Jones Family Visit - February 2017 | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Keeping up with the Joneses: An Off-season Visit to the Zoo

Think Reptiland is only a warm-weather destination? Think again!

The Jones family recently stopped by the zoo and captured some of their visit on video! We love to see zoo experiences through the eyes of our guests, and if you’re wondering what it’s like to visit the zoo during our “off-season,” just watch the video!

(You could also read about the 5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter, but this video does a great job illustrating them!)

We hope this glimpse into the Jones’ visit shows you the many perks of visiting during the off-season . . . and inspires you to come to Reptiland the next time you’ve got a few hours to spare!

2017 Paint the Dino Coloring Contest Results

2017 Coloring Contest Results

After receiving a record-setting 384 entries, we are excited to announce the 2017 coloring contest results!

Selecting a winner is tough when there are so many great entries to choose from, and this year was no exception. It also gets more difficult as we try to select original designs different from years past. That said, we want to thank everyone who submitted an entry! We appreciate having so many options to choose from, and we know how much time and effort goes into completing them.

Here are the results…

Honorable Mention

Because we can only choose one winner, we like to recognize additional entrants for their exceptional designs. This year, we would like to congratulate the following on receiving Honorable Mention (listed in no particular order):

  • Madilyn Shingle
  • Nolan Hannan
  • Landon Hostetter
  • Madeline Miller
  • Reagan Boyer

 

  • Madilyn Shingle

  • Nolan Hannan

  • Landon Hostetter

  • Madeline Miller

  • Reagan Boyer

Great job, guys and gals!

Contest Winner

And without further ado, the 2017 Paint the Dino Coloring Contest winner is . . .  *drumroll*

 

Brooke Woll!

 

We love the color palette and shading in Brooke’s design, and we think it will look fantastic painted on Carnotaurus when Dinosaurs Come to Life returns on April 22, 2017! Congratulations, Brooke!

Another HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. With the most entries—and most creative entries—we’ve ever received, we could not be more pleased with the turnout. We hope you all enter again next year!

(Oh, and be on the lookout for something special from Clyde Peeling!)

 

5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter

Don’t let winter put a damper on your family fun . . . get out of the house and head to the zoo!

We may not come to mind when thinking of cold weather activities, but after you check out the 5 advantages of visiting Reptiland this winter, we hope that’ll change!

5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

  • The Warmth

    Come on in, it’s always warm here!

    Escape the cold in our indoor Exhibit Gallery, where you can see nearly 40 species of reptiles and amphibians under one roof! You might feel like you’re in the great outdoors with our naturalistic habitats, but you’ll be enjoying them all at room temperature.

    If you do feel a chill walking from building to building, just head to Island Giants; you’ll warm up as soon as you get inside. Komodo dragons require extreme heat—like 90+ degrees—so the entire building is incredibly warm. You can also catch a Winter Warm-up here, a 30-minute live show that feels like a casual conversation with one of our zoo keepers (and the tropical temps will keep your tootsies toasty)!

    5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter: Winter Warm-Up Shows | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

  • The Experience

    Things tend to slow down around here during winter, but that just means we’re able to spend more time with you and your family one-on-one!

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    Unfortunately during warmer months it’s too busy and crowded for animal feedings, but in the winter, we offer them after every show! So when you’re done warming up with the Komodos, head to the Exhibit Gallery to witness an animal feeding. Since the animals that are fed change with every show, you can watch a different species eat at each visit. (One of the many reasons it pays to be a zoo member!)

    And don’t forget to catch an Animal Encounter! At 11:30, 1:00, and 2:30 you’ll get the chance to see animals up-close and ask our experts questions—something only offered in the off-season. #winterexclusive

  • The Price

    Because there is a little less to see November-April, we take $2 off our regular admission rates. With the lowered rates and more personal attention, you’re actually getting more of an experience for less money!

  • The Parakeets

    That’s right, parakeets! Even though this exhibit was supposed to be closed for the season, you can still experience Parakeet Landing when you visit this winter!*

    5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter: The Parakeets!

