It's Been a Month Already?!?!?!

I can't believe it either, but it has already been a month since our last day at the OC Fair! It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying the crowds and the smells of Juicy's right across the way.

We had such a blast this year sharing our reptiles with HUNDREDS THOUSANDS of happy families enjoying a day out together. Our team spent so much time together they became like family sharing the ups and downs of 12+ hours of fair time fun a day! As you can see from the photos at times we might have gone a little loopy, but every family has a crazy one or two right?

While you are at the Orange County Fair nothing says family bonding time like getting wrapped up by a HUGE burmese python! And this year we literaly THOUSANDS of families enjoy this hands-on fun. 

Thanks to the wonders of technology for the first time they even had the opportunity to share the squeal inducing photos with friends and family through our complimentary Facebook download service! Each night we added every photo an album on The Reptile Zoo Facebook then it was the guests turn to tag, comment, like, and download their shots.

Hopefully all of our brave visitors have gotten a chance to like, share, and tag their photos with our lovely burmese pythons. Because on Monday to make room for even more great hands-on photos in the future we will be removing many of the photos. 

To keep your photo from being removed make sure to stop by our photo albums to like, tag and download and we will be sure to keep you as a permanent part of The Reptile Zoo memories from 2012! Otherwise unclaimed photos will be removed to make room for the great events we have planned next!

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Party Mobiles Are Back in Action!

It's been a long time coming, but we are happy to say our decked out Jurassic Party vehicles are making a comeback in a huge way decked out in our custom designed reptile theme! Complete with The Reptile Zoo's stars like TWINKIE the World's Largest Snake, Frank star of Disney Channel's JESSIE, Darthgator the American Alligator, Rattlesnakes and Thelma & Louise the two-headed snake, plus plenty of photos of the unique hands-on reptile interaction available at every Jurassic Party. 

For now we can only show you the sneak peek of the design comps, but you can see the finished product this weekend at our HUGE booth in the Anaheim Convention Center for the annual National Reptile Breeders Conference (NARBC). After that you will see us buzzing around town to and from The Reptile Zoo visiting schools and private residences all around Southern California providing educational and entertaining Jurassic Parties!

So keep an eye out for our lime green party mobiles, even honk if you see us! Then follow us back to The Reptile Zoo where you can see all your pictured favorites live and in-person, along with over 100 of their reptile friends!

 

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Photos, Photos, Get Your Photos at the Orange County Fair!

 

The Orange County Fair is in full swing and The Reptile Zoo is going to be there for every minute of it. If you haven't been by our display in the Kid Zone you are definitely missing out! We've got 20 great exhibits that include some of the most exotic reptiles we've ever displayed... but you'll just have to stop by to find out who those are!

 

 

As always we have the memory making opportunity for hands-on fun with an 8ft Burmese Python. Visitors response to Bob or Sunshine the Burmese Pythons can vary from extreme excitement to shear terror, but if they take the opportunity to get up close and personal it's always a picture worthy moment! Just check out a few of our favorites so far... (which is no easy task seeing as we have over 5,000 photos to choose from!)

 

 

 

 

To make sure everyone has the opportunity for this seemingly once in a lifetime opportunity we've put together several special packages to save you money and maximize the fun! As we always say the price is the same for as many people as we can SQUEEZE into the photo! So bring the whole family, grab your friends and stop by The Reptile Zoo booth in the Kid Zone at this year's Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa.

 

 

If these deals are not enough we are offering a complimentary download of every photo! Just head over to Facebook.com/TheReptileZoo to find your photo, tag it, share it, and download for your own at home prints! While you're there make sure to like our page to keep up to date with all of the latest happenings here at The Reptile Zoo.

 

 

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South African Photo Safari

FINALLY Founder Jay Brewer and the Prehistoric Inc. team have returned from their travels to South Africa! While they were there they kept busy visiting much of South Africa including Kruger National Park, Prehistoric Pets distributor Arno Naude, as well as the 2012 SOS² Reptile Expo where they got to see the exciting and growing reptile community of South Africa. We decided to keep today's blog text light and photo heavy, because photos of animals this majestic can do the talking all on their own! Check back in the coming weeks for video and even more photos from their trip !

