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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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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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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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You Guys Have It Easy Out There Now That The Tourists Are Gone

Today’s blog combines a column written in 1967 by long-time General Manager Jim Campbell with updates and additions from me. By the way, we aren’t anywhere near closing yet.  We’re open until the end of the year. Those of us … Continue reading

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Reptile Gardens…or United Nations?

Many people do not know that the Black Hills was one of the top finalists in the search for a location for the United Nations. The beginnings of what was to become the United Nations were set in motion back … Continue reading

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