Come & Get It at The OC Fair with The Reptile Zoo

 

Spending your summer nights at the OC Fair? Make sure to stop by The Reptile Zoo hands-on display to meet Bob the 12ft Burmese Python! Then head back to Facebook to claim your complimentary photo download!
To find your complimentary photo download please visit the link below, here you will find an album for each day of the fair. To allow photo tagging and download just "LIKE" The Reptile Zoo fan page then share away!
www.facebook.com/thereptilezoo/photos_albums
If for some reason you are unable to locate your photos please email photobooth@prehistoricinc.com and we would be happy to assist you. Please allow 48 hours for upload.

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Is that an Irish accent I detect?

So, some of you have probably noticed a slight style change in some of our recent blog posts and we never explained why... Me. I’m the explanation for the change, who am I?

Good question, my name is Megan and I have taken over this blog for the past couple of weeks. I am currently living in California in the beautiful Huntington Beach area for the summer months, but before I tell you all about that amazing experience, I better tell you a little bit about myself. I am a 20 year old, public relations and media studies graduate from Ireland. I arrived in California way back in June and had read all about Prehistoric Pets and The Reptile Zoo online and I immediately knew that I would love to work there, so I got in touch with Jay and Laura who were nice enough to give me an interview, and even kinder to give me a job for the Summer. As I spoke to Laura and realised that she was looking for a publicist that wouldn’t mind working with some reptiles too, I felt I was perfect for the position plus I had 4 years experience working in Ireland's only Reptile Zoo. Three days after my interview I began working and haven’t looked back since!

It was kind of surreal to be in California and see all these places that I would normally only see on TV, and I knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime. Working in The Reptile Zoo took a lot of getting used to and a lot of adjusting for me. It was like a little piece of home though, the familiarity of working with reptiles and talking to visitors about them, if I’m honest it helped ease the feeling of being home sick, just a little bit. I did have one major problem when I started working in the Reptile Zoo though... the currency! I dropped a cricket one day and Sam said “that will cost you a quarter now” my reply was simple “You might have a chance of me paying if only I knew which coin that was." Thankfully after a few days I managed to get the hang of it. Another time when trying to go on my lunch break it got very confusing as I told Garrett that my break was meant to start at “half one”…the look of on his face was priceless as he finally realised that I meant 1.30pm.

Here are a few examples of the slang or word differences:

Bin = Trash                    Can Plaster = Band Aid                   Royal Pythons =Ball Pythons                    Lads = Guys

Then I got the chance to work at the OC Fair, I hadn’t even heard of the fair before and had no idea what to expect but when I arrived I was pleasantly surprised. The fair is huge, way bigger than I expected. Mandy had told me that you can literally get anything deep fried at the fair…..she really did mean anything. I was shocked to find you can get oreos, snickers, bananas and even CEREAL deep fried ! I love working at the fair because it is so busy, you get to meet so many different people, each with a different story.

I have met lots of wonderful and interesting people here, some strange people too (especially on the buses and when we went to Venice beach..but that’s a whole other story!). One of my favourite things about this Summer is getting to meet the people with the true southern California hospitality, people who were genuinely interested in finding out about Ireland and telling me lots of stories about their lives and experiences! In particular I met a lovely lady named Shirlee, a customer at The Reptile Zoo who is travelling to Ireland in October and we spent a long time giving each other lots of info and tips about our home towns!

All in all I have really enjoyed my time here in California, the people, the places, and mostly the weather. It took me a few weeks to settle in here and get used to the California lifestyle, but I really love it here, it is now like a home away from home and I hope to come back next year to experience everything else it has to offer! I am looking forward to going home and spending some time with my friends and family, but it has pretty much rained in Ireland the entire time I have been here so I’m not looking forward to that!

This is my last week working in The Reptile Zoo and I can honestly say that I am sad to be leaving, but feel like I have made some really good friends here and I have been given the opportunity to experience so much and for that I am truly grateful. I’ll be back in Ireland in two weeks, but who knows you might just see me again next year..fingers crossed!  And as we say in Irish “Go raibh mile maith agaibh” which basically means thank you all very much!

 

 

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Ewe Rock! at the Youth Expo 2012

 

This weekend thousands of families braved the storm and enjoyed the annual Youth Expo at the Orange County Fairgrounds. We love this event because first of all its FREE fun for the whole family... how many places can you still find that? We also love it's focus on education this year adding a college fair for hundreds of anxious highschoolers planning their next steps.

 

 

Of course guests went crazy for our interactive reptile booth where we displayed just a glimpes into all of the exotic animals on display at The Reptile Zoo. With Ball Pythons, Ratsnakes, and Bearded Dragons there were plenty of reasons why our booth was filled to the brim the whole weekend, but the crowd favorite had to be the huge African Spur Thigh Tortoises.

 

 

 

If the live animals weren't enough guests got a kick out of our big Dino friend. Taking a second to pose for photos while he showed his toothy grin.

 

 

 

Some of our visitors were so enchanted by the reptiles they could barely stand to leave, but we let them know that not only are they cool to look at reptiles actually make great low maintenance pets, which definitely perked them up.

 

 

Visitors even recieved a special offer for admission to the continually expanding zoo. They were excited and shocked to learn about our most recent additions like Darthvader the American Alligator, TWINKIE the World's Largest Snake, 5 California Native Rattlesnakes and don't forget Thelma & Louise the Two-Headed Snake.

 

 

Did you miss out? The Prehistoric Adventures team can bring the traveling Reptile Zoo to a town near you creating a one of a kind display for all types of events. These Prehistoric Pets can even come right to your house or school for a Jurassic Party presentation. Check out the details online at www.JurassicParties.com and www.PrehistoricAdventures.com

 

 

 

 

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Jurassic Fact of the Week!


