Heat Wave Weekends at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

It may be frigid outside this time of year, but we’re heating things up at the zoo with our Heat Wave Weekends!

Join us on select weekends this winter to enjoy specialty shows featuring animals from warm climates.

Note: On these weekends, the following shows will be given in place of our regular seasonal show offering, Reptile Diversity.


Tropical Rainforest

Nowhere on earth can a greater diversity of life forms be found than in the tropical rainforests that straddle the equator, and this program celebrates that diversity! Through the use of an assortment of live animals representing habitats from the canopy to the forest floor, audiences are introduced to the excitement of jungle life.


In contrast to the rainforest, there is very little rainfall in the desert—less than 10 inches per year! Because of this, desert-dwellers have adapted to some of the harshest and driest of conditions. This show features exciting animals like a scorpion, star tortoise, various lizards, and snakes – including a western diamondback rattlesnake!

Gila monsters and Rodney the kinkajou, featured in special shows during Heat Wave Weekends at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Dates & Schedule

Heat Wave Weekends:

  • December 18-19, 2021
  • January 15-16, 2022
  • February 19-20, 2022
  • March 19-20, 2022

We will alternate the shows throughout the day so you can see one or both! Below is the show schedule.

  • 10:30 am – Desert
  • 12:00 pm – Tropical Rainforest
  • 1:30 pm – Desert
  • 3:00 pm – Tropical Rainforest

Warm up this winter with our Heat Wave Weekends!

Seating in the Program Center (where the shows are presented) is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. You can purchase general admission tickets in advance, but in order to secure a seat in the Program Center, we recommend getting there about 10-15 minutes before the show.