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.

Summer Fun at Reptiland

It’s no secret we’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year. We’re halfway through our planned events, and we don’t want the summer fun to end! It’s a good thing we’ve got two more events coming up! In case you missed them, here’s a glimpse of our celebrations thus far.

Summer Celebration Series – Dino Day

What a DINO-mite day! Kids got their faces painted with geckos, frogs, and butterflies; zoo keepers gave special animal encounters throughout the day; and everyone got to take home their own REAL dinosaur bone fragment! A large dino-filled coloring page was a collaborative project for kids visiting that day, and our friends from Sweet Frog, Scoop and Cookie, stopped by too! We also had a special Prehistoric Prize Package drawing that one lucky girl got to take home. It was a beautiful sunny day, and fun was had by all…We can’t wait for the next SCS day, Buggin’ Out!

Cheers to 50 Years

This event was the first of its kind at Reptiland, and we think it was a huge success! Thanks to the Genetti’s sponsorship, we were able to offer tickets for only $25, and the food they provided was amazing; from the passed hors d’oeuvres to the roast beef carving station, everything was fantastic. Also, three lucky guests won a complimentary night in the Genetti’s jacuzzi suite including a full hot breakfast the next morning–an awesome gift to walk away with for sure!

In addition to sampling beer and wine from local establishments, guests also enjoyed rhythmic drumming by Steve Mitchell and folk/rock music by Zac Baggett & Isaiah Britton. Clyde signed copies of his new book, Reptiland: How a Boyhood Dream became a Modern Zoo, and chatted with guests. Keepers entertained everyone with animal encounters and special alligator and Komodo dragon feedings. All of the exhibits were open as well, and guests were encouraged to meander through the zoo to enjoy all that the night had to offer!

We had wonderful exhibitors, superb entertainment, delicious food, and perfect weather, not to mention great company. We hope to host something like this again in the future–we’ll just have to find another reason to have a big party soon…another 50 years is too long to wait!

The summer fun isn’t over just yet–we’ve got two more Summer Celebrations left! Visit us tomorrow, July 22, for Buggin’ Out and on August 12 for Reptiland Safari. Click here for more information on these events. Hope to see you there!

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!

 

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!

Dinosaur Fun Facts: Baryonyx

Baryonyx was a 30 foot long, 3,700 pound dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period, approximately 130-125 million years ago. It was one of the few known piscivorous (fish eating) species and was equipped with special adaptations; long, narrow jaws filled with 128 finely serrated teeth and hook-like claws to hunt its prey.  Baryonyx hunted much like a modern day grizzly bear, sitting on the banks of rivers or wading in shallow waters, waiting for fish to swim past.  It may have even used its hooked thumbs to spear fish from the water. Its habitat consisted of subtropical river deltas and beaches. Although likely solitary animals, Baryonyx may have hunted in packs.
Dinosaur Fun Facts: BaryonyxYou can find an animatronic Baryonyx lurking in the waterways of Reptiland until the end of October. Baryonyx is one of the first dinosaurs you’ll encounter in our Dinosaurs Come to Life exhibit, followed by more than 10 other dinosaurs from the Cretaceous and Jurassic eras. The zoo is open daily from 10-5 on weekdays and 10-6 on weekends (note: hours vary based on season). Dinosaurs Come to Life will also be highlighted again this year during our annual Halloween event, Flashlight Safari, which takes place the last two weekends in October, and is your only chance to see the zoo after dark.