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Jeff Oldham

"I have a great job, am well supported by an outstanding group of people, and enjoy offering people quality, memorable merchandise."

Position: Assistant General Manager

Responsibilities: Insures the smooth operation of the store and ticket area including staffing and training, as well as introducing new products into the Reptile Gardens Gift Store.

With an eye for market trends in the retail industry, Jeff develops the Reptile Gardens product line, establishes relationships with vendors, and is always on the lookout for new ideas for the shop. He works closely with merchants and managers, handles purchasing, budgeting, and accounting for his department, and always ensures quality service.

His buying trips include the huge Gem & Mineral Show in Tucson and the annual Denver Gift Show, where he seeks out new and unique items for the Gift Store.

“I love seeing happy families and especially children come into the shop after their reptilian adventure! They’re always so excited about their experience.”

Jeff notes the most popular items are the plush animals of Maniac and Methuselah, and of course, the t-shirts.

First job at the Gardens

Jeff was originally hired to be a reptile show presenter, but he admits his first few appearances on stage were complete disasters.

“I once had 2 snakes out of their cages at the same time (which is bad, there should have been only one); I later had a Jamaican Boa wrapped around my arm and every time I moved, he would sink its teeth deeper into my arm. I’ve also tripped over an alligator, and lost my 2-way radio in the croc pool.”

 

Things to know about Jeff

  1. His grandfather is Earl Brockelsby.
  2. His father was a herpetologist and college professor.
  3. He has a wife and 2 children; his youngest is afraid of snakes.
  4. He started working in the Gift Store in 2000, when he gave up snakes, but still enjoys the shows and still makes an appearance once in awhile.
  5. He graduated from Colorado State with bachelors degree in teaching.
  6. Outside of work: following his children's sports teams, working in the yard, and enjoying the Hills.

 

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About Us

Sky Dome

Step inside the Sky Dome to experience a warm tropical climate while exploring our indoor jungle filled with exotic and unique flora and fauna. 

Rattlesnake Gulch

Try your hand at gemstone sluicing or go on a 3D safari. Our very own old west ghost town as numerous photo opportunities and activities to keep the kids entertained.

Cheyenne's Habitat

Cheyenne the bald eagle has been a permanent resident of Reptile Gardens for 11 years with permission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Maniac's habitat

Maniac is our resident giant saltwater crocodile. At over 16 feet long and1,350pounds, he is one of the largest giant crocodiles in the western hemisphere. If you don't see him at his enclosure inside the SkyDome, make sure to check outside!

Prairie Dog Town

Get down to eye-level with these fuzzy little animals and see firsthand what life is like in a typical prairie dog town!

Methuselah's Playground

Methuselah was a giant Galapagos Tortoise weighing in at over 600 pounds, and a long time resident of Reptile Gardens. His memory lives on at this playground featuring a bronze statue of Methuselah himself. 

Snake Show stage

Get up-close-and-personal with our snake ambassadors in this family-friendly snake handling show.

Gator Show stage

Dozens of Alligators, Crocodiles, and Caimans and one keeper...what could go wrong? Separate fact from fiction in this educational, family-friendly show and get a chance to pet Fluffy, our baby gator!

Bird Show stage

Interact with birds from around the world at the Bird Show, where they love to show off their beauty and intelligence. 

Gift Shop

Carrying a wide variety of Reptile Gardens souvenirs as well as educational books for every age and a variety of stunning rocks, minerals, and fossils from all over the world.

Green Parrot Cafe

Hungry? Refuel with buffalo burgers, The Maniac burger, Black Mamba Shakes, Indian Tacos, and more!

Giant Tortoise

Don't miss this photo opportunity! Get up-close and personal with these friendly giants who love to have their neck scratched and are great with kids. 

Tortuga Falls

Take a stroll through this meditative garden, gaze into our turtle and koi pond, listen to the waterfalls, and don't miss Darwin the Kookaburra! 

Walking Garden

We're about more than just Reptiles! Our outdoor gardens are beauty to be seen as they change throughout the season and year after year. 

Living Wall

This vertical garden is a wall of color that grows and changes through the Summer season creating striking patterns and unique portraits as it grows. 

Pet A Python

Don't miss your chance to Pet a Python!  Our snake handlers ar here to talk about any questions or myths you've heard about snakes. Don't forget your camera! Our pythons are very photogenic and love to photos with you!