1952 Roark 2014

Roark Ferguson

October 31, 1952 — July 27, 2014

Roark Ferguson, 61 was called to Heaven on July 27, 2014 by God and St.Francis of Assisi the patron saint of animals. Roark is survived by his daughter Jennifer Ferguson, granddaughter Amber Irizarry, two great grandchildren Adrian and Javier, his fiancée Felicia Smith, son Riddick Smith and his beloved animals. He will always be remembered for his generous heart, friendly demeanor, and love for all animals. Roark was a renowned Conservationist, Herpetologist, and Wildlife Adventurer. His life's work was about changing public perception about misunderstood creatures. Roark appeared on many television shows, was consulted by movie companies, and was well respected by animal enthusiasts throughout the world. He was affectionately known as 'The Big Snake Daddy' Throughout his career he has successfully rescued and raised countless species of reptiles, mammals, and birds of prey, placing many in the care of zoo's and rescues. Roark was the owner of Roark's Reptile Safari and operated S.C. Reptile Rescue. He worked with statewide law enforcement, Charleston Animal Society, SCDNR, U. S. Fish & Wildlife, and directed a 21 acre exotic wildlife rescue. Roark was President of the South Carolina Association of Animals and Reptile Keepers, President of the Southeast Hot Herp Society's SC Chapter, the former Zoological Director of Alligator Adventure, Crocodilian Advisory Consultant to the SC Aquarium, Founder and former President of the South Carolina Herpetocultural Society, a member of the SC State Animal Advisory Review Board and served on numerous wildlife and conservation advisory boards to keep reptiles and exotic animals available to hobbyists and professionals alike . A memorial service will be announced at a later date. This is a very sad time not only for us but for the animals as well. Thank you to all of our friends for showing such love, compassion, and support, there is no bond like the fur, feather, and scale family... To honor Roark's life, love and passion we ask that in lieu of flowers... donations be made to support and continue the care and daily needs of food, supplies and vet care for the rescued animals that Roark loved and cared for on a daily basis. Thank you again to all of our friends for your support during this great time of sadness. Donations may be made in memory of Roark Ferguson to http://www.gofundme.com/Roarks-Rescue or the Charleston Animal Society. If you are considering donating to The Charleston Animal Society in memory of Roark please know that everything is needed... food and health care for ( cats, dogs, horses, reptiles, etc. ). Any and all donations are very much appreciated and needed. God Bless, Roark's Rescue Arrangements are entrusted by Goose Creek Chapel McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 869 St James Ave. ~ PO Box 247, Goose Creek, SC
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