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People Who Made The Nat: Laurence Klauber

Born in San Diego in 1883, he was a prominent businessman with many hobbies. But nothing fascinated Laurence Klauber more than reptiles—rattlesnakes in particular. You could say he never met a rattlesnake he didn’t like. And he met more than 12,000 of them. 

After becoming a self-taught expert, he wrote the book on rattlesnakes (literally, it was a 1,550-page definitive guide). Laurence Klauber ultimately donated 36,000 specimens to The Nat, making our rattlesnake collection the biggest in the world. He’s one of the people whose love of nature made The Nat what it is today. 

Come spend a day at The Nat and see our ever-growing collection of specimens. Each one has a story to tell. 

The story of The Nat is the story of regular people doing special things. People who love nature and want to enjoy it and protect it for others. They made us who we are today. And today, big things are happening as we celebrate our 150th anniversary. We’re here for nature. And we’re here because of people like you, who love it as much as we do. Learn how to be part of the biggest year in our history. 

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