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All are welcome to our herpetology meetings in the los angeles area!

Meetings - all are welcome!

LA/Van Nuys: General Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the East Valley Animal Shelter - 14409 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405

San Gabriel Valley: General Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center - 1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA.

Click the "learn more" buttons on the right for detailed information about speakers.

Objectives

To enhance the education of the members and the general public concerning the roles of amphibians and reptiles in the natural world.

To promote the conservation of reptiles and amphibians in particular, as well as all wildlife in general.

To provide information for the closer cooperation between amateur and professional herpetologists, that they may work together for the promotion of the science of herpetology.

Brief History

Founded in 1954 in Orange County, the Southwestern Herpetologists Society has met continuously in a variety of locations over the years. The Society currently has two chapters, the Los Angeles Chapter in the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley Chapter.

Membership in SWHS is open to anyone interested in the study and conservation of reptiles and amphibians.

Awesome Vets

Dr. Curtis Eng - http://exoticanimalcarecenter.com/

Dr Antin - http://conejovet.com/about-us/veterinarians/

Dr. Daniel Reimer - https://vcahospitals.com/adler

Dr. Attila Molnar - http://allanimals-veterinary.com/

Dr. Greek in Yorba Linda - http://gavh.net/

Awesome Links

http://www.zillarules.com/

https://www.tortoise.org/

Los Angeles Chapter

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Learn more about the Los Angeles Chapter of SWHS.

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San Gabriel Valley Chapter

All are welcome to our meetings!

Learn more about the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of SWHS.

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Wes Pollock

Wes Pollock, President

I hope to help my fellow SWHS members spread knowledge and increase awareness of our scaly and slimy friends. The information being brought forth from general keepers as well as professionals is opening new worlds for today's Herpetophiles, bringing previously unknown or unavailable species right into our living rooms either as living examples of the bounty of nature or through our media preferences.

Grayson Kent and Kodo

Grayson Kent and Kodo, Vice-President

Owner of Rock n Roll Reptiles http://rocknrollreptiles.net/

Peggy Wu

Peggy Wu, Secretary

The only herps I have are a young rhino iguana named Walter (trust me, he runs my entire life!) and a grey rat snake named Otto who goes to Education Outreach events with me. I joined the SWHS society late in 2012. In the time I have been a member, I have met some wonderful people who love animals, take action for conservation, and reach out to the community via education events and finding homes for abandoned herps. This is a great group of hard working herpers and I've learned so much from them already.

William Wu

William Wu, Treasurer (non-voting)

I'm not a herper, but my wife Peggy is. I help the Society by doing their taxes, and lots of loading and unloading her car for Outreach Events and meetings. Also, we published a fundraiser book for the Society and other animal rescues in the Los Angeles area. My website is www.williamwubooks.com

Rande Gallant

Rande Gallant, LA BOD Representative

See LA Chapter info

Jackson Gallant

Jackson Gallant, LA BOD Representative

I am the Sergeant at Arms and a BOD rep for the Los Angeles Chapter.

John Saint John

John Saint John, SGV BOD Representative

I have always been interested in Herpetology since I was a child. My family and I have always had a herp or several over the years; my favorite being Kingsnakes. I also house the adoption animals for the society. I have been in the Society on and off since 74. I wish to welcome everyone visiting this page to attend one of our meetings to say hello. We are always excited to meet likeminded people and are more than willing to help others with their pets.

Leah Saint John

Leah Saint John, SGV BOD Representative

I am a Member at Large for the San Gabriel Chapter. My husband John is an officer and runs the SWHS Adoption and Rescue Program.

John Saint John

John Saint John, Adoptions

I have always been interested in Herpetology since I was a child. My family and I have always had a herp or several over the years; my favorite being Kingsnakes. I also house the adoption animals for the society. I have been in the Society on and off since 74. I wish to welcome everyone visiting this page to attend one of our meetings to say hello. We are always excited to meet likeminded people and are more than willing to help others with their pets.

Barry Michael Wehrli

Barry Michael Wehrli, Newsletter Editor

My favorite reptiles are snakes, having had them since I was eight yrs. old. My wife and I currently keep snakes, along with box turtles and Russian tortoises. I'm a keyboardist, composer, author and educator. I have taught music since 1994, written and published several piano books through my company Wehrli Publications, and have performed throughout the country. Learn more about me at www.wehrlipubs.com.

Chris DeGroof

Chris DeGroof, Education Outreach

My wife and I joined SWHS a few years ago and our zoo of herps has expanded! We keep many kinds of snakes, lizards, frogs, and a tortoise, but my heart for animals has been stolen by the drymarchon genus of snakes (indigos and cribos). I am always looking forward to each herp event with the wonderful people of SWHS.

Alyssa Ganezer

Alyssa Ganezer, Legislation Chairman

I am the Legislation Chair for the SWHS.

Rande Gallant

Rande Gallant, Publications Chairman

I am the Publications Chairman for the SWHS and a Member at Large for the LA Chapter.

Peggy Wu

Peggy Wu , Membership Chairman

See above under Treasurer

Robert Twombley

Robert Twombley, Conservation Chairman

I am the Conservation Chairman for the Southwestern Herpetologists Society.

Sharon Shingai

Sharon Shingai, Junior Herpers

I have been an active member of SWHS for over ten years. I coordinate the Junior Herper program and support our educational outreach opportunities. I promote our Junior Herper program and recruit new members.

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