The Tucson Herpetological Society is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to conservation, education and research concerning the amphibians and reptiles of Arizona and Mexico.

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Join our organization as a member and enjoy the benefits of our regular publication, members only information and support continuing efforts of education and conservation of our natural habitats!
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As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible! It’s a great way to give back to your local community, help further local conservation and take advantage of tax deductions.
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Our History

The Tucson Herpetological Society started as a result of a meeting, on December 29, 1987, of a group of individuals with a common interest in herpetology. This group, comprised of Steve Hale, Dave Hardy, Sr., Dave Hyatt, Jim Jarchow, Marcia Lincoln, Hugh McCrystal, Howard Lawler and Frank Retes, decided to establish a local herpetological society in Tucson.

Our initial goal was to hold monthly meetings with presentations on reptiles and amphibians. The first such meeting was held in January, 1988. Since then THS has become incorporated as a non-profit organization, published a monthly newsletter, opened a student chapter based on the University of Arizona campus, and has developed a range of educational outreach programs and educational publications.

And together with cooperation of or in collaboration with the entities below the THS has made strides in the preservation of amphibian and reptile species and associated habitat, addressed protection from (control or management of) regulation concerning invasive species , and recommended harvest restrictions for certain species of amphibians and reptiles.


Our Future

Our ongoing mission is to promote herpetological conservation, education, and research in Arizona and Mexico. The THS has earned the reputation as being the foremost research and conservation-based herpetological society in the nation. That is not going to change. We will continue to educate our members on the animals we love through our monthly meetings, publications, and website.

We will continue to create interest for our charges from the general public through our speaker’s bureau. Research in the Sonoran Desert region will be funded through the C.H. Lowe Herpetological Research Fund, and we will continue to recognize and reward extraordinary contributions to herpetological conservation though the Jarchow Conservation Award. We ultimately hope to generate enough fiscal strength to acquire, or assist in acquiring, a tract of land that will be a sanctuary for all native plants and animals that live within its boundaries.


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