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October 15, 2014
Bill Haast was a national treasure. His work not only ultimately saved many lives, but enlightened throngs of people about some of the most maligned creatures on the planet. There are countless people working with and studying venomous snakes, but almost all of them find some personal reverence and humility when they hear Bill Haast's name brought up. Bill's work, and his sacrifices will live far longer than most those who have and will benefit from his life and his work.
June 23, 2014
As a very young boy growing up in Miami during the '40s, '50s, and early '60s, I often visited the Sepentarium with my family and friends during family outings and school field trips. The large concrete Cobra along side Dixie Hwy was a familiar icon recognized by many.

Once I was even encouraged by Dr Haast to pose with a large Indigo snake around my neck. Unfortunately I was too young to fully appreciate the research Dr Haast was committed to although I was very impressed with how he'd milk the venomous Cobras. I also recall the time when he was bitten by a Black Mamba. I believe it was during that experience he spent several days in an iron lung battling for his life. A life he unselfishly devoted and often risked toward the research for the scientific betterment of mankind

The world is a much emptier place without Dr Haast.

In closing we must all remember that it's good to have an end to journey towards but its the "Journey" that truly matters in the end. Sincere condolences to his entire family.

RIP Dr Haast - You'll be missed by many...OFTEN!!!

Ben GODWIN
(USAF Retired)
October 22, 2013
Wow, from all the entries you can easily see how Dr. Haast left memorable impressions. I saw him many times in the late 60's because I lived close to the Serpentarium. Dumping the snakes out on the table right in front of me, catching them & milking them was exciting and amazing to this 11 year old girl. Through the years (I'm now 57) I have often remembered this special time in my life...although I hate venomous snakes I have enjoyed owning many non-venomous and especially love the beautiful Indigos I used to see in south FL. Thanks Dr. Haast...you are a true legend.
September 27, 2013
I remember touring his facilities a number of times when I was a younger and watching him work with King Cobras. I have never forgotten these experiences and never will.
September 19, 2013
If it were not for Mr Haast I would not have the understanding or love of all snakes. His was the first book read cover to cover. Your sprit live in all who seek understanding of snakes. Russell Taylor in Texas
September 15, 2013
I saw him in '78 in Miami, was very impressed!!! He autographed a book for my two sons that we have cherished!!! During a snake milking demonstration, the huge moccasin got away!!! My great big husband knocked me and the boys down trying to get away!!! Haast had an enclosed area with 30+ types of snakes in trees and bushes, it was a game to see if you could find them all, we played but going to the tree shaded parking lot was traumatic!!! We kept crouching, looking in the trees in case any had escaped!!! He was a wonderful man, going to bedsides to use his own blood for victims if they didn't have the serum!!! Our lives were enriched by his knowledge and contributions!!!
August 07, 2013
I used to take snakes to Bill in his office and we had coffee and later took the snakes back in the bathroom shower. I have great memories. I will always remember him.
July 06, 2013
May you rest in peace boss. My first job working for you and Nancy at the Serp was life defining.
Still the best job I ever had, working hard each day and having the time of my life with the snakes and animals from 1978 to 1981, just the best. May you rest in peace and my sincere condolences to Nancy and family.
May 30, 2013
God bless you Bill. You are a pioneer and a visionary. Your memory will live on.
May 20, 2013
I'm trying to find Bill's daughters. We lived across the street in South Miami in the 50s. Contact: Charlie - 352-442-3395.
March 24, 2013
I met Bill in 1965. I was 12. My father bought his book "Cobras in his Garden" for me. He autographed it with a beautifully written comment about loving herpetology. It is a treasured possession. I feel honored to have met him.
March 23, 2013
I thank Bill Haast for inspiring me to develop
a partial immunity to snakebites. On one occasion, it clearly saved my life. Over the years I was bitten 91 times by venomous snakes and never needed antivenin.
February 02, 2013
My sister worked for Mr. Haast in the 60s, and I have always credited him with awakening my love for the bio sciences. THank you, BIll, for everything you gave the world,
December 24, 2012
November 30, 2012
Thank you, Bill. I visited the Serpentarium first in 1974 and it was always a must on my later visits of 1977 and 1978. On the last visit, I saw the King Cobras, on a Sunday.
November 17, 2012
I visited Miami serpentarium numerous times in the sixties and seventys he probably is the reason I enjoy going to reptile shows when I was youngerhesaved numerous livesmy son would have loved to have met him God bless all of your family
August 16, 2012
I went to the Serpentarium in the 70's and saw Bill milk the King Cobra. The image of the largest venomous snake rearing up was something I shall never forget.

Like Bill, I grew up in Northern, NJ and used to catch Garter snakes as a child as well. However, seeing Bill in action in Miami really increased my fascination with the Reptiles.

This is truly a man who saved lives with his own blood. I believe Bill was alsothe pioneer for many of the snake handlers who came later. That includes the late Steve Irwin, who was uncanny in his expertise with venomous snakes such as the Black Mamba.

I am currently working with a couple of Biotech companies right now who are trying to bring snake venom based products to market, for CNS indications.

Nancy, you were truly blessed to be married to such a great man.
April 28, 2012
My mom took me to the Serpentarium in
1960...I was 8 and Bill scared the hell out
of me with all those cobras and coral snakes!
April 23, 2012
im gunna miss bill haast ive been into reptiles all my life and it just grew into a obsession bill haast is someone ive looked up to since i was a little kid and will always look up to him as the greatest reptile handler in the world god bless
March 02, 2012
Dear Miss Nancy, My name is John Haynes and I knew you and Bill in SLC, Ut. I was hired by Bill to paint his condo in the highrise Condo project and your Serpentarium there at the University of Utah.

I have recited so many times the stories of Bill and you and your amazing journey with "Cobroxin" and the snakes which made your lives outstanding and also had such an impact on my son Chads' life. He adopted snakes as a young boy after witnessing Bill milking a Cobra and a Rattlesnake there at the SLC serpentarium.

It is so amazing the way your lives have impacted so many.

I am so saddened to hear of Bills passing. I hope that you will find comfort just a little more from hearing these words, you are a part of my life always.

My condolences and best wishes for you and your loved ones, my sorrow that I did not know of this lose earlier and my hope to you that you will remember you and Bill made such an impression on my and my young family at the time.

