These desert animals are in high demand on the black market—and it's a big problem.
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.
Event Tags: animals, Arizona, black market, Dr. Cecil Schwalbe, event, free event, illegal, lecture, reptiles, the national parks store, wildlife