MARCH MADNESSSSSSS

March Madnesssssss is finally here!

The National Reptile Zoo turns ELEVEN years old on St.Patrick’s Day and we’re celebrating all month long. Having a birthday month  is a thing now, right?!

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Here’s everything you need to know:

March 6 -10th: FREE TEA / COFFEE for EVERY visitor!

March 17| 18 | 19: SNAKE HISSSSSSTERIA  (event)

  • See Pearl, Ireland’s largest snake
  • Arts & Crafts – Snake Enrichment Workshop – Learn how all about snake habitats and make your own snake hide!
  • Snake handling, hooking and feeding demos!
  • Snake morphometric demos – get a behind the scenes look at how we weigh & measure our snakes during encounter sessions across the weekend!
  • ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE RUNNING ALL DAY THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND AT NO EXTRA CHARGE

March 20|21|22|23|24: 2 FOR 1 ADMISSION

March 26th: Mother’s Go Free! Treat your mom this mother’s day with a trip to The National Reptile Zoo and she will get in for free! (When  accompanied with a full paying adult/child)

 

 

We are also planning some competitions in the Zoo and across our social media platforms, so stay tuned!

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February Zoo News!

February Zoo News!

Hey Guys!

Once again we’ve had a very busy month here at The National Reptile Zoo so we’re here to tell you what we’ve been up to!

February’s spotlight was on Reptile Relationships and our keepers /educators spent the month telling our visitors all about the mating habits of our reptile residents!

Alligator Fact

Did you know?

Scorpions are known to take part in a ‘mating dance’!

Scorpion Mating Dance TV Display

Things got very romantic here at The National Reptile Zoo on the international day of love, Valentine’s Day!

We were celebrating the FIFTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY of our Yellow Foot Tortoise, Michael (45) and Michelle (50) and we invited four lucky couples along for a romantic date night they would never forget!

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Pictured above: Eric & Gillian Corcoran with Yellow Foot Tortoise (Michael & Michelle). Photo by Pat Moore.

Guests were treated to Prosecco on arrival, followed by a romantic candle-lit picnic with scrumptious food provided by Glasraí & Goodies. They were then given a guided tour of our Zoo by Jonny, our Animal Collections Manager. This exclusive after hours tour really was a VIP experience! Our couples were then guided inside our Tropical Walk-Through Dome, the pathway inside lit only by the gentle flicker of candles, setting the scene for the ultimate romantic moment as the couples met Michael & Michelle and got to feed them with red rose petals!

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Above: Candles lining the pathway inside our Tropical Walk Through Dome!

The biggest snake in Ireland is now housed in The National Reptile Zoo! 

February saw Pearl, the biggest snake in Ireland, at 17ft long and 100kg in weight, being moved into her new home here in Gowran. As with every new reptilian resident, Pearl first had to spend a few months in quarantine but is now available for the public to see, in her new exhibit.

Pearl with Christina in Exhibit

Pearl, pictured above with our Keeper Christina, is a seven year old Burmese Python.

Winners:

Huge congratulations to Sarah (aged 9) from Co.Tipperary and Molly (aged 3)  from Co.Wexford! Sarah and Molly were chosen as the February winners in our monthly colouring competition!

Your artwork is great girls, keep up the excellent work!

colouring comp winners

Our monthly Facebook ‘check-in’ winner is Dan Malone, from Dublin. Congratulations Dan, we look forward to seeing you and your family again soon!

February Birthdays @ The National Reptile Zoo

Whether you had a Radical Reptile Party here in NRZ or our Zoo To You team visited your home, we were thrilled to be part of your celebrations!

We’d like to wish a massive happy birthday to everyone that celebrated their birthday with us in Febraury: Valentine, Richie and Joe!

If you want to have your party here in The National Reptile Zoo, with food provided by Burger King, please click here for more information.

If you wish to find our more about our ‘Zoo To You’ team for your Communion, Confirmation, Party or Event, click here! 

Nick at a birthday partye

Pictured above: Nick, an educator from NRZ at Fionn’s birthday party in his home last year!

You may have seen videos across our social media channels of Zoo Director, James, flying his Microlight plane to work. James spent last year training to get his pilots license and was featured in the Microlight Flying eNews in February too!

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You can watch the video of his flight here, can you spot the NRZ logo on the plane?

March is officially our birthday month and to celebrate turning 11 years old, we will be running special offers and events all month!

We’ll be announcing our March celebrations in the coming days!

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The National Reptile Zoo Team

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January’s Zoo News!

January’s Zoo News

This month has been nice and busy here at The National Reptile Zoo, as we make lots of preparations for our busy season ahead!

We’ve teamed up with some very cool business here in Ireland to bring you guys some great offers and although we can’t tell you about all of them just yet, we can definitely tell you about this one…..