    The birds have a heated night house they can fly in and out of, but the actual exhibit space is not heated. As a result, we were planning to shut down the exhibit for the season. But the more we thought about it, we decided to open it at select times throughout the day so EVERY guest can spend time with our feathered friends!

    In addition, because you’ll only pay the off-season rate, you basically get to see this exhibit for free!

    Just be sure to wear a warm jacket . . . it’s a little chilly in there!

  • The Peace & Quiet

    If you’ve ever visited on a weekend in July, you know that it can get pretty crazy around here . . . While we are always happy to have a “full house,” we know that it can be frustrating for our guests, especially in smaller, more crowded areas of the zoo.

    The good news?  In the winter, it’s much quieter and more peaceful! There’s no need to hurry so the people behind you can see; there’s no line formed by the restrooms; no hold-ups at the admissions desk; and most importantly, no waiting to see your favorite animal in the gallery! You’re able to take your time enjoying each and every part of the zoo . . . and we hope that you do!

As a small business, we appreciate having guests any time of year, but we encourage you to take advantage of the off-season experience by visiting this winter. We hope to see you soon, but in the mean time, stay warm!

*Please be advised: Parakeet Landing is open daily at select times, however the exhibit’s availability is still dependent on weather. If you are counting on seeing this exhibit, please call us at 570-538-1869 on the day you plan to visit to confirm that it is open.

A similar post first appeared on our blog on November 16, 2015. This post reflects the new offerings and schedule for off-season visits.

2016 Coloring Contest Results

The Winner of our Paint the Dino Coloring Contest is…

Haley Bower, 10, of Wellsboro!

We chose Haley’s design because of its creative details and originality, and we think it will look GREAT painted on Muttaburrasaurus!

Because the subtle shading and colors don’t fully come through in the scanned version above (as they do on her actual coloring page), we wanted to share a more accurate depiction of what the painted dinosaur will look like based on Haley’s design:

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Congratulations, Haley! We can’t wait to for everyone to see your design brought to life when Dinosaurs Come to Life opens on April 23, 2016!

Honorable Mention

With over 320 fantastic entries, it was nearly impossible to choose one winner. That said, we want to showcase five other entries that deserve recognition!

We would like to congratulate the following entrants on receiving honorable mention (in no particular order):

  • Lila McEwen
  • Makendra Mowad
  • Lilyana Sponhouse
  • Madilyn Shingle
  • Drayven Hinkal

Check out their entries!

Another successful coloring contest in the books. To all the kids that entered: THANK YOU…and keep an eye out for something special from Clyde Peeling!

Celebrate Halloween

Celebrate Halloween with us!

It’s the last weekend in October, and we’re going out with a bang. Join us! Celebrate Halloween here at the zoo for a spooktacular weekend.

Treat Bags all Around

Nothing says Halloween like free candy. Visit now through November 1st and get a FREE treat bag! There are fun surprises hidden inside each one, so come claim yours today. Besides, plain old trick-or-treating has nothing on us–we’ve got awesome animals, prehistoric creatures, AND yummy chocolate!

Celebrate HalloweenTreat bags available while supplies last. 

Last Weekend for Dinos and Butterflies

Take advantage of these exhibits before they close for the season. Sure, they’ll be returning next spring, but who wants to wait that long?

Dinosaurs Come to Life

Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Bigger and better than ever, this year’s exhibit boasts 7 animatronic dinos–the most we’ve ever had!

Butterflies

Experience hundreds of butterflies in flight! Did you know butterflies are found everywhere but Antarctica and they taste with their feet? Learn all this and more with a stroll through our butterfly greenhouse.

Don’t Forget about Fair Trade Month

Our gift shop is full of fair trade treasures, and while we hate to use the “C word” this soon (it rhymes with isthmus), it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping!

Fair Trade Month


So visit this weekend for a win-win-win situation: FREE treat bags for the kiddos (adults, too!), zoo fun for all, and fabulous fair trade gifts that support artisans all over the globe. We can’t think of a better way to spend your Halloween.

Click here for our hours, rates, and show times.

Visitors “Dug” Dino Days

Last weekend we hosted Dino Days, an event dedicated to all things prehistoric. It turned out to be a fantastic weekend, despite the uncooperative weather.

