Author Archives: Joe Maierhauser

About Joe Maierhauser

I have two main passions: building the premier, most beautiful reptile park in the world and collecting and dealing in the art of Papua New Guinea…so when I’m not researching new opportunities for Reptile Gardens (or trying to keep Terry in line), I’m passionately chasing after my collection of New Guinea art.

Here We Go Again! Another Wild Snake Story

These photos have been circulating for several years now. And, as usual, each time they make the rounds of emails the story gets wilder and wilder and more utterly ridiculous. So, let’s just hammer this one point by point. Please … Continue reading

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Reptile Gardens Mourns the Loss of Maude Brockelsby

Maude Brockelsby, wife of Reptile Gardens founder Earl Brockelsby, died on 11 December 2011 at the age of 95. Maude (Wagner) Brockelsby was born Nov. 2, 1916, in Lake Andes, S.D., the granddaughter of immigrants from Germany and Ireland.  Her … Continue reading

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Unique holiday gift shopping at Reptile Gardens

By now, you have survived the Black Friday chaos and maybe even snagged some deals on Cyber Monday – the Monday after Black Friday set aside for online shoppers. If you still have some gift shopping to do but don’t … Continue reading

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Marv Basham

Reptile Gardens just lost its last link to the past, Marv Basham (1917-2011). Until yesterday, Marv was the last person still around who was here on opening day in June of 1937. He had helped build our original buildings and … Continue reading

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Methuselah – Reptile Gardens’ Beloved Mascot for 56 years.

On Sunday 9 July 2011 we were all saddened by the loss of our old friend and long-time animal resident, Methuselah the giant Galapagos Tortoise. Methuselah arrived at Reptile Gardens in December of 1954 from the Galapagos Islands off the … Continue reading

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75 YEARS AND GOING STRONG! CALLING ALL FORMER & CURRENT REPTILE GARDENS STAFF MEMBERS

Next year, 2012, Reptile Gardens will be celebrating its 75th anniversary. You know what that means? We are planning a fun staff reunion to celebrate this momentous anniversary. The main reunion event will be held on Saturday, 30 June 2012 … Continue reading

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Practical Jokes at Reptile Gardens

Reptile Gardens’ founder Earl Brockelsby (1916-1993) was notorious for his elaborate & sometimes nasty practical jokes.  Among them were: *Propping open the mouth of a dead alligator with the Sunday newspaper inside & setting it outside a friend’s  home…a friend … Continue reading

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Featured Reptile of the Week

Featured reptile of the week: the Fiji Iguana. Good work everyone, my ‘Who Am I’ post from the other day is indeed a Fiji Iguana. It is, in fact, a hybrid Banded/Crested Fiji Iguana and is on loan to us … Continue reading

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Back When the Sky Dome was New

David, Jada, Clint and the rest of the staff have been really busy in the Sky Dome since we closed for the season. They have done a lot of work on the mezzanine level and even more in the Safari … Continue reading

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Rocks, Fossils, Jewelry, and New Guinea Art!

Next week, we are headed to the world’s largest gem and mineral show in Tucson, Arizona to seek out and buy rare and beautiful rocks, fossils, minerals and who knows what else for our 2011 season. We never know what … Continue reading

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