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Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary

Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary’s Mission Statement:

“Promote conservation and preservation of native and non-native reptiles through education, rehabilitation, rescue, and relocation”


The Phoenix Herpetological Society 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.  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. 



This Year's Goal:

Tortoise houses - $7,500

Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary is home to over 400 African Sulcata Tortoises. OMG Why so many?! These animals are the most dropped off species at the sanctuary. Living over 100 years and getting over 150 pounds makes them a hard pet for most people to have. These animals are surrendered, abandoned and sometimes escape from people’s homes.
We have quite a few shelters built on the property but many of them are quite old and need to be completely rebuilt. These animals need to be heated throughout the winter and new shelters will allow us to ensure they all have a warm home to go into!