Thank You For Your Support
If you are new and looking to join the Australian Herpetological Society,
please have a look below to see our membership benefits and what it means to be a member of the AHS.
About the Australian
The AHS was founded in 1949 and is the first natural history society in Australia devoted specifically to herpetology. It is a not for profit society for anyone interested in reptiles and amphibians, run by a committee of dedicated volunteers. Our membership covers all ages and levels of interest.
Are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA) – Mitchell Theatre, 280 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000 starting at 7.30pm. We strive to provide a yearly calendar of expert speakers covering a range of herpetological topics. Some meetings may be at alternative larger venues, particularly for our annual International Speaker evening. Meetings at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts are free for members, and their families. Non-members are welcome to attend with a $5 cover charge.
The society is privileged to hold a scientific licence that permits the active seeking out of herpetofauna for the purposes of surveying. We are the only herpetological society authorized to undertake such activities. Our field trips are an excellent way of getting out into the bush to learn more about native reptiles and frogs, as well as spending time socialising and learning from other enthusiasts. We also have an ongoing commitment with the Sydney Olympic Park to survey the parklands, and generally hold two half-day surveys each spring. Field trip attendance is only available to members and their families.
Each year we aim to provide a full colour newsletter for our members. We also provide discounted sales of journals (such as Herpetofauna), and books at our meetings.
In addition to the above benefits your membership entitles you and three others (2 adults and 2 children) to one entry at each of the following:
- Australian Reptile Park at Somersby on the NSW Central Coast
- Symbio Zoo at Helensburgh just south of Sydney
- Australian national Zoo at Canberra
To learn more about the society please visit our webpage, while the AHS Facebook Page has the most up to date information about events.
We hope you enjoy being a member of the AHS and wish you ‘happy herping’!
Exclusive Membership Discounts
The AHS exclusively offers members and their families one free visit annually to the Australian Reptile Park at Somersby NSW, Symbio Wildlife Park at Helensburgh NSW and National Zoo and Aquarium Canberra on presentation of their membership card. This will be punched on entry on the specific symbol for each park. Please note, the multi park pass offer is for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (children’s age limits as per the individual park’s entry requirements). Memberships expire at the end of April each year.
The AHS offers Members and their Families one free visit annually to:
- the Australian Reptile Park, Somersby NSW
- Symbio Wildlife Park, Helensburgh NSW
- National Zoo and Aquarium, Canberra ACT
Your Membership card must be present upon visit, this will be hole-punched upon entry on the specific symbol for each park. Please note, the multi park pass offer is for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (children’s age limits as per the individual park’s entry requirements).
Your membership also includes:
- Free entry to meetings for member and their family
- Field trip attendance for member and their family
- Yearly publication of the Red Bellied Courier
Membership Fees and Expirey
$50.00 annual membership fee
Memberships expire every year on the 30th of April, you can either renew online or in person at the AHS Meetings.