Best wishes, John Haynes, formerly from Provo, Utah, now from Houston Tx. 832-600-3180.
December 21, 2011
When I was just 8, I visited the Miami Serpentarium on a family Christmas vacation in 1977 and had been fascinated and impressed for the last 30 years.
Bill always said he would live to 100.
Let the research continue.
They should put a statue of Bill where the Serpentarium once stood.
December 06, 2011
I worked for Bill Haast back in 1980 or so. A tough man to work for but one of my heroes......would love to pick up where he left off.
November 08, 2011
Nancy, I don't know if you remember me or not. I came to Salt Lake City, and you picked me up at the airport. My dad was Magruder Adams, and Bill gave him the best years of his life with his MS by giving him the snake venom. I loved meeting you and Bill and seeing the lab and a cobra! He was a wonderful man and helped many people. Our family was blessed to have known him. Dianne Parker
October 23, 2011
I remember first visiting the Serpentarium in Miami in 1975. Bill was handling a "disgruntled" Krait snake, and this snake did not want to obey Bill, and it was very mean and Bill just patiently waited and slowly the snake came around and cooperated. He was magical with the snakes and a wonderful man. My heart is with you all at this sad time.
October 06, 2011
may your light alway's shine. You have opened so many door's in the research of the use of snake venom. And the many lifes you have saved. May god alway's be with you. Robert Oliver
October 05, 2011
may peace and light forever envelop your soul, Mr. Haast. You did more to further research into snake anti-venom and more in general, for snakes themselves, than any other man i can think of. You showed us that snakes are not the terrible creatures of nightmare. You showed us that they are one of the most beautiful and most wonderful of all the creatures of this earth.
October 01, 2011
I am scared to death of snakes.I find them fascinating and they are beautiful creatures.Thank goodness for Bill Haast!.I hope you are coping.My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
September 09, 2011
September 9, 2011 "I recently heard of Bill's death and I am deeply sorry for your loss. I'll always remember our visits and cherish them forever. The picture of Bill and I still hang on my wall. If you need anything or just to talk please do not hesitate to contact me. Robert Lyons (Slidell, LA)
August 31, 2011
August 31, 2011 "My parents from Wisconsin took me to the Miami Serpentarium in 1961 at age 11 and again in the 1970's. I will never forget how Bill magically caught and milked a huge king cobra over 12 feet long. That was over 40 years ago. Bill was truly one of a kind. How many of us will live to be 100? Thankyou Mrs. Haast, for sticking by him through thick and thin. Sorry for your great loss. The world also has lost somone very special whose work has saved thousands of lives.
August 27, 2011
Sincere condolences for your loss. I visited the Serpentarium as a child growing up in Kendall several times. I will always miss the giant Cobra Head greeting you on US1.
August 12, 2011
I am sorry for your loss. Bill was a great man. You must be at your wits end!

Much love
Michael Harrell
July 24, 2011
I visited the "Serp" in 1973 when I was only nine years old and at that moment I knew I wanted to work there when I grew up. I did end up working at the "serp" from 1981- 1983 and it was the most amazing job! Because of the Serpentarium and Bill Haast, I fell in love with reptiles. To this day I look back at my scrap book of the serp days and it brings back so many wonderful memories I will treasure forever! Bill Haast was an amazing man and I am greatful to have known him. I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family.
July 23, 2011
I am sorry for your loss. We are told 70 years is our life span. 80 years with special mightiness. ( Psalm 90:10)Bill was blessed with 100 years of special mightiness. may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life definitely well-lived.
July 16, 2011
Dear Mrs. Haast, I want to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Bill was my hero and the reason for my love of reptiles today. I grew up in the Kendall/Cutler Ridge area and spent as much time at the Serpentarium as I was allowed by my parents. I will always treasure those memories. He was an extaordinary man and his contribution to herpetology is immesurable. He will truly be missed.
God bless you.

Tommy Finney
July 08, 2011
Bill was a gentleman for the many years did business together. The last time I saw him was 7 years ago. He as usual was a wonderful host . He and His wife were special people and the world in general and the herping world specifically will miss him!!

John Cherry
Cherryville Farms
July 08, 2011
I would like to express sympathy to the family for their loss. I first saw Mr. Bill Haast on the PBS Kids television series Bill Nye the Science Guy Reptiles episode in the year of 1999 when I was five years old. After watching Mr. Haast, I became more interested in venomous snakes and lizards.
July 08, 2011
When I was about 10 yrs old in 1962 or 3 my class visited the Serpentarium and Mr. Haast asked for a volunteer helper while he was extracting venom. Of all the (very few) hands held high he picked me, a girl, and I felt so honored. I helped him for about 10 minutes and during the whole time his eyes were either on me or the snake or the snakes fangs. It was intense but I was not afraid and neither was he. I trusted him like I had never trusted anyone. Throughout my life I have always remembered him as someone who had faith in me and that felt good and still does. He's a hero.
July 01, 2011
Dearest Nancy, just back in Florida and heard this very tragic news. What a magical blessing to have shared your years with this humble, humorous, intelligent , singularly gifted & unique pioneer. And, what a most special friend Bill was to me.I mourn & pray for you & the girls, your loss is truly immense....Blessings, Lennie Jones
June 28, 2011
Deepest sympathy to the Haast family. Bill was a great man, and helped many, many people all over the world. He will be greatly missed.
June 26, 2011
my best to the haast family . I WORKED FOR
BILL AND FAMILY WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OLD.
NAIA & SHANTI AND CLARITA WERE GOOD FRIENDS. STEVE STRICKLAND
STRICKLAND1952@BELLSOUTH.NET
June 25, 2011
As a teenager I and several friends were amateur herpetologists. When Mr. Haast's autobiographical book "Cobras In His Garden" was published, we all avidly read it. I was fascinated by this quiet man's dedication to venom research, and the extreme risks he undertook in it's behalf. Although I never had the pleasure to meet Bill, some of my friends and family did, and they treasure the memories to this day. Yes, now gone, but certainly not forgotten...
June 24, 2011
My deepest consolences to Nancy and the Haast Family. I had the honor and privilege to work for Mr. Haast for several years. The world has lost a great man, may he rest in peace. Many fond memories working at the Miami Serpentarium!
June 23, 2011
I vividly remember reading his biography "Cobras in His Garden", from my junior High School library in the late 60's.
Subsequent letters answered and long distance phone calls (from California) were always a great event for this fellow herpetologist.
A visit to "The Serp" in 1983 was like a pilgrimage.
Meeting Bill for the first (and only) time was like visiting with an old friend. He was kind and gracious.
To Bill and his family.
God Bless
B. Paxton
Palmdale,CA.
June 23, 2011
I wonder how many lives he saved with his research and the development of antivenin. God bless Bill and all who devote their lives to saving others.
June 23, 2011
To all of Bill's family, you are in my prayers! I love you all and may GOD bless you and keep you safe and healthy!
June 22, 2011
Late 50's, early 60's...Sitting in the living room with my Dad. I remember watching Bill Haast on the TV show "You asked for it" hosted by Jack Smith or maybe Art Baker? I do remember the host having slicked back hair. (I honestly couldn't remember, so I googled this info)

As a kid, I didn't know Mr. Haast's name. All I knew was that he was handling the biggest cobra I had ever laid my eye's on!

So, looking through the on-line photo's of this guest book, I couldn't believe it, the picture of that huge cobra snake is there!

And it still gets me kinda jumpy.

If you look you'll most likely agree with me if you look through the photo's, it's probably the biggest cobra you too might had ever seen?

Thinking back as a kid, I had nightmares for years about that show and especially that snake.

