Our Reptiles Know No Bounds

Hey Herpers

Today is a special day as we gear up an awesome shipment of boas, retics and ball pythons to our distributer (Arno Naude) in South Africa. Just look at how many snakes are about to cross boarders, and for some the chance to go back to their mother land haha. This shipment is HUGE!

The process is crazy complicated and requires many permits and legal fees that can cost up to $2000 per customer if they don't go through one of our distributers. However, we make it easy for reptiles to cross global borders by having a "middle-man" in almost every continent! So far, we have one in the UK, Africa and another in Asia.

Here's a pic of Garrett busy at work organizing all the paperwork and information that it takes to make these deals happen :)

You may remember Arno Naude as the guy that Jay visited during his first trip to South Africa. If you've forgotten, here's a link to our video of one of their cool adventures!

And if any of you are reading from one of the mentioned continents and are interested in having your own reptile, you can contact one of our distributers who can help you out! It's a great way to avoid those crazy fees and get the reptile that you've always wanted to own :).

Have a great day! :D


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Calling all Volunteers!

Looking for something to fill your empty summer schedule?

Prehistoric Inc. is looking for volunteers to support our staff at the Orange County Fair July 15- August 14.


During this event Prehistoric Inc. provides an educational and interactive reptile booth for fair guests. Volunteer responsibilities would include engaging customers while promoting our company, interactive photos and reptile ownership. The second responsibility in this position is running the photo area where volunteers will be required to process transactions, photograph guests, and pose an 8-12 ft Burmese python. 



Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age (parental consent is needed under 18 years of age) and reliable transportation. This position requires someone with great communication skills, the willingness to engage customers to promote sales, and a basic knowledge of reptiles.

Volunteers will get to spend time interacting directly with animals and guests along with a pass to enjoy the Orange County Fair.


Love Reptiles? Love the Orange County Fair? Love People?

Apply to be a volunteer by sending an email with contact information, resume, and availability to laura@jurassicparties.com


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Hey....it's what we do.


It's like an amusement park in this place...there are so many kids, so much noise, and so much F-U-N!

All the kids are getting opportunities to see, learn about, and even touch and hold many different kinds of crazy reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Three spectacular in-store parties today, for three awesome kids and their guests, lots of fun photo opp's at our hands-on reptile exhibit area, lots of feeding the turtles and fish, and of course....CAKE! There are so many exciting things that the kids don't want to leave!

We loved helping each and every future herper today learn about these cool creatures, and giving them possibly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hold these exotic animals. We try to give everyone the best experience available. Personally, I like to think of being in their shoes..."how cool is this???" (Thats what I would be thinking) :-P

Like every Saturday, we have had a steady stream of guests...but today seemed even busier! Probably excited to be out for summer! Woohoooooo! And this is a GREAT place to have a summer party (especially now that we have AC in the party rooms!!)

Today was crazy fun overall, and a BIG thank you to all who came out to enjoy The Reptile Zoo! We hope to have made your weekend super awesome amazingly epically memorable!!

(Shannon gives it two thumbs up!!)

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Rattlesnake Exhibits finally OPEN!! (but wait, there's more...)

Yes! The wait is finally over! After almost a year, the covers come off of our local-species Rattlesnake Exhibits this Tuesday the 28th! And you, our ever-loyal customers, friends, and fans are the first to know! So come get ahead of the crowd to see these beautiful creatures of danger! (muahahaha)


You guys have waited SO long...so its only fair to make this day super extra amazingly epically fantastic...



So, Joel Almquist, from Forever Wild is coming in as well!!! He will be here at 5pm and is bringing with him some awesome things, such as a syrinx, a parrot, a snapping turtle, and even an alligator! Joel will be working with us as part of our summer Hands-On Reptile Adventure Camp next week, bringing lots of exotic and interesting animals that you rarely even see at zoos! Speaking of which, there is still time for last-minute sign-ups! It takes place at Bonita Creek Park, in Newport Beach, but is open to all of Orange County! June 27th through July 1st, 10am to 3pm, ages 7-11, $350 (which includes a t-shirt, workbook, fossil souvenirs, and a 6-month pass to The Reptile Zoo!) so hurry before its too late! Its going to be AMAZING!

Alright, back to Rattlesnake Day....The admission will be the same as always ($5 for everyone over 3 yrs). We open at 11am and we stay open until 10pm just for this super awesome spectacular day! And remember, the rattlesnakes will be viewable ALL day, but if you want to see Joel and his animals as well, he won't arrive until 5pm. He should be here until we close at 10 though, so come enjoy all the amazing animals!

See you there!!

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Hands-on Reptile Adventure Camp


June 27-July 1 | Monday-Friday | 10:00am-3:00pm | ages 7-9
Location: Bonita Creek Park, Newport Beach, CA | $350

Dig fossils, handle live snakes, and play games; every day is a new adventure when you make it a Prehistoric Adventure. Campers will enjoy educational activities covering the ecosystem, habitat, food chain, senses, and camouflage taught by certified teachers. Campers will receive a camp shirt and workbook filled with everything they learned on their Prehistoric Adventure; plus a six-month passport to The Reptile Zoo to continue their hands-on reptile education.Are you on the top of the food chain? Then don’t forget to pack your lunch.