 

 

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The Force Is Strong With This One.

Ummm, this one who?  Tobias of course, the lucky winner of our Gator Naming Contest and free admission to the Reptile Zoo!  We introduced our 5ft male Alligator and created a contest to find the most worthy name.  For 4 months straight we collected massive quantities of name entries from kids and parents who came to visit the Zoo.  All in all we collected several hundreds of applications and had quite a tough decision ahead of us.  Alas, there could only be one.  However, the wait would prove worthy once we finalized the winning choice and announced a winner!  The force was strong with young Tobias as he was the lucky winner of our prestigious prize, naming our gator “Darth Gator”.

Tobias, whose name is proudly accompanying Darth Gator’s name tag, visited the Zoo with his whole family who enjoyed The Reptile Zoo for a couple hours taking pictures of their favorite exhibits.  Like most of us, Tobias was a bit uneasy about the gator when Garrett first took him out, but warmed up to it after his dad showed him how it was done. ;D 

Darth Gator urges you to Join The Dark Side!  Mmuuaahhahahaha!

As expected, many Star Wars jokes flew back and forth in regards to the Gator and Tobias; can you blame us, it’s just too epic!  All together it was a fun visit for fans of The Reptile Zoo and winners out of over 400 submissions and online votes!  Congratulation to Tobias and his family, you will forever be a part of The Reptile Zoo history and known as the lucky boy who named our first male Alligator! 

Follow Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo on all our fan sites including Facebook, Twitter, The Reptile Zoo Blog and even Foursquare for more contests, news and updates!  Don’t forget to visit the Zoo and say Hello to Darth Gator and all his friends Frank, Twinkie, Thelma and Louise and Beelzebub.

Ciao!

^O^………..Priscilla

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WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

EXTRA EXTRA! Read all about it! … We have a WINNER for the Gator naming contest!  That’s right, after months of reviewing fantastic, funny and unique name options for our Gator we have finally chosen THE ONE TO RULE THEM ALL. (;P) 

Starting just a little over 4 months ago, we created a contest where all our Reptile Zoo visitors were able to submit their ideas to NAME THAT GATOR!  We received HUNDREDS of submissions and within those submissions, we had QUITE a bit of tough pickin’s.  After sorting thru all the quirky cool names we narrowed it down to just 5 top choices.  It was a tough decision but once they were chosen, we posted the options on our Facebook page and awaited the hundreds of votes on which name would be picked top Gator.

It didn’t take long for all of you to vote and make the ultimate choice.  Now it’s time to NAME THAT GATOR and the WINNER!!  Excited?!  I AM!!  First of all, here are the runners up:

In 2nd place we have “Mater” submitted by Matthew B.  We had a TIE for 3rd place with the names “Clyde” from Emilie H. and “Gunther” from Lori W.  Another option from our top 5 choices ends with “Barnabee Jr.” submitted by Alexandra L.  So what name won?  DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!  Barrrrrrrr-ump dump chsh!cshsh!cshsh!cshsh!  The winner iiisss…. “DARTH GATOR” submitted by Rosy D.!!!!!  Congratulations Rosy on winning your ONE YEAR Passport to The Reptile Zoo and Naming That Gator!  You will forever be a part of Darth Gator and Reptile Zoo history!  Come in and claim your prize TODAY!

As for the other runners up, we are offering you a One Day pass to The Reptile Zoo, so don’t forget to stop by and claim your prize as well.  Thank you for ALL of your awesome suggestions, it was a tough call!  NOW everyone can come and request by name, our 5ft Darth Gator! ;D   Don’t worry if your name wasn’t selected, we constantly have new animals added to the family, so follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our home sites for updates, deals, hot news and MORE contests to come!

^O^…………Priscilla

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It's Gator namin' time!

Hey everybody!

It's that time! That's right....it's time to NAME THAT GATOR!!!! Since the unveiling of our new Alligator exhibit in October, we've had a contest running to see who will get to name our 5-foot male American Alligator. We've gotten hundreds of submissions, and the competition has been TOUGH.

But! After a lot of consideration (and arguing among the very opinionated staff) we've narrowed it down to just 5. The winner of the contest will get a 1-year passport to The Reptile Zoo, a chance to come into the zoo and get a blog all about them, and their name on the Alligator's name tag, so everybody can see who won! So here are the choices:

1.Barnabee Jr.

