What is Tribal Art?

  • Tribal Art is a very special type of art and is rarely created strictly for its own sake.
  • Even the most aesthetically beautiful designs have significance.


Whether ceremonial in origin or for utilitarian use, most tribal art springs from ancient and very traditional tribal, clan, and family imagery and design.

The Jungle Outpost features tribal arts and crafts from around the world - Huichol beadwork, dragons and fairies, Tibetan singing bowls, gift from Indonesia, tribal drums, Tibetan and tribal jewelry.  We are especially noted for our collection of New Guinea art (we house the largest selection of Papua New Guinea tribal art for sale in North America).  The pieces of oceanic tribal art from Jungle Outpost provide authentic artwork for your home that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Gallery Hours

Like with the Reptile Gardens Gift Shop, the Jungle Outpost is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or you can check out the online store for the Jungle Outpost.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay zoo admission to browse the variety of oceanic tribal art at the Jungle Outpost. 

The Jungle Outpost is unlike any other Rapid City, SD attraction or art collection you’ll see. In fact it's unlikely you will see as much New Guinea art for sale in one place anywhere else!

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You can also browse our online store to find one of our “Go Wrestle a Gator" shirts! 

Supporting the Animals

We want to thank you for every purchase you make at the Reptile Gardens gift shop.  Each dollar spent in our gift shop helps provide financial support for our ongoing operations at Reptile Gardens.  Your purchases also fund conservation and research initiatives, which help to try and preserve animals and habitats in South Dakota and around the world.


Dog Policy

We love all animals, wild and domesticated. Unfortunately due to a high number of recent incidents with dogs, our insurance company has advised us that we can no longer allow dogs, or other personal pets, on the Reptile Gardens grounds. ADA approved service dogs are, of course, allowed although there are three areas where they are not allowed for their safety and the safety of our animals. We do offer a shaded grassy area adjacent to our parking lot for walking your dog. We only ask that your pet be leashed and attended to at all times. You are welcome to come and go from the park as often as you like to tend to your dog. For more information, visit our FAQ Page


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