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National Parks Store | Presentation: Herps & Perps: The Black Market Trade of Arizona Reptiles

These desert animals are in high demand on the black market—and it's a big problem.

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Sunday, March 18
12 PM & 2 PM

Dr. Cecil Schwalbe, the first state herpetologist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses the continuing problem of illegal trading of Arizona wildlife. Focusing on a series of sting operations in the 1980s and recent arrests, Dr. Schwalbe delivers astute observations and some interesting insights. You will be amazed how quickly a state investigation becomes international and at the variety of animals involved: from Gila monsters and ridge-nosed rattlesnakes to cobras, Gaboon vipers, and green mambas. Pancho Gila the Gila Monster and Rocky the banded rock rattlesnake will make a special appearance at the conclusion of each presentation.


To request a reservation, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours beginning one week prior to the event.

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Sunday, March 18
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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