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!

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.

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)

 

 

 

 

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
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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!

Frogs Alive

Have a Hoppy Holiday with Frogs Alive

Take a break from your holiday shopping and check out Frogs Alive!

hoppy holiday- frogs aliveThis limited-time exhibit is at the Lycoming Mall through the end of the year. Conveniently located next to Old Navy, it provides a great escape for anyone who needs a time-out from all that shopping–especially the kiddos!

It’s been seen by over 5 million people in big cities across North America, and now people in Central PA have the opportunity to experience it! With over 100 LIVE frogs, interactive exhibits, and educational graphics, Frogs Alive! is a must-see exhibition.

We recently had a group of young students visit, and they had a blast! They enjoyed seeing exotic frogs from around the world and playing with the interactive components of the exhibit. They even got to do a fun frog craft!*

So whether you need a hiatus from holiday shopping or you’re just looking for something fun to do, visit Frogs Alive!, open through December 31, 2014. Call 570.538.1869 for hours.

Have a very hoppy holiday season!

*Craft is provided by the Lycoming Mall and is only offered to education-based groups scheduled in advance. If interested in bringing a group to the exhibit, please call  the number listed above for pricing and availability.

Meet the Team: 2014 Dino Starting Lineup

With March Madness in full swing and the return of Dinosaurs Come to Life in less than a month, we wanted to give you a glimpse at our impressive lineup of dinos for 2014!

Dilophosaurus

dino starting lineupAs the only returning dino, Dilophosaurus is a seasoned vet and fan favorite.  “The spitter” boasts a double-crested head and impressive trajectory of his “poison,” perfect for cooling kids off on a hot summer day. Just don’t mention the movie Jurassic Park—he’s still upset about their inaccurate depiction of him being the size of a dog with girly frills…

Suchomimus

dino starting lineupSuchomimus has a long, narrow snout reminiscent of crocodilians and former DCTL player Baryonyx. Although he’s not the largest in the group, with sharp claws, ferocious teeth, and a prime position within the murky waters of Reptiland, his strategy is intimidation. Thankfully, he’s all “roar” and no bite. He also prefers fish over other meat, so no worries.

Dimetrodon

Dimetrodon is known as the most famous “non-dinosaur” dinosaur, and can be easily identified by the large sail on his back. As the subject of the Paint the Dino Coloring Contest, we’re anxious to see his custom paint job! Classified as a pelycosaur (mammal-like reptile), this guy walked the earth nearly 50 million years before dinosaurs. Don’t let his old age fool you, though…he destroys prey with not one, but TWO types of deadly teeth, hence his name meaning “two-form teeth.”

Triceratops

triceratopsThis three-horned, plant-munching dino is one of the most recognizable dinosaurs of all time and will make a great addition to the DCTL crew! Hailing from the good old US of A, Triceratops has gone up against some heavy hitters. Despite being preyed on by the great Tyrannosaurus rex, we’re confident he’s got what it takes to make 2014 our best exhibit season yet!

Giganotosaurus

giganotosaurusAnd lastly, weighing in at over 17,000 pounds with a length of 46 feet, Giganotosaurus is just that: GIGANTIC! Though no longer considered the largest land predator (thanks a lot Spinosaurus), he does beat out the 3 year, retired DCTL star and former “King of the Dinosaurs,” Tyrannosaurus rex as far as size. Still the largest creature at Reptiland by far, we’re trying to keep Giga‘s ego in check so his head doesn’t get too big (it’s big enough as it is).

 

Oh, and don’t forget about our static dinosaurs and their year-round presence on the Prehistoric Path. Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Coelophysis, Parasaurolophus, and our juvenile T. rex do a great job for us in the off-season!

Check out Dinosaurs Come to Life and witness these dinos in action when their season starts on April 19, 2014!


Great Things to Come in 2014

Don’t succumb to post-holiday/seasonal depression. Yes, it’s still cold and snowy in Central PA, but here at Reptiland, we’re too busy prepping for great things in 2014 to let ourselves get down in the dumps.

Our 2nd annual Paint the Dino Coloring Contest starts today! While our subject for the contest isn’t technically considered a dinosaur (Dimetrodon is a pelycosaur, another prehistoric reptile), we’re anxiously awaiting the submissions we’ll get from all the talented and creative kids out there. So if you know any children 11 and under with a knack for art, who love to color, or have a passion for reptiles, print this coloring page for them and submit their designs for the chance to be chosen as Dimetrodon‘s custom paint job this spring. But hurry–the contest ends February 14! Click here for contest details.

VenomDue to its popularity, Venom: Nature’s Chemical Weapon has been extended through January. This fascinating live show centered around animal toxins features 8 venomous/poisonous animals. Roughly an hour long, Venom educates and excites guests, explaining both the dangers and benefits of these toxins. In case you missed it this fall, come check it out–weekends at 1:30 pm!

22q International FoundationOn Sunday, May 18, 2014 we will be participating in 22q at the Zoo. This worldwide event aims to bring awareness to 22q11.2 deletion, a chromosomal syndrome that is present in 1 out of every 2,000-4,000 live births. No two people affected are the same, making detection and diagnosis difficult. 22q at the Zoo gives families a chance to have a fun-filled day at the zoo, socialize with other 22q families, and help raise the public profile of this little-known syndrome all in one day. We’re happy to support this great foundation, and we’re excited to show everyone a great time on May 18!

July 2014 officially marks 50 years in business for Reptiland! To honor this milestone and celebrate it with our members and visitors, we’re planning a series of special events for this summer. We can’t reveal any of the details yet, but stay tuned–we’re doing it BIG for our 50th anniversary!

Don’t forget to check facebook, twitter, and our website regularly for details on these and many other exciting things to come for 2014. Happy New Year!