Oddly enough I've talked about that show on and off my whole life, just to young to remember the names and what have you... a good snake story though?

Funnier yet, my wife often wonders why I run and jump into bed at night?

God Bless Bill Haast.
June 22, 2011
My first knowledge of Bill Haast was in 1959 hearing my father-in-law Owen Dishong a chicken farmer in Kendall, Fl. When He spoke of Bill you see in his eyes and hear in his voice the great admiration he held for this man. I remember the hugh concrete snake coming out of the building on Dixie highway and passed it many times in my travels up and down US 1. I remember seeing stories on TV about using his blood to calm the symptoms of Parkinson disease. Mr. Dishong told me tales of Bill being in the hospital expected to die from snake bites chronicled in the Miami Herald. What a guy!
June 22, 2011
I grew up in Hialeah, and we loved going to the Serpentarium in the early days. We have photos of snakes wrapped around our shoulders. We were so excited every time we saw Mr. Haast milk a snake. Thanks for the wonderful childhood memories.
June 22, 2011
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June 22, 2011
Growing up in Miami, I became very familiar with Mr. Haast and his work. This led to my lifelong interest and appreciation of snakes. Working with Girl Scouts and neighborhood children, I have endeavored to change the existing prejudices and fears to a realistic understanding of reptiles place and importance in our environment. Thanks, Bill
June 22, 2011
I SAW MR HAAST ON TV A NUMBER OF TIMES, I FOUND HIM AND HIS WORK TO BE FASCINATING !I WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN HE WAS FROM PATERSON,N.J ORIGINALLY AND BECAME INTERESTED IN VENOMOUS SNAKES WHEN HE WAS A BOY.HE WAS A MAN WITH SUPREME CONFIDENCE IN HIS WORK WITH VENOMOUS SNAKES.R.I.P
June 22, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 22, 2011
I MET HIM ON MY HONEYMOON TO FLORIDA IN 1976. ACTUALLY WATCHED HIM EXTRACT VENOM. LITTLE DID I KNOW I WOULD LATER WORK THE WITH REPTILES MYSELF! SEEING THIS BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES. REST IN PEACE. DEEPEST SYMPATHY ON YOUR LOSS TO ALL WHO KNEW HIM.
June 22, 2011
Mr Haast was always an inspriration to our YMCA day-campers of the 50's who visited the Sepentariam south of Miami.
Thanks, Bill!
June 21, 2011
DEAR NANCY,
I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS!!! I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE BILL AND HOW MUCH HE LOVED YOU!!! HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY US ALL!!!
I LOVE YOU!!! Dixie Duncan Greene
June 21, 2011
He will be greatly missed. Thank you Bill
June 21, 2011
The world has lost one great man. I read about him as an elementary school student and have told my children and my grandchildren about him. Whenever he appeared on television I made a point to watch and share with my family and friends. I only wish I could have met him. Thank you on behalf of the many people who owe their lives to you and your research. My heart goes out to his family.
June 21, 2011
what a remarkable and dedicated man. i've watched him on tv and have admired him for his work. may he be at peace in heaven with God. respectfully, sandy t.
June 21, 2011
Farewell, Bill. You have been an icon to me since I was a kid ( and I am 58 btw).
I was so happy meeting Nancy and you twice in Punta Gorda and I enjoyed each single second.
I do pray for the family . Rest in Peace, Bill!
June 21, 2011
as a mentor of mine in the 70s and 80s,i greatly appreciated all the wealth of knowledge i obtained from you.the world will not be the same without you.you and your work will be sadly missed,and greatly appreciated,forever....godspeed bill
June 21, 2011
I taught biology for many years in New Hampshire. I made it a point every year to review Bill's work with my students when we studied reptiles. Bill's work was crucial in understanding the role of venomous snakes in the web of life. His dedication to his work resulted in saving many lives. Thank you.
June 21, 2011
I grew up in Miami and visited the Serpentarium on many occasions. I was always in awe of this man's ability to handle the snakes and the research he did to save the lives of snake bite victims. We named our first family snake "Bill" and continue to have a pet snake now. We teach our grand children to respect and not fear these creatures of God. I pray for the family and ask God's comfort at this time of sadness.
June 21, 2011
Bill,
The Haast family was special to me. Bill gave me my first job working along side with his daught ninna. He inspired my brother to go into the animal business. I will always remember the job he did at the serpentarium
Joey Hitzig
June 21, 2011
My family took a few vacations to Florida in the 70's when I was a boy. We would always stop at the Serpentarium. We made the trip on a Sunday once when Bill would take the big cobras out on the lawn. I still remember the thrill of watching Mr. Haast while his wife narrated what was happening and even she would have a little hitch in her voice never quite sure what was going to happen. After the demonstration, Mr. Haast gave me an eye cap off one of the cobras he had milked. I still have it to this day. Thank you Mr. Haast for the thrills and the education you provided me.
June 21, 2011
Bill Haast was a legend and seemingly invincible in life. I was amazed at his skill and missed going to the Serpentarium after it closed. This is the end of an era, because there will never be another like him! My deepest sympathy to his wife and family.
June 21, 2011
my wife and i stopped at the serpentarium on our honeymoon in 1971 i held an indigo snake to impress my sweeetie god bless the snakeman
June 21, 2011
My heart goes out to the Haast family. I'm so sorry for your lose. Losing a loved one in death is not easy. I hope that you can find comfort in John 25:8.
June 21, 2011
Some of my best childhood memories were traveling from Ohio with my family and visiting the Serpentarium. Watching Mr Haast and his wife work with the animals was so exciting. I was no more than 6 but remember learning from them that you could put an alligator "to sleep" by putting it on it's back. I remember Mom and Mamaw running backwards when just for a split second a snake left his hands. I loved watching them even more than Disney World trips. More recently I remember it was Mr Haast who saved the life of a man who worked at the serpentarium on SR 192 near Kissimmee. He had been bitten by a cobra and it walked it's way up his arm with it's teeth. Mr Haast was the only one who had the correct vemon and got it to the hospital in time to save him. I'm sad that my niece's and nephew will never get to see him work. He had a wonderfully long life and got to live his passion. Against all odds he survived many poisonous bites and even spent time in an iron lung but he never quit because he loved them and his work so much. He was one in a million and and could instill his passion in all who encountered him. I am so sad to hear he has left us but so happy for the legacy he left. I'm sure he is having a much more relaxed time playing with the reptiles in Heaven. We are sending love and prayers to his family. May God comfort and keep you in His arms.
June 21, 2011
Bill Haast, the legend I was never able to meet eventhough I called you so many times. Well, I wish you farewell in your new life and I am sure we will be seeing each other someday. Great work and I hope be involved with snakes someday, especially the Inland Taipan.