When I ask kids what their favorite animal at our parties is...the most common answer is the Burmese Python. Maybe because they are HUGE...maybe because they are usually the last animal and its the one they think of first...whatever it is, kids love them. Our burms go through extensive "party bootcamp"...getting handled frequently and fed a bit more often to ensure a sense of calmness in them.



Burmese Pythons are naturally found in what used to be Burma (now Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. As one of the 6 largest snakes in the world, they grow to an average of 15 feet, but sometimes as long as 20 feet! They are semi-aquatic...being nocturnal rainforest dwellers, and are naturally more docile than most snakes their size.



We take them to every party, plus they are always available for pictures in the Zoo, and at the Fair! We took hundreds of pictures of excited guests with our burms at the OC fair this year. At the Zoo, guests can get the same opportunity ($5 with their camera, $8 with ours plus a printout). We have even had toddlers brave the large snake for a memorable photo!



These guys have different "morphs" as well, like any other snake. We have several albinos (bright yellow) and they are a BIG favorite because of how unique and beautiful they are. We also have a few granite burms, which are mainly gray with a rock-like pattern. Here are a couple examples:

ALBINO


GRANITE



Come see us at The Reptile Zoo, and get your picture with a 9-foot Python!! It is definitely a memorable experience. See you soon herpers!

<3...................Thalia
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Candid Camera and a NEW BOA!


Good Evening Party People!

Another busy Saturday completed with a lot of teamwork, energy, and fun! Lots of guests coming in and out....lots of animals out to "play"....and of course, employees hard at work. Here are some action shots, so our viewers can have a "day in the life":

Busy little Bees....


Priscilla, cleaning a cage for a feisty Red Iguana....


Mandy, nervously "taming" a very grumpy Red-tail Boa....


Buck, working on a new enclosure....


Linda, caring for an ill turtle (awwwww)....


Uncle Louie, heading out to the fair! (visit our booth!)


Nick.....umm.....taking a break



So through all the hustle and bustle of a thoroughly busy week, we also got a new addition to The Zoo!!

This is our brand-new, female, Argentine Boa. She is a MASSIVE beauty. They are critically endangered due to habitat loss and degradation, but ongoing efforts include captive reproduction and ultimate reintroduction to surviving environments. The female Argentine Boas are among the heaviest of all boas, reportedly reaching 60 lbs or more. She is definitely a big girl and if we ever get the chance, breeding is high on our list (which would be AWESOME because as a boa, she would give LIVE birth).

She needs a name! So if anyone has a good idea...email me at:

thalia@jurassicparties.com

We will choose the best one and have a name card made for her cage, with the winner's name as well!

Here she is!




She is just gorgeous. So send those names so she can be official!

ALSO...don't forget to stop by our Prehistoric Pets booth at the OC Fair! Get info, look at awesome critters, and hold a Burm! See you there!!

<3......................Thalia
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Celebrity Appearance

Today we had a celebrity grace us with his presence. If you don't know Charles Corona then get to know him because he's coming your way!

or at least he says so. But either way we definitely enjoyed his visit!

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Have you come to visit us yet?

Today was by far our busiest day yet! We were swamped with happy fair-goers eager to meet and greet all of our lovely animals! Have any of you come to see us yet? Leave us a comment and let us know if you did!

If you haven't come to visit us yet, did you know you are missing out on some awesome, OC Fair only coupons for our zoo and Jurassic Parties?! They are only here at the fair, so make SURE you come by and visit before August 15th! I'll see you there!!!

 

xo

Kayla

 

A happy family giving Sunshine the Burmese Python some OC Fair love!

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Spotlight on: Corey Orlandos-Bearded Dragon!

Thats right folks, today we are going to tell you a little bit about our outback dwelling friend, Corey Orlandos. No, I don't mean the Corey you think I do, I mean our very own OC Fair oddity, Corey the one eyed Bearded Dragon!

Corey has been here with us for about 4 years now. He is of Australian origin, his ancestors being wild Bearded Dragons, or Pogona Vitticeps.  Bearded Dragons are named such for their habit of puffing out their throat and creating the illusion of a beard when they are provoked. Corey is an omnivour, eating mainly crickets, meal worms, and various types of greens (although he has been known to take down a pinkie on a good day!) Corey likes to spend his free time basking in his cage, hanging out with female beardies, and bobbing his head profusely to assert his dominance. Now, contrary to popular belief brought on by the movie Holes, Bearded dragons do not have frills or spit venom. They are quite docile creatures and are almost harmless. Feel free to stop by our booth at the fair to meet Corey and see what a lover he truely is. Just make sure you look into his good eye!

xo

Kayla

 

Corey Orlandos and his good eye!

 

Corey's poor mangled eye

 

DO NOT LOOK HIM IN THE EYE!!!!!

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Lizards, Snakes, and DoDo Birds! Oh MY!

Another busy, busy day at the fair! If you havent come by to visit us yet then you are missing out! So much has happened here so far this year, I can't even name it all! Babies have been born, fears have been confronted, parties have been booked, you name it! We are having a ball, and it's all thanks to you, the lovely patrons of the OC Fair!

Today, we had a meeting with a crazy creature whom I believe to be the infamous DoDo Bird. It was an interesting experience, as this creature was thought to be extinct. The OC Fair proved science wrong once again though, and allowed us at Prehistoric Pets to meet one of our Prehistoric bretheren. Here is a photo of our newfound feathered friend:

 

And that, my friends, is what we call everyday life here at the Reptile Zoo!

Until next time (or until my next odd occurance)

Kiss Kayla

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