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!

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.

4 Reasons Why Winter is a Great Time to Visit

new front entranceWinter weather can easily put a damper on your family fun…but it doesn’t have to!

The zoo might not be your first thought when thinking of things to do, but here are 4 reasons why winter is a great time to visit Reptiland.

  • 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 it all at a cozy room temperature.

    If you do feel a chill walking to the Island Giants building, don’t worry—you’ll warm up as soon as you get inside. Komodo dragons require extreme heat, and inside their exhibit space it’s over 90° F! You can also catch a Winter Warm-up in this building, a 30-minute show sure to keep your tootsies toasty!

  • You Get a More Personal Experience

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

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    Winter Warm-ups are great for staying warm, but they also offer a chance to learn about reptiles in a very intimate, casual setting. After these shows, you can join our keeper in the gallery to watch one of the animals get fed. Our Animal Encounters take place at 11:30, 1:00, and 2:30 and let you see animals up-close and ask questions. These feedings and encounters are not done any other time of the year, and they make each visit unique and special.

  • It Costs Less

    Because our seasonal exhibits are closed from November-April, we take $2 off our regular admission prices. With the lowered rates and more personal attention, you’re actually getting more of an experience for less money.

  • There are no Crowds or Lines

    If you’ve ever been here on a weekend in July, you know that it can get pretty busy… While we are always thankful to have a full house (the more the merrier), we understand that it can be frustrating for our visitors—especially the kiddos.

    The good news is, during winter there’s no need to hurry so the people behind you can see; there’s no waiting in line at 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 part of the zoo…and we hope that you do.

As a small business, we appreciate having guests any day of the year, but we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that the off-season brings by visiting this winter!

Venom Starts this Weekend!

Update 12/5/13:  This limited event has been extended through January 2014!

Just in time for Halloween, when ghoulish characters and terrifying monsters are lurking about, we’ve got our own creepy creatures here at the zoo…

Monsters and Dragons and Giants, OH MY!

Gila monsters, Komodo dragons, and a giant cane toad to be more specific, and you can see all of them starting this Saturday at 1:30 pm! Check out Venom: Nature’s Chemical Weapon.* This fascinating live event showcases venomous species in a safe, entertaining format. Featured animals include a variety of reptiles as well as a scorpion and the poisonous cane toad (neither of which are on display here at the zoo!).

Although this show introduces viewers to many widely feared species, it’s also meant to educate people on the benefits of venom, particularly in the medical field. For instance, many know the deadly effects of venom, but did you know that it is also used in several medications as a pain reliever and helps treat various heart conditions?

Venom dispels common myths, highlights the potential animal toxins offer for human medicine, and presents tips for safely enjoying nature in areas where venomous reptiles live. Visit us this weekend at 1:30 (or any weekend through December) to experience Venom LIVE!

BONUS: Get here early and witness a Komodo dragon feeding in our new Island Giants building!

*Featured as our 1:30 pm show only on weekends in November and December; all other show times feature our standard Reptile show.

The Wonders of a Zoo…After Dark

Flashlight Safari at Reptiland

Have you ever wondered what happens in a zoo after dark? You might imagine something similar to “Night at the Museum” where all the animals magically come out of their cages and begin their nightly frolics. Believe it or not, this isn’t the case. Many animals, however, are more active after the lights go out than they are during the daytime. Don’t quite believe it? A visit to Reptiland’s annual Flashlight Safari will ease your doubts.

Like a giant factory, nature works around the clock. When the animals of the day shift retire for evening, their nocturnal counterparts fill in the same niches at night. For example- think about birds and bats. Whereas you see birds during the day, bats take their place at night. In actuality there are more nocturnal animals, both in sheer numbers and in number of species, than diurnal (active during the day) animals.

Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland offers an annual event that allows visitors to see these nocturnal animals up close, viewing the habits that we typically miss. You’ll be amazed by the efficiency of most nocturnal animals. Snakes, for example are among the most efficient nocturnal predators, even thouflashlight safarigh they have poor eyesight. Their excellent sense of smell aids in detecting and tracking prey. Snakes smell with their tongue and some even have heat-sensing organs on either side of the face to detect the distance and location of the prey. Flashlight Safari offers the opportunity to venture through Reptiland’s Exhibit Gallery with nothing but a flashlight to guide you, seeing these incredible creatures at work. You will see mambas, cobras, pythons and rattlesnakes, along with aquatic turtles, poisonous dart frogs, tree monitors and crocodilians. But that’s not all–there will also be opportunities to touch certain animals. . . an American alligator, for one. Also in the lineup for up-close viewing will be Madagascar hissing cockroaches, a tarantula, emperor scorpion, and boa constrictor.

After all this, be sure to step outside and explore Dinosaurs Come to Life, our animatronic dinosaur exhibit featuring a dozen species of life-size extinct reptiles. Torches and spotlights will help guide you through this journey where you’ll see a Baryonyx waiting in the swamp, the venom-spitting Dilophosaurus, gentle Brachiousaurus, a nervous Euoplocephalus and of course the two story tall Tyrannosaurus rex!

The adventure awaits the next two weekends at Reptiland on Friday and Saturday, October 19th & 26th  and 20th & 27th  from 6-9pm. Live nocturnal animal shows  featuring a great horned owl, Norway rat, emperor scorpion, giant Indian fruit bat, rattlesnake and more will be presented at 6, 7, and 8pm each night. Groups of 15 or more people that call in advance will qualify for special discounted rates. So, leave the ghosts and goblins for another time, and this year go on a Flashlight Safari at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland for an unforgettable experience!