Taipan Land & Cattle LC,
An Arizona Company
June 20, 2011
To the family of Dr. Bill Haast ~ you are in my prayers. Dr. Haast was a truly remarkable man and he will be missed. May he rest in peace.
June 20, 2011
Growing up in Oregon I never had the opportunity to visit the Serpentarium, but the entire community of reptile lovers will miss Bill and all that he's done for the creatures we love. The world can only hope to have another person as devoted to saving lives and educating others as him.
June 20, 2011
A loving father,teacher,humanitarian and kind man whose passing will sadden us all. Naia Haast and I were friends in elementary school,we rode her horse Tarbaby and listened to Beatle music from the Rubbersoul and Revolver albums. She would tell our class about the emergency calls her father would receive in the event that someone had been bitten by a snake and her father's own bloodsupply would be a lifesaver due to the antibodies. And we would think,How cool is that! God bless and comfort the Haast family.
June 20, 2011
I hate to hear this reptile legend has passed. But I enjoy the thought that he lived a full and eventful life, was bit by that many venomous snakes, and still lived to be 100.
June 20, 2011
I grew up in Cutler Ridge...going to the Serpentarium was a thrill and a threat (not a typo) for me as I have always had a deep snake phobia. I cringed every time I passed that big statue on top. When I went in the 70's it was out of curiosity: who was this great man who milked snakes and had antibodies running through his veins? The contributions he had made at the time were mind boggling to me. My mother had photos of her as a teenager with one of his snakes draped across her shoulders- I, of course, have none as I couldn't muster the courage. As an adult I am grateful for his contribution to the world with his endeavors. Without his presence in this field many lives would have been lost, knowledge never have been gained, and memories never even existed. Much respect. Thank-you Bill for sharing your lives with us. P.S. I still despise snakes.
June 20, 2011
I grew up in Dania, Fl and spent many a day in the early fifties going through the fields turning over lumber, and cardboard boxes looking for my future pet snake. Wasn't until the late seventies that I was bit by a cotton mouth while on the job. Seems they take on the color of a copperhead in there juvenile stage. It was Bill that let me know just what bit me. Bill will long live on through his venom research. May God always have his hands on Bill's shoulders.
June 20, 2011
I visited the Serpentarium many times and had the pleasure of meeting him face to face. I was touched by his presences then and in my heart i am touched by his death. My prayers are for comfort for all those that new him and loved him.
June 20, 2011
I was born in Kendall,Fl in 1936 and had the pleasure of knowing Bill personally while I was growing up. My Uncle Alton V Freeman owned the Rare Bird farm up the street from the serpentarium. We inported and exported many wild animals and reptiles in addition too evey kind of bird known to man. We would always get Bill to help us put the 20 foot pythons in a shipping crate (he handled the head). Bill was always a special person in my life. God bless him and may he rest in peace.
June 20, 2011
So sad to hear of his passing, I have fond memories of visiting the serpentarium as a kid many times in the late 70's and 1980s. The medical knowledge, venom products and techniques, and herpetological education Mr. Haast gave to mankind will live on. RIP
June 20, 2011
I visited the Serpentarium one weekend in 1968, and was fortunate to be there when Bill milked that huge King Cobra.....we were all in a courtyard together with Bill and the SNAKE, and believe me, we moved back as a group when that snake emerged, rearing high over Bill's head. He only had what looked like a STICK to fend it off...I gather there was a fork-like separation at the tip. He finally got hold of it......It's one of the thrills of my entire life to have seen Bill and that snake rearing over his head, and he maneuvering under it. Pat C.
June 20, 2011
Bill Haast will live on in the memories of all of us who knew and admired him. I was born in Miami 75 years ago and was fortunate enough to witness the very beginnings of the Miami Serpentarium in the 1940s. I will always be grateful I had access to it and to Bill in the early 1950s, when I was an amateur snake hunter. He provided me ant the other teenage hunters with a ready market for our snakes. We were all in awe of his daring work with the deadly neurotoxic varieties. (We were also in awe of his 1954 Chevy Corvette!) Bill and I had fascinating conversations about his knowledge of snake handling in Africa and India. He deserves special thanks for his successful treatment of my friend, S. Lee, who was accidentally bitten by large cottonmouth he captured in the Glades.

I offer my heartfelt sympathy to Bill's family and assure them there are those who will always miss him.
Sincerely, Tom Harner
June 20, 2011
I always had much respect for Mr.haast and his research. I remember him from when I was a child. My dad frequently took me and my brothers to the serpentarium. Mr.Haast once placed a snake around my neck. Cool memories
June 20, 2011
Bill Haast will live on in the memories of all of us who knew and admired him. I was born in Miami 75 years ago and was fortunate enough to witness the very beginnings of the Miami Serpentarium in the 1940s. I will always be grateful that I had access to it and to Bill in the early 1950s, when I was an amateur snake hunter. He provided me and the other teenage hunters with a ready market for our snakes. We were all in awe of his daring work with the deadly neurotoxic varieties. (We were also in awe of his 1954 Chevy Corvette!) Bill and I had fascinating conversations about his knowledge of snake handling in Africa and India. He deserves special thanks for his successful treatment of my buddy, S. Lee, who was bitten by a large cottonmouth while in the Glades. I offer my heartfelt sympathy to Bill's family and assure them there are those who will always miss him.
June 20, 2011
Our 7th grade class visited the Serpentarium in 1952. It was a visit that changed my attitude forever towards snakes (positively). The special unit in Miami-Dade exists because of Mr. Haast's pioneering research which has saved many lives around the world. Truly his was a life well-lived.
June 20, 2011
WHAT A MAN!!! LIVING HIS LIFE TO HELP SAVE OTHERS...HE WAS GOD'S RIGHT HAND MAN...YOU GET TO REST IN HEAVEN...YOU EARNED IT..GOD'S BLESSING AND PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY..
June 20, 2011
My brother and I went on a "road trip" in 1971 with two destinations in mind. One was the Everglades and the other was the Miami Serpentarium. Mr. Haast was absolutly amazing and is by far the most knowledgable man I have ever heard about reptiles. His research in possible uses has helped many.
June 20, 2011
"May Hoardes of Angels take thee to thy rest". Mr Haast provided Anti'Venom Serum to many and saved their lives. He experimented in the use of Venom for Arthritus for years. We, the world, have lost a True hero. May he Rest in Peace. I used to live in South Florida and remember his deeds fondly. ~Rick Magee, FL
June 20, 2011
As a 10 year old boy living in Miami I met Mr. Haast through my dad and mom who were old friends with his daughter-in-law and son. I admired his tireless efforts to promote the love and respect for snakes, realizing that we still have much to learn from these sophisticated, highly-evolved creatures. Thank you for sharing your lifelong enthusiasm and incredible experiences with the world!
June 19, 2011
In 1972 our family visited the Miami Serpentarium with our 3 children. Our 8 year old daughter Karen wanted more than anything to be the girl on the stage helping Mr. Haast and feeding the snakes. Eight years later she was that girl and continued to be for an additional 3 years. Her relationship with Mr. Haast was instrumental in giving her a love and respect for reptiles which she shared with the rest of her family and everyone else she came in contact with. Today she is manager of a carnivore department at a private facility in Florida and on two SSP committees. We are grateful for the many opportunities given to her and for the kindness shown to us by Bill and other members of his family and staff. Bill Haast was truly one of a kind who was incredibly intelligent and driven to do what he loved to do. There will never be another man like him and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Carl and Barbara (Ziegler) Weil
Tallahassee, FL
June 19, 2011
It was a true honor to have known and worked with Mr. Haast. We will never forget you and your work, Bill. Until we meet again. Ray Hunter, Sc.D.
June 19, 2011
I GREW UP IN MIAMI AND HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING AND HANGING OUT WITH THE HAAST FAMILY IN THE MID 60'S. SHANTIH WAS A FREIND OF MINE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND WE USE TO PLAY AT THE SERPENTARIUM AND RIDE THE BIG TURTLES AND PLAY WITH THE NON VENOUMOUS SNAKES AND WATCH HER DAD MILK ALL OF THE SNAKES UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. I AM SO PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BE A PART OF SOME OF THE BEST RESEARCH IN MY LIFETIME. GOD BLEES THE WHOLE FAMILY AND, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, BUT WHAT A GREAT LEGACY HE LEAVES BEHIND! GOD BLESS BILL HAAST!!!
June 19, 2011
I appreciate Mr. Haast's consulting on my first bite 45 years ago, and admire his work and especially his mind. A true pioneer! My condolences to his family.
June 19, 2011
An incredible man with a great amount of knowledge.
June 19, 2011
There are no words to express the sympathy towards the family of someone who died. Though I've never personally met Bill, he was an amazing man and an inspiration to everyone in the reptile community. I am so thankful for the work he did and the life he lived.
June 19, 2011
I remember when I was a young boy seeing a beautiful redhead and interesting looking man at our property in Prairie Creek Park. Apparently, you were looking for a place to board your horses until your barns were completed. My mother saw a black snake cross near the main barn and she pursued the snake to place it in a safer area. That was the day we were lucky to become quick friends with a Bill and Nancy. I remember Bill took me on a tour of his laboratory and gave me a rattle from a rattle snake (That I still have today). I was in awe of his work and to this day I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know such gifted people. I could also never forget them doing presentations for my 5th grade class and later for my 9th grade class as well. You showed the world that snakes are just another creature as we are and that they are only as deadly as they must fear to act to protect themselves as all animals do. You educated many and saved countless more lives. I wish Nancy Haast and the entire Haast family condolences from Christopher and Marlene Dillard. You will be missed, yet NEVER forgotten.
June 19, 2011
Mr Haast's death ends an era in the Miami area. After 54 years in Miami the Serpentarium is the one attraction I describe to newcommers: "There is where it was; with a big concrete cobra rising above the buildings." (The sculpture was unsuccessfully moved to South Miami Senior High as a mascot.)

