Croctoberfest is this Saturday, October 7, and we can’t wait! Not only will it be a fun night out at the zoo, but it also supports crocodilian conservation; a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Crocodilian Advisory Group. And in the spirit of giving, we decided to offer a Croctoberfest special event coupon!
Upon admission to the event, each guest will be handed a special coupon for 25% off one item from our fine and fair trade jewelry collections!*
These collections include MUCH of our unique jewelry selection, and we hope you’ll take advantage of this limited-time special offer.
So come to Croctoberfest and be prepared to spend a few minutes browsing in the Natural Selections Gift Shop! (And keep in mind, it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping…)
For more information on Croctoberfest, click here.
*Only coupons printed and distributed by Reptiland can be redeemed. No photocopies or reproductions accepted. Coupon valid only during Croctoberfest event (Oct. 7, 2017 from 7-10pm).
Tired of presenting your valentine with the stereotypical flowers and chocolate . . . but struggling with other original gift ideas? Not to worry. We have you covered at the Natural Selections Gift Shop! Check out “What’s in Store” for this Valentine’s Day.
(Ladies: if you’re reading this, we encourage you to stop in and treat yourself to some of these—we won’t tell!)
Show her your love is set is stone . . .
. . . with our gorgeous gemstone jewelry! Our collection is one-of-a-kind and includes pieces from all over the world. Whether she prefers elegant, dainty jewelry or bold statement pieces, we have it all.
Give her candy
Rock candy, that is! These beautiful beaded bracelets, also known as Rock Candy bracelets, are the perfect way to say “I love you.” They sparkle and shine . . . just like your Valentine. The magnetic clasp makes them a snap to put on (literally), and the best part is—no calories or cavities!
Keep it classic with the color of love
Carnelian, burgundy, garnet, rose, wine, ruby—the list goes on and on! No matter the shade, red is an emotionally charged color associated with passion, desire, and love; hence it’s connection to Valentine’s Day! So why not celebrate with a gift that’s the color of love? With our selection of scarves, purses, jewelry, and other gift items, there’s plenty to choose from!
Or make it an adventure to remember!
If your lady likes receiving experiences rather than things, consider giving her something extra special like a date with Al & Henry via our Meet and Feed the Gentle Giants experience. You could even splurge on a romantic Behind-the-Scenes tour for two. And don’t underestimate the experience of a visit to the zoo filled with exhibits, live shows, and animal encounters!
(Then she could even pick out her OWN Valentine’s Day gift in the the Natural Selections Gift Shop. Just a thought.)
Have a happy Valentine’s Day, and we hope to see you soon!
This post was updated 12/21/18.
Reptiland is the answer to your last-minute shopping needs!
Open 7 days a week for your convenience, we’ve got plenty of awesome in-store options. We also have gifts that can be purchased over the phone, mailed directly to the recipient, and emailed!
Promote the animal lover in your life to Zoo Parent! When you purchase an adoption package, you are contributing to the daily care of our animals as well as our conservation efforts. And with 10 different animals and 5 packages to choose from, you can customize this gift to your needs!
Natural Selections Gift Shop
The Natural Selections Gift Shop boasts a one-of-a-kind selection of merchandise. In addition to educational toys, books, and other fun gifts for kids, we also carry unique, fair-trade gifts from around the world. These handmade items include jewelry, baskets, ornaments, purses, trinkets, and much more. And of course, we’ve also got plenty of novelty and souvenir items for the zoo lover in your life!
We’re open 10am to 5pm every day through and including Christmas Eve, so stop in and see us. Our staff is happy to help you choose the perfect gift for anyone left on your list!
BONUS: Save 20% on all gift shop purchases of $25+ through December 31, 2018!
The most versatile gift of all time, gift cards are great because they let the recipients choose. Here are a few ways to spend a Reptiland gift card.
- Purchase a Zoo Membership – the gift that keeps on giving . . . the whole year
- Attend our Special Events – throughout the year we host several events including Reading with Reptiles, Birds of Prey Day, Dino Days, and Flashlight Safari
- Experience a Behind-the-Scenes tour – discover the inner-workings of an AZA accredited zoo
- Book a Birthday party – bring your party animals for a WILD birthday celebration
- Feed a tortoise – Meet and feed our two lovable Aldabra tortoises, Al & Henry
- Become a zoo parent and adopt an animal (described above)
- Get some Gift shop goodies – from silly souvenirs to African artifacts and everything in between
- or just come to the zoo for fun day filled with fascinating animals and live shows!
Gift cards can be purchased via phone and mailed directly to the recipient. If you’re really short on time, we’ll even create and email a custom print-out that you can wrap and give to the recipient until the real deal arrives.
The bottom line is, we’re here to help! With a wide range of educational options, one-of-a-kind gift items, and interactive zoo experiences, we’re certain you can find a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list—and quick!
Come to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland for the personalized service and meaningful gifts you won’t find at big-box stores.
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!
Treat 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?
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!
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!
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.
March 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
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!
2. Online Resources (Just be careful–not every source is a good one!)
A few good sources:
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.
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!
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…
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
In the mean time, until Spring actually arrives, keep warm!
(Our Winter Warm-Ups are perfect for getting out of the cold…hint, hint)
Sick of giving the same old flowers and candy to your special someone? Why not give from the heart with these Valentine’s Day gifts that give back?
We carry countless fair trade items from around the world, but we think the Brass Images line is especially exquisite, making it a great gift for Valentine’s Day (or any occasion…like a Tuesday).
Based in South Africa, Brass Images produces handcrafted brass and copper jewelry. Artisans apply high heat to these metals to produce ruby red copper and antiqued brass finishes without the use of paints or dyes. Gemstone accents add a colorful touch to the beautiful ethnic designs. These pieces have a unique yet polished look that can be dressed up or down and are sure to make a statement this Valentine’s day–because nothing says, “I Love You” like gorgeous jewelry that supports artisans in South Africa!
Note: the beautiful metal leaf sculpture featured in these photos is also for sale!