Registration begins online March 24
Save 10% with the Early Bird Discount for registration before May 5
Visit the City of Newport Beach for more details or click the link above.

**If your child is above the age of 9, but would like to participate in a Prehistoric Adventures Summer Camp
Please email greg@jurassicparties.com for more information.**

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Jurassic Fact of the Week!

JFW time! 

So besides being an AWESOME place to have your birthday party...Prehistoric Pets is also an awesome place to LEARN!  We do many educational events both here at the zoo, and off-site.  There are many to choose from...so if you are interested, check out the Jurassic Parties tab on this page.

If you are a teacher, we recommend our Classroom package which includes a one-hour, hands-on presentation with 12-15 animals.  We come to your classroom of 30 or less and spread the reptile knowledge!  (and if you are a student...tell your teacher!)   :-D   Also, we can give presentations here at the zoo, for a Field Trip of around 30 guests.

If it is a large group of students...we can do assemblies. They include the same presentation, a few more animals, and a special 20-minute hands-on period at the end.  We EVEN do special events, such as science fairs, where we can set up a booth for everyone to come see, feel, and learn!

So if its knowledge you seek, please don't delay......call The Reptile Zoo and we will save the day!!!


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What you missed!

Hey Guys!

If you missed us this weekend at the youth expo at the Orange County Fairgrounds or at The Reptile Zoo... shame on you!

We had egg laying, hatching, breeding, screaming kids, birthday parties, lizards and monitors running around, and the best fun ever!  I hope we get to see you soon! 

Come on down to The Reptile Zoo and let's all hang out!

It's will be super fun, I promise!

much love


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Youth Expo!!!!

Come Check us out at the Youth Expo!

We will be there with all of your favorite friends from The Reptile Zoo!

Make sure you get a picture with a gigantic python wrapped around your shoulders too!

Can't wait to see you!


much love!




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Jay Brewer "Behind the Scales"