His relocation, not retirement, to Punta Gorda gave him a quieter life in another beautiful place. He still did his good work for mankind there.

An ICON to be missed! Thank you Mr Haast.
June 19, 2011
This is such a sad time for family, friends, the world. A legend has left us,a man who's contributions to the herpetology field have saved a multitude of lives and enlightened the world about reptiles. Having worked with herps for many years, I had such enormous respect for this man. It saddens my heart to know he is no longer with us but I know in spirit he will always remain in our hearts! Rest peacefully...
June 19, 2011
To the Haast family my personal condolences. It was a pleasure having the connection for several years with Bill/Clarita in the Florida Attractions Association. Bill's contributions to science in his chosen field are well known and many, many people are alive today because of Bill. The attractions industry and scientific field has lost a great man!
June 19, 2011
Bill Haast, en 1976 asistió en representación de los Estados Unidos, al Primer Congreso Mundial de Ofidiología, en Caracas-Venezuela, organizado por el Dr. Sandner Montilla, también presentes: Amaral, Hoge, entre otros grandes, a William Haast, los Venezolanos estamos agradecidos ya que con su sangre salvó dos vidas de jóvenes que sufrieron accidentes por Ofidios Venenosos, sus hazañas quedaran indelebles e imperecederas por siempre, nuestras condolencia a sus familiares y amigos.
June 19, 2011
Bill Haast was one of a kind. While doing some research in Florida many years ago, I called Bill for some information concerning a subspecies of black racer that had been named after him (subspecies "haasti"). Bill was skeptical of the eligibility of this particular color variant for subspecies status and plainly said so. Most scientists consider it quite an honor to have a "new" species or subspecies named for them but, with his typical modesty, Bill just shrugged it off and let his professional integrity trump the intended honor. Bill Haast, for this kind of honesty and for all the other things written here in tribute to him, deserves to be richly honored in his passing. We shall not see his like again.
June 19, 2011
I REMEMBER VISITING THE SERPENTARIUM BEFORE THE CROC DISASTER.I REMEMBER LEANING ON THAT LITTLE FENCE AROUND THE PIT. I USED TO BEG MY PARENTS TO TAKE ME THERE.WHEN IT SHUT DOWN, I WAS VERY SAD.BILL WAS THE BIGGEST INSPIRATION IN MY LIFE.I EVEN TRIED TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS,WITH THE INJECTIONS.I NEVER PERSONALLY GOT TO MEET BILL, IF I COULD, I WOULD TELL HIM THANK YOU ,YOU ARE MY HERO.....
June 19, 2011
Bill was a great man.. He ment so much to so many.when I was a kid we went down to see him a few times it was cool watching him work with the snaks Bill was cool.My deepest condolences
June 18, 2011
One of the best things about growing up in Plantation as a kid in the 70's and 80's was getting to visit the Serpentariam. From the two-headed turtle and gators to watching Mr. Haast take out and milk what seemed like a 30 foot King Cobra in the courtyard (with only bushes between the snake and the audience), I left the place wide-eyed and amazed.

What fond memories he gave to me.

What a great childhood hero Mr. Haast was. He will be missed!
June 18, 2011
Read Bill's book in the 60s. A great author and man.

