Scales and Tales

Reptile Gardens announces final week of the season specials

As the tourism season draws to a close in the Black Hills, Reptile Gardens has announced special admission the week of November 26 through December 2, 2012.

During this final week of operation for 2012, admission is free with two cans of food per person. The items will be donated to the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive, in an effort to end hunger in South Dakota.

We've had such good success with the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive in past years during Mother's Day we decided to accept donations again during the holiday season. It provides a great opportunity to come visit our exhibits for the last time before the spring, while also donating to a great cause.

In addition to the special admission, all Gift Shop merchandise will be 20% off for those looking to do some holiday shopping. From jewelry to unique art and artifacts, the Gift Shop and the Jungle Outpost at Reptile Gardens have the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

"From stocking stuffer books and toys to Himalayan pink salt lamps, we've got it all" said John Brockelsby, Public Relations Director, "Stop by and take a look, you might be surprised what you find."

The hours of operation are 9:00 am — 3:00 pm daily. Do not miss this final opportunity to see our wild and wonderful creatures! Reptile Gardens will re-open in 2013 on April 1 for the Spring season.



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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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