Jay Brewer truly is a self made man. Adopted at birth and orphaned by the age of 14, he was not given many opportunities for a bright future. Jay knew that he had only one option – TO SURVIVE. With a meager $500 inheritance and the guidance of his good friend and mentor “Uncle Louie,” he designed and built a small commercial fishing boat and started his first business. Using his skill, stregnth, and common sense, Jay ran a successful commercial fishing business for almost 10 years. All of this hard work at such a young age earned Jay the privilege of being featured in National Geographic Magazine. Newly married to his wife Becky in 1987, Jay decided to leave the fishing business for something that would give him more time at home. Jay’s long time passion was keeping and breeding the Indian Python (python molurus molurus) a rare and endangered snake. Once he had successfully bred them his home, Jay decided start up another business. This time it wasn’t just a survival instinct, it was doing something he loved. With an entrepreneurial spirit, a $6000 deposit, and $5000 in their savings, the 23-year-old Brewer and his wife bought Pet Country, a small pet store in Fountain Valley, Ca. Pet Country stocked a variety of animals and supplies, but what made them special was that they were one of the first pet stores to carry a large selection of Reptiles. Jay & Becky started circulating a nationwide reptile inventory price list and as their reputation grew, it didn’t take very long for them to adopt the slogan, “The Reptile Leaders.” From the beginning Jay became well known for his breeding ventures, reproducing many endangered species as well as producing numerous new morphs of these and other species: Indian pythons, albino Burmese pythons, rare boas, and frilled dragons. Jay also gained world wide notoriety for breeding the very first patternless leopard geckos, the first patternless African Rock pythons (centerfold of Jan 2000 Reptiles magazine), the first Blizzard Lizards (cover story March 2000 Reptiles magazine), one of the first Albino Reticulated pythons and any many more. With the success of the exotic breeding programs and a thriving wholesale/retail business, expansion was inevitable. This time Jay had a vision; To build a store that specializes only in reptiles and amphibians. His vision became a reality in April 1990, when he designed and built the first “Prehistoric Pets” in the city of Chino. With the confidence of having three successful businesses in a row, plans were under way to build the flagship store “Prehistoric Pets, the Fountain Valley Superstore”. Unlike Pet Country, the new Fountain Valley store would focus only on reptiles, amphibians and all their needs. Jay decided to completely close Pet Country to make way for the new 5000 square foot Prehistoric Pets Superstore. Jay and Becky wanted the new store to be more than just “Another Pet Store”, so they went all out creating a zoo-like experience for everyone that visits. The most popular attraction is a 2000-gallon circular pond with an island in the middle that is filled with giant tropical fish and turtles for the customers to feed. And just to add to the scenery, there’s a giant monitor lizard living on the island. On each side of the pond there are large tortoise pens housing a 450lb. Galapagos tortoise and several large African Spurthigh tortoises. All in all there are over 400 displays throughout the store exhibiting more than a thousand animals. The Prehistoric Pets adventure has been compared to those of the world’s best zoos. Jay also developed an idea that has opened the doors of herpetology to thousands of children in Southern California. Jurassic Parties was created to bring the Prehistoric Pets experience to your home or school. This one hour interactive presentation is very popular for birthdays, school functions and even an occasional office party. (JurassicParties.com) Prehistoric Pets has had the privilege of being hired as a featured exhibitor at numerous fairs and expositions. Attending the California State fair for 3 years, the Pennsylvania state fair for 2 years and the Oklahoma state fair for 2 years just to name a few. By 1998, with the incredible success of the Fountain Valley store, Jurassic Parties, and the numerous breeding projects it became necessary to sell Prehistoric Pets - Chino in October of that year. Jay sold the store to a to a long-time employee. Like most businesses entering the 21st century, Prehistoric Pets opened PrehistoricPets.com in June 1996 making it one the first reptile related e-commerce sites on the Internet. To this day PrehistoricPets.com is one of the few robust; easy-to-use and professional reptile related websites around. PrehistoricPets.com averages close to a million hits and almost one hundred thousand page views per month. Through aggressive advertising using an accomplished Internet team, these numbers are growing larger every month. We are currently at 600% growth over last year, and as of May 8, 2001 our on-line sales total over $65,000 for PrehistoricPets.com & blizzardlizard.com combined. In 1997, Jay had an idea for a revolutionary new cage design. With a U.S. patent on the design, production is scheduled to start early 2001. An aggressive marketing plan is also under way and if all works as planned, Jay’s new cage should be seen on store shelves across the nation before Christmas. In November of 2000, Jay was given the opportunity to make Prehistoric Pets one of the largest retail reptile stores in the country. A 4000sq ft Realty office next door to Prehistoric Pets became vacant. Without a second thought, Jay leased the offices, began tearing down the walls between the two storefronts and by the end of December he was able to unveil the new and larger, better than-ever Prehistoric Pets. The now 9000+ sq ft Prehistoric Pets has made it possible not only to add multiple new animal displays it has also been possible to move the breeding facility on-site. Now the public can witness the Albino Reticulated python project, the Blizzard Lizard Project, the Patternless African Rock python project and more! This gave us space to do in-store parties in one of our three private party rooms. We are now starting to focus on the educational side of our business with Jurassic Parties. We have two options for you to choose from. We travel to your home or your event with 12-15 exiting animals like a15 foot long snake, lizards, giant frogs, turtles and tortoises, tarantulas, scorpions, chameleons and 4 foot long monitor lizard! The other option would be to have your party here in our new super store. Both in home and store parties offer an exciting time for you and your guests as they get a chance to hold the reptiles and get up close for pictures. It’s an informative, interactive adventure that you won’t forget! With over 400 % growth in Jurassic Parties in the past 12 months, we intend to continue expanding this part of our business by purchasing 5 new Ford Focuses and outfitting them with large billboard ads for our parties. We have also been aggressively advertising in local magazines, which has been getting extremely positive results. Last but not least, in keeping up with the times, we have JurassicParties.com. In today’s modern society it is difficult for a new business to last more than 5 years. Prehistoric Pets is now in their 13th year as a successful privately owned small business. They have not only made it, but the business has thrived and grown! Jay Brewer started his adult life at age 14 with $500.00 to his name. Relying on hard work, determination, and his unique ability to turn a vision into reality, Jay built the foundation for his own road to success. With his wife Becky working by his side and support from his family and close friends, the future for this self made man promises to be a prosperous and exciting one. Our amazing completed facility!
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Jay's Lucky Shirt!

Jay Brewer is our fearless leader here and he wears very many different hats from Prehistoric Pets, The Reptile Zoo, Jurassic Parties, the fair, the shop, breeding projects, dad, mentor, teacher, land lord etc… all of everything he takes care of and we are glad he does!  He gets so busy sometimes that he even leaves his shirt at work!!!!!  Most recently he left his lucky shirt!  The one he always wears when the one of a kind snakes are hatched and the one he wears when the biggest clutches are laid.   So, we, all of Jay’s most trusted and loving employees decided we would all try on Jay’s lucky shirt and see how it works for us!  Hoping that some of Jay’s Amazing luck and good fortune would rub off on us!


So here we go…. Our entire staff almost, representing Jay Brewer to the best of our ability!  Thanks Jay for all you do!  I can’t even imagine how much you deal with in the course of a day but we are glad we benefit from all your hard work and dedication!  And one day maybe when we all grow up we can be just like you! It was really hard to get all these pictures because we had to hide the photo sessions from Jay, because he is almost always here!!!!!  If you look through all the pics and scroll down to the bottom you can see the pic of Jay I snapped the other day while he was editing video for the new webisodes and for the new media room he just put together!


We love you Jay!  Here is our dedication to you!


Much love and thanks from all of us to you!


Sure hope that luck rubs off on all of us!!!!!







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