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Reptile Gardens' website goes mobile

Rapid City, S.D. — Reptile Gardens wants to reach customers where they're at—their mobile devices.

Over 93 percent of adults in the United States own a cell phone and the demand for mobile access to Internet has skyrocketed. Twenty percent of households are mobile-only, and 11 percent of mobile phone owners make purchases through their phones. By January 2012, 50 percent of all cellular phones will be smartphones.

Statistics like this are the reason Reptile Gardens CEO, Joe Maierhauser, decided that now was a good time to go mobile.

"The mobile website provides an overview of the many different things to see and do in the park," said Maierhauser. "This is helpful to new guests looking for information about the park."

The mobile website provides all the essential business information at a glance. It is designed to load quickly, and be easy to read and navigate through.

Anytime someone searches for Reptile Gardens or types in reptilegardens.com, they are welcomed by a dashboard containing different buttons to click on instead of the traditional website, which is difficult to view on a small smartphone screen. The dashboard resembles an application except there is no downloading required.

Mobile websites allow customers to view vital information from the company's site quickly. They are designed to have less content and be formatted specifically to fit all different mobile devices.

The outline for Reptile Gardens' new mobile website can be viewed here: http://www.reptilegardens.mobi. The mobile site includes the following convenient navigation icons:

  • Things to See and Do

  • Deadliest Snakes

  • Gardens

  • Shows

  • Find Us

  • Rates and Hours

  • Reptiles & Amphibians

  • Facebook

  • Phone


Mobile users who wish to view the complete Reptile Gardens website can still switch to the full-site version with just one click.

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About Reptile Gardens

Reptile Gardens is a reptile park located in Rapid City, South Dakota. To learn more about Reptile Gardens' hours, admission costs, and season pass specials, call (605) 342-5873 or (800) 335-0275 or visit their website at reptilegardens.com.

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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!