Clint Hubbeling

“Working with animals is very unpredictable. There’s lots of moments, whether you’re trying to avoid snakes or alligators or getting peed on.”

Position: Assistant Facility Manager

Responsibilities: Keeping up with repairs, rebuilding, painting, general upkeep of property and assisting head facility manager, can range to wherever they need me. Any job that needs done that’s technical.

Clint has been working at Reptile Gardens since 1997 while he was in high school. He started out working concessions at the Green Parrot Café and gradually worked his way up. He quickly progressed into helping with painting and cleaning and getting the facilities ready to open. He worked in the reptile shows for four or five seasons and helped in the bird department taking care of the animals. He’s a “jack of all trades,” he said.

Best part of the job:

Clint said his favorite part of the job is not only the employees he gets to work with, but even the employers that he gets to work for. To work at a job as long as he has takes a lot of dedication and there has to be good management and he’s always enjoyed working there. The guests make the experience completely worth it as well.

“Seeing different guests from all over the world. We’re landlocked here in Rapid City, South Dakota in the Black Hills but the diversity that actually visit, gives you a taste of the different cultures and walks of life so that’s always fun.”

Things to know about Clint

1. Clint loves to travel and see new things and be in new places. His favorite places to travel are the northern and northwestern national parks where he can see mountain ranges and coastal areas.
2. He likes to be outdoors and camp and hike as much as he possibly can.
3. He has a very rambunctious, fun loving, energetic rescue dog named Roxy that keeps him on his toes.


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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 Funtier Town

Try your hand at gemstone sluicing, go on a 3D safari, or test your aim at the shooting gallery! Our very own old west ghost town has 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!