James Warner, Rockford, IL
June 18, 2011
Bill Haast, sus hazañas quedaran imperecederas. Nuestras condolencias a familiares y amigos.
June 18, 2011
BILL HAAST WAS A GOOD MAN,HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING,I FIRST MET BILL WHEN I WAS 21YEAR OLD,I LOVE SNAKES, BILL HAAST WILL BE MISS WE ALL LOVE HIM THE MATHIS FAMILY
June 18, 2011
Ross and I send our thoughts and prayers to all of Bill's family and friends..Our deepest condolences. He meant so much to so many, he will be sadly missed by all.A great man..A great loss.
June 18, 2011
June 18, 2011
I was born in Miami in '59 and we lived just west of the Serpentarium... still have 35mm slides from visits to the Serpentariumin the 60's. In the early 70's I rode the bus from Gulliver with Shantih. I spent some time with her as she learned to drive stick shift in her sister's van around the parking lot in back. Shantih turned me on to Alice Cooper music(anteater namesake.) My dad always spoke highly of Bill Haast and he performed the autopsy on the kid who was fell from the wall above the croc pen. When I read that Bill had shot Cookie I thought it wasn't fair. Dad explained to me why Bill Haast would choose to kill and remove Cookie rather than allow the croc to become a macabre attraction for some people, or worse, have some nut job come in and try to kill it for revenge. He should always be remembered for his work with venom with the intent to save lives. Bill Haast and the Serpentarium were an integral part of "old Miami" and those of us who grew up with Banjo Billy and Skipper Chuck's Popeye Playhouse and later rode our bikes and ponies around the Kendall (Pinecrest)area back in the days of the candy counter in Craft's store at 124th and US 1, the Serpentarium, summer movies at Sunniland Theatre, Gooney Golf and the Dixie Drive-In had a charmed childhood. I am very sorry at the loss of Bill Haast but so glad he chose Miami long ago. He was one-of-a-kind.
June 18, 2011
I first heard of Bill Haast when I was a mere boy in 1948. I followed his new researches avidly. While int he Miami area I visited the serpentarium for the first time in 1974. I was very close to him as he was collecting venom from a Blue Krait and he explained that one of these 'Blues" bit him and the snake died. I was amazed and asked from the crowd, "Was it because of your protection from the venom?", to which Mr.Haast explained, "No he was just worn out, because of all the forced feedings, the esophagus does not stand up well." What a truly exemplary scientist, humanitarian and wise man we have lost.
Jim Lehmann, Lander, Wyoming
June 18, 2011
Thank you God for Bill Haast. My name is William John Bein and I am one of the 21 lives that Mr. Haast saved. My deepest condolences to Mr. Haast's family, friends, associates and the countless people whose lives he educated and touched. A most remarkable man and my Hero.
June 18, 2011
Las hazañas de Bill Haast, quedaran imperecederas.
June 18, 2011
I have great memories in Miami at the house in the back of the Serpentarium with my best childhood friend, Naia. You are in my prayers. I lost my Dad last year this week. I have a great story in my latest book about when we were chased by the alligator in the back. Joan (Gardner) Hunter
June 18, 2011
There are many of us who began our careers in wildlife as a result of some sort of connection to Bill. As a child my family was close to Bill’s family; my sisters went to school and were friendly with his daughters, my mother was friends with his wife at the time CL, and I spent every hour I could at the Serpentarium. My childhood photo albums are full of my days at the Serp working with Bill and his staff. Today when I am giving presentations it is part of my introduction to audiences where I got my start working with wildlife and I always pay homage to Bill and my experiences at the Serp. Bill touched many people in so many ways. One of my last and most fondest memories of Bill was during a visit to his place in Punta Gorda a number years back. He stopped what he was doing and sat down and had a lengthy conversation with me about my career and the things our facility was accomplishing. For anyone who knew Bill, that was a rarity to get him to sit still and take his focus away from the snakes. We reminisced about Lenard his lion he had back in the day, and the good old times at the Serp. It was funny that afternoon, because he was trying to hide the fact that he had bitten the day before by a cottonmouth and didn’t want Nancy to know. He was distracted by a covey of quail that wondered past his window when he was working with the snake and got bit. However, Bill couldn’t hide anything from Nancy, because she later whispered that she could tell he had been bitten by a snake by the way he was rubbing his hand. Bill thank you for all that you gave us, you are an amazing person! Nancy, Naia, and Shantih our thoughts go out to you, but I am sure no one can argue, Bill lived a full and happy life. Peace be with you old friend, many of us would not be where we are today if it were not for you...
June 18, 2011
If goodness is measured by how many lives Bill Haast saved with his anti-venom serum, and with risk to his own life, then he has earned an exceptionally honored place in Heaven.
June 18, 2011
Living in California I never had the priviledge of meeting Bill in person. I have spoken with Bill on the phone and have written him letters back in my younger days. Bill was always very gracious in answering my questions. My favorite book in my library is, "Cobras In His Garden". Now Bill has passed on. There never has been and never will be another man like him. God bless you Bill as well as your family. You will be missed, but your legend will live on forever in our hearts.
June 18, 2011
Worked part-time in the gift shop 1954/55 and learned so much from this great scientist and humanitarian. You gave your blood so others might live! May your family find solace in time, God's way of healing the soul. (I'm the niece of Anne and Art Craft of Craft's Store)
June 18, 2011
IHAVE LIVED IN FLORIDA FOR 52 YEARS, BUT NO ONE GETS MORE RESPECT BH, BESIDES BEING AN ENTERTAINER, BH WAS ALSO A HUMANITARIAN SAVING LIVES THRU RESEARCH, I NOMINATE HIM FOR THE SNAKE HANDLERS HALL OF FAME, LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
June 18, 2011
When I started my visits as a child to Miami and the Keys in the mid 60's, a visit to the Serpentarium was always a must. When I chose to attend UM, I still visited but also did volunteer work alongside Mr. Haast. A wonderful experience - he was a wonderful person.
June 18, 2011
Mr. Haast was the best, where ever my
travels took me around the world. Telling
oeople about Mr. Haast was a sheer pleasure. When he was in his 90's..he
looked in his early 70's...he is smiling
upon us all...!!
June 18, 2011
Will always be remembered and missed!
June 18, 2011
I am still so sad ,Bill passing is all I can think about and how much he inspired me,I left another post already forgot to sign in,I got photos of you all over my desk here and just think of the first time I saw you,in the late 50`s
I aways wanted to meet you . I mark this as the end of an era,never will be another like you,forever in my hart and spirit the world is a better place thanks to you
June 18, 2011
Our condolences to the Haast family, Living in Homestead in the late 60's early 70's we drove US1 a few times a week to Miami passing the building with the big snake out front knowing each way how much longer the drive would be and then the annual elementary school field trip was a highlight for me. I learned a great deal that came in very handy living so close to the everglades, Thank You Bill Haast for being part of our lives.
June 18, 2011
I Thank you for all the help you gave me when I was a kid. When my snakes were sick you helped me, when I needed advice you were there for me, as was your wife. I had a pass and was there regularly because you were always nice to me and you had more knowledge than anyone else. You were right about the venom so now you can say to all those who called you crazy (I told you so).. hehe
Thank you Dr. Haast for all you did for so many.
June 18, 2011
Our life span is 70. 80 with special mightiness. (Psalm 90:10) Bill was blessed with 100 years of special mightiness.May your soon be filled with wonderful memories as you celebrate a life well lived.
June 18, 2011
Bill Haast was a reknowned and expert snake handler, and I have known of him my entire life, having grown up in Miami. I hope his life-saving work continues with many he has trained and inspired. Only 100 years but we were lucky to have you in our lifetime. Ressssst in Peace, Bill Haasssssst.
June 18, 2011
when i was 11 years old, about 1966, growing up in miami, my grandmother, aunt and i took a 3 day cruise to the bahamas. on the ship i met naia, his daughter, who was my age or close, and the whole fam, we became fast friends on the boat and when the cruise was over, i visited their home. i don't think our friendship lasted because we lived miles apart even though we were in miami. i visited the serpetarium as their guest. they were all good people. i have always had fond memories of that brief encounter and have thought of them over the years many times. Naia, if you are reading this, I am Ellen, daughter of Bill Ross the Miami weatherman back in the day. i am so sorry for your loss and for your family. but 100 years. wow. what a life. much love.
June 18, 2011
A great beacon of light in old Florida has just gone out!