2.Clyde

3.Mater

4.Darth Gator

5.Gunther the Gator

Alright everybody, it's up to you! There will be a poll on our facebook page for the next 2 weeks, and we want your vote!!! After that the winner will be announced and our Gator will finally have a name! So Happy New Year and happy voting! And may the best name win!

Later Gator Namers!

Mandysaurus Rex

 

 

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Name our gator!

Come to our zoo and be a part of naming our 5ft male alligator! You can win a 1 year passport to the reptile zoo, have your name on the name tag, and have a featured blog about your visit. The last time to enter will be New Years day and on the next day we will post the top five and vote on those names online and in store.

 

 

Our Gator wrangler Juliette really wants to name him Bowser, but it's up to you! Can you think of a better name?

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He Who MUST Be Named

 

Hello herp fans....many of you know that Prehistoric Pets recently acquired a 5-foot male American Alligator.  You probably also know that we just finished his enclosure and had a party to celebrate!  Well, after all that time and excitement, he still remains NAMELESS!

This poor little guy needs your help...how can such a beautiful creature go without a name???

We are holding a contest that began at our Spooky Masquerade this past October, where you as our guests (and web fans) can enter a name suggestion and possibly win an awesome prize, a 1-year pass to The Reptile Zoo! 

Here at Prehistoric, we will narrow the names down at the end of December, choose around 10 or 15 of the best ones, post them on our Facebook pages and let our fans VOTE!  So, once we get them up, if yours is chosen it is your job to get your family, friends, coworkers, poker partners, Avon ladies, cats, and anyone else to vote for yours!!!

So far, we have over 100 names in, and it grows every single day!  Some of the awesome ones that I have seen so far include Darth Gator, Black Beard, Gladiator, and Pickle.  So, remember, he is a BOY, and very very handsome.  Online, you can send in your name ideas to:

BLOG@prehistoricinc.com

Please include your name, plus your name for the gator, as well as your hometown and phone number.

Thanks, and buena suerte!

 

<3.......................Thalia

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Zoo News

 

October may be over, but the excitement is just beginning!

Our newely finished alligator exhibit is up and running, with our 5-foot gator as well as an Alligator Snapping Turtle enjoying the abundant water.  We are still working on getting an even larger gator (fingers crossed) to inhabit the super cool enclosure, but until then, take part in our contest to name the one we have!  Come in to the zoo anytime and find the "naming table" by the photobooth/animal handling area.  There are bright green slips of paper, enter your alligator name idea, YOUR name, address, and email for a chance to win a 1-year pass to the Zoo!  Drop them in the blue bucket and at the end of December we will sort through them all, put the best ones on our Facebook page and let our fans decide!!  (So check back for that portion of the contest and get your friends to vote!)

 

Make sure to not only check out the gator and snapping turtles...but also the Softshell Turtles, Red-eared Sliders, and the Pacu (a South American freshwater fish related to the Piranha).  They used to be in the pond up front, but in this exhibit you really see how HUGE they are!

 

The Caiman Lizard enclosure turned out so awesome!  If you haven't seen the finished product come check it out!  They are so happy swimming around with the turtles and fish.  This particular enclosure again provides a GREAT view of one of the sneakier fish in the front pond...the Red-tail Catfish! (come and see if you can find him!)

 

Our new wing next door is being worked on everyday...I hear talk of a new presentation area, new zoo exhibits, and even a new incubation room with a window for guests!  How cool does that sound?!?!?!  I can't wait to see what happens....

Our Water Monitor Breeding Group is honeymooning in the gator exhibit for right now, and it seems to be working its magic...we will most likely have a few clutches on the way VERY soon!!

ALSO, this is a big month for us because of Black Friday!!  Yayyyyyy!  There are going to be some SWEET deals happening, and I will keep you informed...possibly another party as well??  We'll see.....

 

As for the Zoo itself, we are still the same AWESOME place to come hang out, look around, bring the kids, and PARTY!  Plus, we are getting new additions to the zoo or retail area almost every week, so there is always something new to see! 

 

See you soon herpers!!

<3............................Thalia

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