Daniel Marchand, Executive Curator of the Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary, gives a tour of the sanctuary and its collection of reptiles and amphibians. Marchand explains the danger of handling the animals, including crocodiles, black mambas and snakes. The sanctuary's collection includes 13 South American black caiman, which are currently protected and endangered, and nine of which are housed at the sanctuary. The sanctuary also houses six false gharials, which are the oldest living in captivity and 38 of which are on display across the US. Marchand explains that the sanctuary started off as a rescue for animals brought into the state illegally or found wandering in the state, but also includes animals that have been imported from overseas. The sanctuary also houses rhinoceros iguanas, which are an endangered species, and Grand Cayman Blue Rock iguanas, which are only found on one island in the world. Marchand explains that the sanctuary's primary mission is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the animals and to educate the public about their important role in the ecosystem.
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