Joseph Hart in front of the Reptile House shed which is painted with a desert landscape.
Joseph holding a native Rosy Boa snake up to his face in front of the Reptile House door.

CALL ME THE REPTILE HUNTER

Good-day! I'm Joseph Hart, the Reptile Hunter! For as long as I can remember, I have had an absolute love for animals and the outdoors. As a young boy, I watched Steve Irwin's documentary series, The Crocodile Hunter, with wide eyes; I was instantly inspired by his passion and enthusiasm for wildlife (I also thank my mom for making me a wee bit on the wild side). At just six years old, my mom would take my younger brother and I out hiking, and it was then that I caught my first lizard! After that, I was catching critters anytime and anywhere! As my passion for wildlife exploded in my high school years, so did my knowledge. I started working for a local pet store and volunteering at Sunshine Haven, a wildlife rehabilitation center. These opportunities allowed me to grow a deeper understanding about our wildlife and gain hands-on experience working with domestic and wild animals.

As a twenty-two year old with the drive and passion to change the world, or at least my little corner of it, I still enjoy my youth. When I'm not caring for my favorite little creatures, you can find me rock climbing in Joshua Tree, snowboarding in Montana, reading about western stories, or roadtripping with my girlfriend, and Reptile Hunter co-owner, Josephine. Though I continue to make time to enjoy the things I love, I know that the story of my greatest adventure starts with today. I dream of owning and operating my own wildlife sanctuary where I can both rehabilitate animals in need of rescue and educate the public on the importance of wildlife conservation. I have a long journey ahead of me, but I am passionately and enthusiastically up for the challenge, and I hope you follow me for the ride; it's ALWAYS an adventure!

Joseph Hart on top of a large mountain with a wide horizon holding a sign saying that he made it.
Josephine on top of Joseph's shoulder wearing a white sweater, in front of the Oregon coast.

The mission behind Reptile Hunter is to promote the importance of wildlife conservation through animal rehabilitation and public education. We strive to create a community of people passionate about wildlife, as well as provide mentorship and volunteering opportunities to our youth.

OUR MISSION