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Bird's Eye View from Reptile Gardens, Volume 2

I hope everyone survived the winter - and I hope winter is done for all of us in general. We are now in our spring season here at Reptile Gardens and we opened our doors on March 4th! If you are interested in seeing our new additions to the lower ring of our Dome and check out the spring bird and snake programs, along with all the other exhibits and the tropical flowers, now is the time to come. SkyDome

The crowds are still small and the entry prices are lower so if you want to save some money and get a jump on the summer, our spring season is the one for you. And, if you are from the region it is very beneficial to visit now and get your season passes, available even with the lower spring price! No extra charge for the season pass, pay once and return the rest of the season for free.

exhibitThe Reptile department has put in a few new exhibits, including the already very popular baby alligator and baby turtle aquarium. Around the lower ring of the Dome we have had a fantastic artist, Andy Hade, working all winter on fun informative signs and now on a mural that is already starting to look great.

And watch for our fun new "Fact or Fiction" wall coming soon. Along with that, they are finishing up a glass wall that encircles the gator arena, which will not only keep all of us safe but also allow everyone a better view of that ever-popular show. That's just some of the changes you can find this spring.

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The Bird department is doing spring bird programs - they are small compared to our summer shows but are in a very intimate setting, allowing Guests to ask questions and see our birds up close. We are, of course, preparing for our summer shows, which requires quite a lot of training and planning. Every year we try to offer you something a bit different so we have to write a new script and plan out the birds' behaviors. This year we are trying some new behaviors with our birds and adding a few new bird species, so we are looking forward to an exciting summer program.summer-show

With the snow currently melted (hopefully till next winter) it is the perfect time to grab the kids and get outside! We hope to see you all soon! And, if anyone has a lot of extra time on their hands this summer and is interested in a seasonal position, we are currently hiring in a few of our departments. Want a summer job? Just check out our website where we have online applications for you to fill out.

Keep your eyes to the skies for more accounts from a Bird's Eye View! Watch for behind-the-scenes staff member interviews that are coming in the near future.

Teresa
Assistant Curator of Birds

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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!