I remember meeting Bill in 1982 when I was twelve years old. At that time we lived in Country Walk, FL. Apparently, I had found a young indigo snake behind our house, & my mother called the serpentarium, in order to donate it. I can still remember getting out of the car, and handing the snake over to Bill, and him thanking us.

RIP Bill, and thank you soo much for your amazing work, & larger than life impact on us all!
June 18, 2011
You saved my father's life after he was biten by a cottonmouth in the mid 1950's while working as a lineman for FPL in the glades.. Thank you for your life saving work. May you rest in peace Mr Haast.
June 18, 2011
Saw him as a kid in Miami. Mid-show, he was shuffled off to Homestead AFB to board a fighter that flew him to save a life with his blood. God bless you Bill.
June 18, 2011
Bill Haast was just the coolest person I can remember growing up. I went to Everglades Elementary School in Miami from 1965 to 1971 and I remember more than once a field trip to the Serpentarium. As we got older we would ride our bikes to the Serpentarium and Mr. Haast would treat us like we belonged allowing us to watch extractions and we would do small jobs around the place also. We loved snakes and lizards and stuff and Bill Haast was a great and wonderful mentor always piquing our curiosities. Gosh I remember watching him on Popeye's Playhouse. He was a really good guy and look forward to seeing him again when my time comes. I am very sorry for your loss but know it is heaven's gain.
June 18, 2011
My condolences to the family. I visited the Serpentarium in 1952 and enjoyed the visit. My son and his wife have two snakes and my other three boys brought home many a garter snake and kept them in a box in their room. I have no fear of harmless snakes and have handled many over the years. On my first visit Mr. Haast "milked" a snake for us and I developed a "crush" on him. I was 14 yrs. old then. Our paper had a story on Mr. Haast a year or so ago and I was happy to see he was still around. We will keep him in our prayers. He was a hero.
June 18, 2011
Resssssssst in peasssssse, Bill.
June 18, 2011
We have lost a great scientist and humanitarian. You will be missed.
June 18, 2011
We went Miami during the summer of 1965 and on my tenth birthday went to the Miami Serpentrium. I will always remember what I saw that day and my Father and I talked about that visit until his death in 1998. REST IN PEASE MR. Hasst
June 18, 2011
As your neighbor,at the serpentarioum,I used to see,playing with crotals and cobras....a juvenile and simpatico man..your neighbor was expresidente of el salvador..I was his driver,, RIP,whenever your are,God bless you Mr Haas.... Mac
June 18, 2011
Met and worked with Bill on a Motion Picture back in the early 80's called "Jaws of Satan".Also met and worked with his Family too. Wonderful man and lovely Family.Our Thoughts and Prayers and God's Blessings to Bill and Family.
June 18, 2011
I grew up close to the Serpentarium and went to Elementry school with one of his relatives, after school we would head out and watch the handling of the snakes. He was an amazing man that helped make the south Florida area unique. A true trail blazer in finding new ways to combat human problems with venom research and supplying what was needed to the medical field. 100 years Bill we salute you!
June 18, 2011
Nerves of steel, the real deal...
June 18, 2011
Ross Allen and Bill Haast are what boys are made of!
June 18, 2011
TO Bill Family I have been following bill since 1970and he is like family ,a very brave man and one of a kind My he rest in peace TO his family my condolance GOD BLESS Love a Friend "Bob"
June 18, 2011
Assigned to Homestead AFB in the late '60's, I visited the Miami Serpentarium and met Dr Haast. An incredible and fascinating human being. Many occasions, Dr Haast was placed in the backseat of an F-4 and jetted somewhere on a mission of mercy. We've lost another great humanitarian. He gave so much to so many. RIP Dr Haast.
June 18, 2011
Mr. Bill always had a smile when I would see him at the snake farm as my sister would call it. He taught me and so many others with his love and knowledge of the snakes. I still talk of him often God Bless.
June 18, 2011
nancy we are sorry to here about Bill if you need anything please dont hesitate to let us know john and jennie
June 18, 2011
Living in Miami from 1959 to early 80's you knew of Mr. Haast. He was amazing and thanks to him many lives were saved. He was a true hero! Even tho he had a very long life, it is still so sad to read of his passing. I will keep his family in my heart and prayers. RIP
June 18, 2011
Hey Bill, you did it your way and you proved them all wrong. You inspired many
and there is no way to know how many lives you saved. God bless.
June 18, 2011
As kids, we used to write and call Bill. He was always so nice. When my buddy and I were old enough, we drove from Los Angeles to Miami just to meet him and see the Serpentarium. When we arrived, he was so gracious, he took pictures with us, gave us a personal tour and told the employees that we could come and go as we pleased during the week we were in town. We were just a couple of 17 and 18 year old kids, but Bill treated us like visiting dignitaries. We went back to Miami the following two years. We missed him on one visit because the Navy had flown him to Orlando to transfuse some of his immunized blood to a kid that had been bitten by a Coral snake. I’m so happy that he made it to the age of 100 and deservedly so.
To me, Bill was a hero and I will always remember him as such. Rest in peace.
June 18, 2011
Dear Haast family,
I am so sorry to read of your loss. What an amazing life Mr. Haast has led. One cannot help but think of the prophecy in Isaiah 11:8 "And the sucking child will certainly play upon the hole of the cobra". No doubt a time Mr. Haast will greatly enjoy. Until then, may "the God of all comfort" provide you peace. Again, my deepest sympathy.
June 18, 2011
I'm 70 years old and remember seeing Mr. Haast and the snakes. I marveled at his ability, his courage and desire to help people to better understand his work and the good it did.
Thank you Mr. Haast and may God bless.
June 18, 2011
Condolences to Bill Haast's family. I remember as a child reading many publications of this fine man. When my family took a Miami vacation, the Serpentarium was first on the list. What an honor when Bill picked me from the audience to come onstage and hold his indigo snake.... I will never forget that moment. RIP Bill !!
June 18, 2011
As a youth growing up in Miami, I had the extreme pleasure to be able to go monthly with my family to the Surpentarium and learned a lot about snakes and other reptiles, thank you to Bill and his family for this great pleasure. He proved he could out live them all with knowledge.... Rest in peace. Harvey O
June 18, 2011
I consider myself lucky,met Bill in 1965 & sold him snakes into the 70's.On top of his knowledge,he was a gentleman & great guy.
June 18, 2011
You life and your tireless work, inspired me. Thank you for giving so much to the world and for all your research. You were a highly respected man. Rest now, Mr. Haast. Job well done.
June 18, 2011
Thank you Mr Haast for your patience and perseverence in the education of so many.
We neighborhood kids were always comming in to pester you about our "catches" when there were still native serpents to be found about the piney woods of Pinecrest {Sunniland}
May you rest in peace old friend.
~ Scott Marsh ~
June 18, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 18, 2011
Sorry for your lost..,May you draw comfort from the scriptures..,Psalms 146:5.9.
June 18, 2011
Our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Haast's family. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. May our Heavenly Father, the God of comfort and tender mercies be with you. With deep sympathy,
June 18, 2011
I met Bill when he was working in Utah. He took the time to speak with me while he was milking snakes. He was a very nice in person, and kind of a hero for me. His work was both dangerous and very interesting. I'm sad to hear of his passing, and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mark Mickels
June 18, 2011
Offering my heartfelt condolences for your exclusive work and contribution to the Herp-community !

