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Two children’s zoos. One is dedicated to reptiles and amphibians, including alligators and giant tortoises. The other takes his hat off to a variety of mammals, courtesy of Funny Foot Farm and the Children’s Zoo on West Wetmore Road.

Educational exhibits, including one from the Phoenix Herpetological Society featuring exotic poisonous snakes from around the world.

The Tucson Herpetological Society, a group of nearly 400 members that has been promoting education regarding amphibians and reptiles found in southern Arizona since 1988, will exhibit a few creatures, said Robert Villa, president of the society.

“It’s a good show,” Villa said. “We engage with a lot of people, a lot of children. This is one of our main goals, to educate young people about native species and instill in them a sense of appreciation for our wild animals. “

Elianna Ornelas, 2, seems a little suspicious of “Maynard”, a 26-year-old black throat instructor at the 2014 Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show and Sale.

Mike Christy, Arizona Daily Star

A retired physician and former snake breeder, Wolfson started the reptile and amphibian show with a friend after selling at shows in Phoenix and California.

Their first show was at a 1,500 square foot venue in town that they rented for around $ 300 for the weekend.

“We had always wanted to do something like this,” Wolfson said. “It has gone through several iterations since then. ”

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