It’s Not Too Late: Last Minute Gifts from Reptiland

It happens every year: time is running out, and you just need one or two last minute gifts…

We’ve got you covered!

Our Holiday Gift Guide has some great ideas, or enlist the help of our gift shop staff–they’re happy to help you find the perfect gift. From high end items to costume jewelry and the smallest of stocking stuffers, we have it all. We’re also open from 10:00am to 5:00pm through Christmas Eve (closed Christmas day).

Or give the gift of a zoo experience (and buy it over the phone)!

Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Tour our off-display areas, see animals not exhibited in the zoo, and talk one-on-one with our animal experts.

Zoo Membership
membership

Ideal for families and individuals alike, our memberships offer unlimited free admissions for one year as well as discounts and other perks!

…and never underestimate the power of Gift Cards! Let the cardholder decide how to spend their zoo dollars, whether it’s on zoo membership, admissions, of merchandise!

No time to stop in and shop? No worries. Give us a call at 570.538.1869 and complete your order over the phone! We’ll even email a file that can be printed and given to the recipient until your gift arrives, complete with a description of what is included (for BTS tours & membership).

Good luck shopping for your last minute gifts, and best wishes for a happy & healthy holiday season!

zulugrass beaded jewelry

Natural Selections Gift Shop Spotlight: Zulugrass

We strive to fill the Natural Selections Gift Shop with fun, educational items for children, while at the same time providing high-quality, unique gifts for adults. One of the product lines we’re proud to carry is Zulugrass.  A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Zulugrass offers beautiful handmade beaded jewelry, and purchasing it supports the very women that make it!  Read how it all started, then come to the Natural Selections Gift Shop to check Zulugrass out for yourself!

Zulugrass

Leading a traditionally pastoral lifestyle, the Maasai people of the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania herd cattle and live off the land. Despite modernization and change happening around them, the Maasai continue to keep their culture and traditions alive, adorning themselves with colorful clothing and ornaments.

After a terrible drought devastated the area and killed their cattle, essentially destroying their livelihood, the Maasai men were forced to drive the few remaining cattle miles away in search of better grazing, while the women were left (ill-equipped) to feed, clothe, and support their families.

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photo courtesy of leakeycollection.com

Philip and Katy Leakey live among the Maasai, and decided they had to do something to help their neighbors get through the hard times that lie ahead. By utilizing the natural resources around them and the skilled beadwork of the Maasai women, the Leakeys came up with an idea…and Zulugrass was born!

zulugrass beaded jewelryZulugrass jewelry is made from tall, native grass that is dried, cut into beads, dyed in over 200 colors, and strung onto durable elastic. The Leakeys added the touch of Czech glass beads for a more contemporary look with a bit of sparkle. The strands can be worn as necklaces, bracelets, anklets, chokers, and even belts!

zulugrassWomen began harvesting blades of grass one at a time for the unique handmade jewelry. Word spread of the opportunity that Zulugrass presented, allowing women the flexibility to bring their babies and toddlers to work and earn money for each piece of jewelry they made. Soon, women were walking as far as 2 hours each way to take advantage of this!

Zulugrass continues to grow, and now over 1,400 Maasai women are making Zulugrass, using their skills to support their families while maintaining the integrity of their traditional lifestyle.

Zulugrass is a fair trade product that supports the local economy of the Maasai people in Kenya.  For more information on Zulugrass jewelry and other fair trade products they make, visit www.leakeycollection.com.