Traveling Zoo and Charity Too!

Hello dearest readers!

We had a heck of a weekend and I can’t wait to tell you about it! We decided the usual hordes of visitors coming to check out our awesome exhibits weren’t enough, and that we would bring the zoo to them! On Saturday, April 2nd, we brought our traveling zoo to the Summer Camp and Activities Fair presented by The OC Register and OC Family magazine.

Jurassic Parties’ awesome presentations are a yearly feature at many of Orange County’s summer camps, and we wanted to spread the love and let even more people know how awesome reptiles are. Laura helped kids get up close and personal with some ball pythons, and I helped Squash show the public just how gentle our giants can be!

We didn’t stop there though! On Sunday Laura and Savannah got up bright and early and headed north to take part in the Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids! Buttercup, our albino Burmese python got a lot of love from the kids that were there, and Spike the bearded dragon wore his participation sticker with pride! Our booth drew tons of visitors and we couldn’t have been happier to see them. The biggest and most important part of the Reptile Zoo is to educate the public on our favorite animals, and we couldn’t be happier that we can reach so many people.

We hope that the next time we travel with the zoo you all can come see us!

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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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The Youth Expo Experience 2013

On April 12th-14th the annual Youth Expo was held at the Orange County Fairgrounds. The Youth Expo is a gathering of educational displays and non-profit organizations centered on a younger crowd. We have gotten to be a part of this wonderful event for about 10 years now and always enjoy participating. 

Our set up has a tortoise pin, cages with various reptiles, and our infamous T-Rex on display. Throughout the day two of our employees have out two different animals for the crowd to interact with, typically being a bearded dragon and a ball python. 

We tried out a new in-car TV technique this year in which we had a TV in the trunk of one of our party cars. It continually played episodes from The Reptile Zoo series and people could come and watch whenever they pleased. Not to mention it looked pretty cool. 

Our unique animals offer a unique experience for all ages. Who wouldn’t love getting up close and personal with these awesome animals?

 

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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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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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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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The Reptile Zoo and Prehistoric Pets get ready for the fair!

It's that time of year again when workers are busy preparing displays, new ideas are being brainstormed, and the animals are preparing for their busy "show time" ... no it's not Christmas already it's better.... The Orange County Fair!

Every year Prehistoric Pets/The Reptile Zoo have a display at the Orange County Fair and this year is set to be the biggest and most exciting yet!

Weeks, even months go into the planning of such a huge event and we are so excited to be taking part in such an important event for our community. Each year we take as many as 25 of our animals to the fair for visitors to see and we even have an interactive hands on area with some of our team helping you to take a walk on the wild side and handle some of our friendlier species!

 

This year will be our biggest year to date as for the very first time we will have a variety of fossils and minerals for sale at very affordable prices, some of these include; Rosasite from Mexico, Flourite from China, Beryl from Connecticut and Vanadinite from Arizona (to name but a few)!

 

 

We will also be keeping everyone up to date on the daily adventures of the fair with blogs, Facebook and Twitter updates and the story in pictures on Instagram. We are feeling very generous with the buzz for the fair in the air so keep your eye on all of our online profiles as you could be the winner of some great prizes!

 

We will be allowing visitiors to the fair the opportunity to hold one of our big Burmese Pythons and we will be posting their brave snaps on our Facebook page too!

 

But why let us have all the fun? Be sure to "check in" with us on Facebook while you're visiting us at the Fair and Tweet us about your experience! We would also love it if you made an "OC Fair" board on Pinterest so you can "pin" and share your fantastic day out!

For more information check out www.ocfair.com and join our online fun and games on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and of course this blog!

 

 

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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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