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).
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!
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…
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
Great job, guys and gals!
And without further ado, the 2017 Paint the Dino Coloring Contest winner is . . . *drumroll*
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!)
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!
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!
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)!
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!
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
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!
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!*
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!
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.
Whether you’re buying for an animal lover, a choosy child, or “the person who has everything,” our zoo gifts will take the guesswork out of your holiday shopping . . . and please everyone on your list!
Get Creative: Give Animal Art
The perfect gift for the animal-lover on your list: a piece of art from the Reptiland Originals collection! No two pieces are the same, and they’re priced at just $19.95 and $24.95. Created on quality stretched canvas, this artwork comes ready to display and enjoy.
Not local? Not a problem! We’re happy to pack, wrap, and ship any piece!
Make Someone a Zoo Parent
Congratulations, it’s a . . . zoo animal!
Show loved ones you care by adopting an animal in their name. Our Adopt-an-Animal program makes a great gift for individuals AND families. Choose from 12 different animals with packages starting at just $25. This gift can be shipped directly to the recipient with a personal message from you . . . or even emailed!
Buy Fair Trade
Many items in the Natural Selections Gift Shop are fair trade, and each purchase supports merchants, artisans, farmers, and more in developing countries. Learn more about fair trade.
On top of that, you won’t find these items anywhere else in the area! Our fair trade merchandise ranges from recycled paper ornaments to fine jewelry and spans all price points. Shop fair trade and enjoy unique finds and quality products at reasonable prices—all while supporting communities across the globe.
BONUS: Save 20% on your entire gift shop purchase through December 31!
Give your recipient the gift of FUN with a Reptiland gift card! It never expires, and the recipient has the power to choose how it’s spent, for example:
- Zoo Membership – the gift that keeps on giving . . . the whole year
- Tortoise feeding – meet and feed Al & Henry, our two lovable Aldabra tortoises
- Behind-the-Scenes tour – discover the inner-workings of an AZA accredited zoo
- Birthday party – join our party animals for a WILD birthday celebration
- Gift shop merchandise – from silly souvenirs to African artifacts and everything in between
- or just a fun day at the zoo!
Regardless of how they are redeemed, Reptiland gift cards are always money well spent! To purchase, stop in or call us at 570-538-1869—we’re happy to mail the gift card to you or the recipient at no extra charge! (We’ll even email a printable file to give to the recipient if you’re extra short on time)
Whatever your holiday shopping needs, we’re here to help. Stop in seven days a week from 10am to 5pm to shop in our gift shop, pick up some zoo gifts, or get assistance from our friendly staff!
Have a happy holiday season, and we hope to see you soon!
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our Holiday Gift Picks!