Rainforest Reptile Refuge Society
1395 176 Street, Surrey, BC, V3S 9S7
604-538-1711 Fax: 604-538-1711
Crawling with cold-blooded creatures this non-profit society provides shelter for abused and abandoned exotic pets.
|Store Type |||Other Services|
|October-June: Sat-Sun: 12PM-4:30PM Summer Hours: Tues-Sun: 11AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: March 03, 2008
This place is practically crawling with cold-blooded creatures like snakes, turtles, lizards, crocodiles and toads. Don’t be fooled though, the Rainforest Reptile Refuge Society isn't an exotic pet shop. It's a sanctuary for reptiles and amphibians that were abandoned and neglected by their owners.
Creepy Crawlers in Every Corner
The group, spearheaded by Clarence and Christine Schramm, is committed to the nursing, treatment and protection of indigenous and foreign species of reptiles and amphibians. Every year thousands of reptiles and amphibians are taken from their native habitats and introduced into the pet trade. Unfortunately after living as pets, many of these critters are unable to be reintroduced into the wild. The Rainforest Reptile Refuge Society offers these creatures a permanent shelter where they can live out their days among other members of their own species. Animals currently in their care include a yellow anaconda, Burmese pythons, rough green snakes, soft-shelled and freshwater turtles, green iguanas, skinks, Chinese water dragons, monitor lizards, caimans, green tree frogs, giant toads and hairy tarantulas. Besides acting as a shelter, the Refuge has a wealth of information to educate and raise public awareness about these animals.
Adopt a Croc
The rehabilitated animals in the shelter are not for sale, but visitors can "sponsor" them for a year. The tax-deductible contribution includes a certificate, passes to the shelter, self-addressed labels, and a cool laminated piece of snake or lizard shedding. The Rainforest Reptile Refuge Society is open to the public. Group tours for a minimum of 10 people are available from Tuesday to Friday, starting at 10:30 a.m. Sometimes evening and weekend timeslots are available for groups. Remember to call ahead to book your tour. If you want to volunteer, contact the society – they’ll be happy to hear from you.