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Reptile Gardens Coloring Contest Winners

Winners of the Reptile Gardens Coloring Contest Announced

June 2010 — Despite the lack of sunshine, Reptile Gardens had a great turn out for their 73rd Guest Appreciation Weekend, Birthday Party for their beloved giant tortoise Methuselah, and Coloring Contest.

Families who attended not only had the chance to visit the more than 200 species of reptiles and the park, but there was also plenty of food. Everyone at the park enjoyed cake (courtesy of Family Thrift Center), Coca-Cola, and Methuselah's favorite treat, watermelon. Other highlights included prize drawings and a Coloring Contest.

Reptile Gardens gave out more than 2,200 coloring sheets at Family Thrift Centers throughout Rapid City. Kids were asked to color the picture and return it to Family Thrift Center to be hung in the park for Methuselah's birthday and to be entered in the contest.

Pictures were judged in three different age groups, 0-5 years old, 6-9 years old and 10-12 years old. The winners are:

? Kendal Kostenbauer, age 5

? Darcy Ringer, age 8

? Taylor Anderson, age 11

Reptile Gardens would like to thank everyone their sponsors, Family Thrift Center and Coco-Cola, as well as all of those who attended and remind the kids to be on the look-out for the 130th birthday coloring sheets next year at your Rapid City Family Thrift Centers.

About Reptile Gardens

Founded in 1937, Reptile Gardens is a family-owned reptile park located in Rapid City, South Dakota. Their mission is to educate the public on important environmental issues, while working closely with many major zoos worldwide to promote species survival. Housing a large variety of unique reptiles and exotic plants, this reptile zoo is actively involved within the local community and provides wildlife education for people of all ages.

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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!