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HANS F. KOENIG MEMORIAL FUND


Hans F. Koenig May 20,1955 - January 18, 2013
Hans F. Koenig 1955 - 2013                             Photo by Krista Koenig Bakke



Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research (SWCHR) Board Member Hans F. Koenig 57, passed away Friday, January 18, 2013 after suffering a massive heart attack at work in Salmon, Idaho. Hans had a lifelong interest in reptiles and amphibians. As a teenager he traveled throughout Nevada and parts of northern California giving talks about and showing snakes to groups of students at numereous grade schools.

After graduating from the University of Nevada-Reno with a degree in zoology, Hans traveled to South Africa where he worked as the Assistant Curator at the Transvaal Snake Park. He was then hired as a Game Warden at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve (Pilanesberg Game Reserve eventually evolved into Bophuthatswana National Park) in what was then Bophuthatswana (Bophurthatswana is now a part of South Africa). After spending several years in Africa, he returned home to the U.S in 1983.

Hans worked briefly as a Game Warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife before finally accepting a position as a Game Warden with the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1989. He was assigned to "the strip"...that remote portion of Arizona located between the Colorado River and the Utah state line. Hans eventually became the Arizona Game and Fish Field Supervisor for this area. Later he transfered to Tucson as a Field Supervisor and remained there until he retired from the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 2008.

While living in Tucson, Hans was active in the Tucson Herpetological Society and served on their Board of Directors for several years.


When the Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research (SWCHR) was being founded, Hans immediately stepped up to help out. He was actively involved in the development of the Association's Articles of Association and he was among the first few people who joined as Charter Members of SWCHR. In 2010 Hans was elected to the SWCHR Board of Directors as a Board Member at Large, a position he held until his death.

After his retirement from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Hans moved his family north to Salmon, Idaho where he accepted a position with the State of Idaho as Project Manager for the Upper Salmon River Watershed Program, a position he still held when he died on January 18, 2013.

Shortly after Hans' death we were contacted by a family member in regard to establishing a memorial fund in Hans' memory to support SWCHR in achieving the purpose and objectives set forth in our Articles of Association. From the beginning Hans was a strong supporter of SWCHR and firmly believed in the organization's goals, therefore, SWCHR has established the Hans Koenig Memorial Fund.

The Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research (SWCHR) is a Texas non-profit association with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status under the provisions of the IRS Tax Code, making gifts to the Hans F. Koenig Memorial Fund tax deductable. Each January SWCHR furnishes all donors with written documentation of their gifts for the prior year for tax purposes.

Arizona Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana pyromelana) photographed by Bill Koenig
  Arizona Mountain Kingsnake  (Lampropeltis pyromelana pyromelana)                                                                         Photo by Bill Koenig

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Northern Rubber Boa - Charina bottae Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)                                                                                         Photo by Krista Koenig Bakke




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