Dolly
June 17, 2011
He was an interesting and unusual man whom I heard of when I was a kid......R.I.P. Bill; you'll be missed.
June 17, 2011
My sympathy to his family. I met him 20 odd years ago when he spoke at the Central Fl. Herp club in Orlando. He was incredible!! A sad day and a great loss.
June 17, 2011
Really liked watching him on television. Such an interesting man! Rest in Peace, Mr. Haast.
June 17, 2011
R.I.P. Bill Herpetologist till death!
June 17, 2011
As a kid our school took a trip to the Miami Serpentarium. Mr.Haast was the one who gave us the tour of the place, and to see the albino crocodile was amazing,it had bitten off it's own tail,and the huge pytons that he said were fed a whole calf each every six months,and to hear about the many times he was bitten and came through each time,...truly a great person has left us!....may he find eternal peace with Almighty God!
June 17, 2011
Bill Haast.. a pioneer.. a legend.. a great humanitarian.. We will greatly miss you! We shall never forget you.
June 17, 2011
I grew up in Miami and remember lots of storys and seeing him at serp
June 17, 2011
RIP Bill, you changed the world and made South Florida a better place. As a child I went to the Serpentarium where you created a magical home for incredible creatures to thrive. May G-d protect your soul. I hope your family can remember the great man you were and inspired us all to become.
June 17, 2011
He will be greatly missed.
He was a hero and a life saver.
Eleanor Hasbrook. San Antonio Texas
June 17, 2011
I am 60 y/o but I remember as a kid watching Mr. Haast on TV handle a king cobra I was dumb founded and I have love to read about and study snakes all kinds. He really inspired me, and I learned much from his occupation. God bless Mr. Haast.
June 17, 2011
One of the great men of Florida, a hero and a lifesaver. He did so much to further science and ecology. That he lived to 100 is a tribute to his unique style of genius.
June 17, 2011
Mr. Haast was a unique special man who entertained and taught science at the same time. No wonder the only anti-venom unit in the USA is based in Miami.
I loved the Serpentarium...hates snakes but that did not stop me.
He lived a full life and helped countless people. May he Rest in Peace
June 17, 2011
My husband took care of the a/c work at the Serpentarium in Punta Gorda and was always amazed with Bill. Now they both RIP. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
June 17, 2011
I saw you on TV,many times.You a HERO.For all your work.You save many people life,you never saw.Rest now.The game is over. Garal Hock from TEXAS.
June 17, 2011
I grew up in Miami and spent much of my youth at the Miami Serpentarium. To this day I have a fascination with snakes and in fact have been keeping these fascinating creatures for over 25 years. Almost half my life. I admired and respected Mr. Haast more than I can express in words. He was one of my childhood heroes. My sincere condolences to the family of this remarkable man.
June 17, 2011
I remember seeing him on tv and I was so amazed by what he was able to do at his age. may he rest in peace and may god be with all his loved ones always
June 17, 2011
To the the family of Bill Haast - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
June 17, 2011
I enjoyed going to the Serpentarium as a teenager and watching him handle the 18' Cobra. Amazing...I always had a great time going there and was sad to see it close...Best wishes to his family...Revelation 21:3,4
June 17, 2011
He was one heck of a man. A snake lover to the end.
Love a snake and live a long life.
The world needs more snake people.
Rest in peace my friend!!
Snake Man in Georgia
pukeypig@yahoo.com
June 17, 2011
I saw this man handle and milk some of the most dangerous snakes in the world when I visited the Florida Serpentarium as a child. He showed the scars on his hands from bites, educated everyone about his research and was almost poetic about the "beauty" of snakes. The fact that I remember this event 50 years later "like yesterday" is a testament to his charisma and effectiveness as a teacher. His contributions are far-reaching and immeasurable, particularly for those whose lives are owed to his research. What an amazing man.
June 17, 2011
I was lucky to work with Bill Haast and Nancy at the Miami Serpentarium when I was in college in Miami (1972/74). Bill will always be one of my heros. He was always willing to share his knowledge and his work. Truly one of my great life experiences. Rest in peace, Audrey Whitlock (Nags Head, NC)
June 17, 2011
Bill was a great ambassador for reptiles.
He dealt with them every day & lived to be 100 - how bad could they be, really ?
I loved the excitement of visiting the Serpentarium when I was a kid Wish I could take my kids there ! R.I. P. Bill, you lived an awesome life !
June 17, 2011
I was hoping you'd live forever Mr. Haast!
My condolences to Nancy Haast and family.
June 17, 2011
I will never forget Bill Haast. He took me in when I was sixteen years old and taught me so much during my time with him not just about snakes but about life! See you on the side Sir.
June 17, 2011
A legend among us has passed. Rest in Peace Old Friend...you will be missed but not forgotten.
June 17, 2011
As a young boy at the ripe ole age of 4 years old, and im now 39, i had the great honor and priveledge to meet you and become friends with you when you had the serpentarium off of US1. The lifes you have touched and the lifes you have saved will not go unnoticed or forgotten. God bless you Bill and thank you for the inspirations you gave me which kept me involved in venomous reptiles to this day... R.I.P. BILL..
June 17, 2011
My life long Hero,I saw him in the late 50s and returned many more times I owe him all the respect and am so sad ,it will take some time he was the King of his domain,never again will the world see any one like,I am in tears
June 17, 2011
the man had a heros job i have watched him on tv off and on through the years and always figured he had saved many lives with what he was doing my god bless family and friends in this time of sorrow
June 17, 2011
Thanks for your many contributions to the herpetological community.
June 17, 2011
Rest in Peace old friend.
June 17, 2011
Bill was a living legend and ground breaking. He beat the odds and lived a long life although he was bitten many times . Maybe his theory about developing immunity via injection of venom worked . He will not be forgotten !!
June 17, 2011
rest in peace ! Bill
June 17, 2011
Rest In Peace Mr Hasst and thank you for your contributions to science and humanity.
BC,
Orlando, Fl.
June 17, 2011
In these days of labeling high profile persons as heros, Bill was a true hero in the highest sense. He made a trememdous contribution to man-kind.
June 17, 2011
Thank you for your committment to research and may you rest in peace!
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