Our special guest for this 2-day event was Chris DeLorey, also known as Dr. Dino, Director of Education at the Brevard Zoo. As a paleontologist and dinosaur expert, he’s gone on many digs and has traveled all over the world. He brought fossils and artifacts from his personal collection to share with guests, gave special presentations in our Program Center, and answered all kinds of dino-related questions!

  • Dr. Dino giving his exciting “Dino Hunt” presentation

  • We didn’t let rain put a “damp”er on the weekend–but umbrellas were a must!

  • Dr. Dino sharing his artifacts (and knowledge) with guests

  • Taking a break from the weather

  • Sabian enjoyed making his very own fossil rubbing book

  • …and so did his little sister!

  • The Prehistoric Prize Package that children could enter to win

Kids could create their very own fossil rubbing book, and enter to win our Prehistoric Prize Package filled with dino-themed goodies! They also got to take home real dinosaur bone fragments courtesy of Dr. Dino.

It was a fun, educational weekend, and based on all the positive feedback we received, we’re anxious to outdo ourselves next year with another DINO-mite event!

Opening Day: Dinosaurs and Butterflies

You’ve waited all winter for these warm-weather favorites to return. . . and the day has finally come!

Dinosaurs Come to Life and Butterflies are officially open for the season! Visit us now through November 1 to see these awesome seasonal exhibits featuring dinosaurs and butterflies.

Our dinosaur exhibit has some great new dinos, including the impressive Quetzalcoatlus! Check out our T. rex family, and see the awesome paint job on Dilophosaurus, the subject of our 2015 coloring contest.

In its 7th year, our butterfly greenhouse is sure to impress once again. With countless butterflies to see and interesting facts to learn, it’s no surprise this exhibit is a fan favorite. Also, in honor of it’s grand opening today, we’re offering a great deal in the Natural Selections Gift Shop–it’s a limited-time offer, so visit our SALE page and check it out!

Even though these exhibits have been at Reptiland for 5+ years, each year we bring in different dinos and butterfly species to keep guests coming back again and again– so with that said, we hope to see you soon!

Note: A Reptiland membership is a great way to take advantage of all the fun events and exhibits we host during the year (it also makes a great gift). . .

The Painted Dino

SPOILER ALERT

IF YOU WANT TO WAIT AND SEE THE 2015 PAINTED DINO IN PERSON, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN.

This year, Dilophosaurus, infamous spitter and DCTL favorite, was the subject of our Paint the Dino Coloring Contest, and what a success it was! With over 300 entries received, we had so many great designs it was very difficult narrowing it down to one. We gave honorable mention to five talented artists, but there could be only one winner, and it was Sabian Mertz of Howard, PA.

Paint the Dino Coloring Contest

Sabian visited with his family last weekend, and we’re glad he finally got to see his work of art brought to life. With his new zoo membership, he’ll be able to visit again and again! Sabian also received a prize package from Billings Productions that included some great stuff–like a real shark tooth!

The Mertz Family

And without further ado, the 2015 Painted Dino…

He looks identical to Sabian’s entry, and we think it’s the best Dilo has ever looked (just don’t tell him that–he might spit on you).

So there you have it: another coloring contest in the books and a great looking dino to show for it! Come see Dilophosaurus and the rest of the crew in Dinosaurs Come to Life now through November 1.

Happy Learn About Butterflies Day!

Learn about butterfliesMarch 14th is Learn About Butterflies Day–help us celebrate!

It may seem a bit premature to talk about insects that won’t reappear for another month or two, but our butterfly greenhouse opens in just over a month, so now’s the perfect time to brush up on your butterfly knowledge.

Also, it’s a good excuse to do these fun activities with your kids!

Why You Should Learn About Butterflies

1. They’re fascinating creatures.learn about butterflies

Butterflies are beautiful creatures that come in countless shapes, sizes, and colors. They live on every continent except Antarctica, and they’ve been around for at least 50 million years! They can’t hear (they sense vibrations like snakes), they taste through their feet, and some migrate up to 2,000 miles! Impressive, huh?

2. They help the environment.

Butterflies, like bees and other insects, are great pollinators; they help plants, trees, and shrubs to reproduce. Butterflies play an integral part in the food chain and their individual ecosystems. They also help scientific researchers by serving as indicators for how things affect our environment.

