"Promote conservation and preservation of native and non-native reptiles through education, rehabilitation, rescue, and relocation"
PHS was founded in 2001 by three long-time, passionate reptile enthusiasts with a vision to make a difference for reptiles in the state of Arizona. There were plenty of organizations to rescue many species of animals from dogs and cats to birds. However, there was no such facility or refuge for unwanted or rescued reptiles.
Reptile owners had no outlet to relinquish ownership if needed nor was there a resource to acquire accurate, reliable information on the care and husbandry of reptiles as pets. In addition, native and non-native species were being destroyed by state facilities and other animal rescue agencies solely due to lack of knowledge regarding care and housing of these amazing creatures – native and exotic. In response, the Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) was launched.
Today PHS is a fully operational, 2½ acre rescue and rehabilitation center with an onsite reptile clinic and research center located in northern Scottsdale. A dedicated team of over 20 individuals volunteer regularly to maintain the sanctuary and care for hundreds of reptiles housed at the facility. PHS works with state and federal wildlife officials and law enforcement to care for and house unwanted or seized reptiles from across the U.S.
PHS at a glance is hard to accomplish!! Did you know we do all of these things?!
~Take in surrendered reptiles (sometimes mammals too!)
~Work with AZGFD with illegally kept animals
~Educate the public on Desert safety,Reptiles from around the world, invasive species and more!
~Take in Lost and Found reptiles
~Remove and Relocate reptiles Hotline # 602-550-1090
~Reptile (nonvenomous and venomous) relocation/handing classes for local police/fire/animal control and the public
~Endangered species breeding for crocodilians and venomous snakes
~Largest Antivenom bank on the West coast
~Film with National Geographic, Animal Planet, History channel, Youtubers and more to educate about reptiles
~Aid various sanctuaries and zoos around the country to either take in (if they are closing) or provide animals
~Work with researchers from around the world who can use reptiles for their studies (humanely of course!)
~Keeping up with social media (like TikTok) to spread awareness about proper reptile care and to teach about them!
And so much more!!