North Scottsdale reptile sanctuary hosts ‘Twilight Croc Walk’

The Phoenix Herpetological Society is holding a “Twilight Croc Walk” 7-10 p.m. May 16, an event that allows attendees to see 21 of the world’s 24 species of crocodiles.

New Guinea Crocodile. (Photo courtesy Phoenix Herpetological Society)

New Guinea Crocodile. (Photo courtesy Phoenix Herpetological Society)

As part of the “Twilight Croc Walk,” visitors to PHS will have dinner, watch crocodiles and alligators eat, learn about nocturnal reptiles and find crocs and gators in their enclosures after dark by using a flashlight.

PHS has the second-largest collection of crocodilians in the United States.

Admission to the event is $25, which includes access to all demonstrations and reptile feedings, gator interactions, a meal ticket (hot dog or hamburger, bag of chips and drink), and a handheld flashlight to count crocs.

Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free (a meal ticket can be purchased for $5). Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

PHS is located in north Scottsdale, near 76th Street and Dynamite Road. Registrants will be given directions to the sanctuary.

To register, contact Crystie at crystie@phoenixherp.com or go to www.phoenixherp.com.

Phoenix Herpetological Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued reptiles and educating the public about the creatures. PHS was founded in 2001, and operates a sanctuary on more than two acres of privately owned land in north Scottsdale.

PHS is home to nearly 1,700 native and exotic reptiles, many of them endangered and participants in captive breeding repopulation programs. The sanctuary offers unique opportunities to get close to and, in some cases, interact with snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises from the Desert Southwest and around the world.

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