3. The more we know, the more we can help.

Due to factors such as climate change and habitat destruction, over 20 species in the U.S. are endangered or threatened. Though not yet considered a threatened species, Monarch populations have also been declining. The good news is, there are lots of things we can do to help–we just need to know a few things first!

How You Can Learn About Butterflies

1. Good ol’ fashioned BOOKS

We’ve got great resources on butterflies (for all ages) in the Natural Selections Gift Shop!

Learn About Butterflies

2.  Online Resources (Just be careful–not every source is a good one!)

A few good sources:

North American Butterfly Association

Monarchs: Near Threatened

Sponsor a garden at the National Butterfly Center
OR Create your own butterfly garden!

3. Visit Us

Come see these beauties up close from April 25 to November 1, 2015. Learn about different species, their life cycle, and other fun facts. We now offer the chance to feed the butterflies, too! Check out our Butterflies page for more information.

 Learn About Butterflies
Happy Learn About Butterflies Day–hope to see you soon!

Spring Forward: Exhibits, Events, and Warmer Temps!

While it may feel like winter will never end, this weekend we “spring forward” by moving the clocks ahead an hour; if nothing else, at least it’s a step in the right direction!

Aside from the longer days, sunshine, and greenery to look forward to, we’re especially excited for spring because it means the return of our seasonal exhibits, plenty of kids visiting for field trips, and the anticipation of awesome events to come!

Dinosaurs Come to Life and Butterflies | April 25 – November 1

Our hugely popular dinosaur exhibit is back…and bigger than ever. Dinosaurs Come to Life features 6 static models and 7 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, the most we’ve ever had! With a whole T. rex family, the impressive Quetzalcoatlus (NEW!), and Dilophosaurus‘s new paint job, we can’t wait for you to see them all this spring!

Peaceful music, lush landscaping, and hundreds of flitting beauties–our butterfly greenhouse is like a springtime oasis. We also offer the opportunity to feed the butterflies. Since different species can be seen throughout the duration of the exhibit, be sure to stop in a few times to see them all!
Note: Memberships are great for visiting again and again!

New In the Gift Shop

In preparation for the slew of kids who will be coming through our doors soon, we stocked up on new items for the Natural Selections Gift Shop. Come check them out!spring forward

Event Sneak Peek

They’re still in the works, but we’re so anxious to share our events that we decided to give you a sneak peek!*

Ghost of the Bayou | May 22 – September 7

White alligators are extremely rare. From the Louisiana Bayou, these creatures are thought to be mystical, bringing good fortune to those who set eyes on them. We can’t say for sure if that’s true, but we invite you to visit this summer and find out for yourself…

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Dino Days | June 27 & 28

Join us for an entire weekend dedicated to dinosaurs. Paleontologist and dinosaur enthusiast “Dr. Dino” (AKA Chris DeLorey of the Brevard Zoo, FL) will be here to show off his extensive fossil collection and take guests on a special dino hunt! Fun activities, prehistoric artifacts, and animatronic dinosaurs–mark your calendars for this DINO-mite event!

Wine & Design: Paint for Conservation | July 11

On its own, Wine & Design is a great way to spend time with family & friends, paint a beautiful picture, and relax with a glass of wine (or two). This summer, we’re excited to pair the Wine & Design experience with a great cause: frog conservation.

Frogs are disappearing at an alarming rate, and this event will raise awareness and funds for the global amphibian crisis. Guests can paint a picture showcasing these beautiful creatures, then walk through our Exhibit Gallery to admire them in person. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the AZA Amphibian Conservation Grant Fund, which supports amphibian-related conservation as well as scientific and educational initiatives.

Much of this event is still being planned, but we hope you’ll consider attending to help support this worthy cause (and enjoy a beautiful evening at the zoo)! We will post more information as soon as possible, but tickets should be on sale by late May.

*Event details subject to change
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Check back for more details and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for other important zoo updates.

In the mean time, until Spring actually arrives, keep warm!
(Our Winter Warm-Ups are perfect for getting out of the cold…hint, hint)