT), and am now a part-time volunteer. I get to work with the incredible staff of animal conservationists, educators, and caretakers . . . and, of course, the tortoises!
My hands-on learning experiences at PHS have given me a focus for college: The scientific study of wildlife in their native environments. And what started off as a week-long summer camp has evolved into a calling. I am so grateful that the animals and staff at PHS have embraced me as a member of their family, and I have found my career path with their inspiration.
I want to help these creatures but I need your help to do it. We’re going to build Ten’s ‘Tort Resorts for these amazing animals with your support.
Please share this GoFundMe page and donate to help these tortoises. I am excited to make a difference in the world and hope you will see that you can make a difference, too.