We’ve teamed up with Glanbia and My Milkman to give their loyal customers a 2 for 1 deal on admission to The National Reptile Zoo! All you’ve got to do is sign up to their customer loyalty scheme and unlock the codes, easy!

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(Image: mymilkman.ie)

The January spotlight was on diet and our reptile residents eating habits! Our Keepers/Educators spent the entire month telling our visitors fun facts about what our animals eat, when they eat and demonstrating some feeding displays!

Did you know that a Chameleon uses it’s extra long tongue to catch its prey?

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tongue anatomy chameleon

(Image: Basica anatomy of a chameleon tongues- Chameleonnews.com)

Here at The National Reptile Zoo, we have a wide range of animals, each with specific dietary requirements!

Our Tropical Walk-Through Dome residents get a leafy green and fruity meal, freshly prepared every morning by our Keepers!

 

tortoise iggy dome breakfast

Did you know?

A herbivore is an animal that only feeds on plant matter!

An insectivore only feeds on insects, worms and other invertibrates!

An omnivore eats a variety of food including meat and plant matter!

A carnivore feeds on other animals/meat!

Scorpion with cricket

Did you know? 

Scorpions use their stinger to ‘inject’ venom into their prey before they eat them, like our scorpion pictured above with a cricket!

Sticking with our spotlight on feeding habits, check out this awesome cake, made by Laura (aged 6) and her mam, for her Radical Reptile Party here in The National Reptile Zoo! 

Birthday Cake RRP January 2017 Laura

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all the boys and girls that shared their birthday us this January a very happy birthday from all the team here!

This month we were part of the birthday celebrations of Laura,  Dylan , Kasey & Keegan, Lory and Orla!

Salt Water Crocs

You guys might remember that three years ago, we were the first people to ever import crocs all the way from New Zealand? Well, now they are preparing for their journey to their new home in a zoo in Denmark. Before they head off, we have to take measurements of their weight, height and growth rate for our records and we’ve decided to let you guys go behind the scenes with us this Sunday, January 29th from 1.30pm!

You can find out all the info you need right here.

Crocodile Research Coalition 

The CRC announced their internship information, so if you want to get involved in crocodile conservation, check out this poster or click here.

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Finally, we launched a Twitter account for The National Reptile Zoo this past week! You’ll find us by searching ‘National Reptile Zoo’ or just by entering our username @natreptilezoo 

But don’t worry you can still keep up with the adventures of our Zoo Director on his own Twitter account too, @jamesreptilezoo

Coming soon…….

Next month is jam packed with fun activities and lots of offers, competitions and more, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media accounts for deals, prizes and event information!

We will be announcing our January colouring competition winner and our January Facebook ‘check-in’ winner on Tuesday, January 31st.

Catch up with our blog next week, where we reveal our team’s MBTI personality types and allow you guys to get to know us a little better!

Until next time,

The National Reptile Zoo Team

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Valentines Date Night Competition!

 

 

Valentines Date Night Competition Details!

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Our Yellow Foot Tortoise,  Michael and Michelle are set to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary this Valentine’s Day!

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We’re celebrating their anniversary on Valentine’s day this year by giving 3 lucky couples a date night with a difference!

On Tuesday, February 14th, there will be a Prosecco reception from 7.30pm, followed by a romantic candlelit (indoor) picnic. The delicious fresh food will be supplied from Siobhan at Glasrai & Goodies.

After your picnic, your personal tour guide will give the winning couples a guided, after hours tour of the zoo, followed by an exclusive tortoise feeding experience in our Tropical Walk-Through Dome and to top it all off, you will get to meet our adorable baby red foot tortoise during your VIP animal encounter session!

How To Enter

Head over to our Facebook page, twitter page or Instagram and tell us the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone or the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you!

The winners will be announced on Tuesday February 7 th 2017 at 1pm

Best of luck!

The National Reptile Zoo Team

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See you later, Alligator…In a while, crocodile!

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See you later, Alligator….. In a while, Crocodile!

 

This Sunday, January 29th, we are bringing you an exclusive opportunity to peak ‘behind the scenes’ at The National Reptile Zoo as we prepare 3 of our Salt Water Crocodiles (Crocodylus Porosus) for their next big journey!

 

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We made headlines back in 2014 when the 6 juvenile crocs made the huge trip from Auckland to Sydney, to Abu Dhabi to London and finally landed in Dublin. (Click here to see our Salties being introduced to their new home).

Irish Examiner front page 2014

Irish Times front page 2014

 

The 6 juvenile crocs were the first ever crocs to be exported from New Zealand after Butterfly Creek Zoo, Auckland, no longer had the space to house them. Salt Water Crocs can reach lengths of over 6m and weigh up to 1000kg.

Since making their incredibly long journey half way round the world, two  of the salties were donated to zoos in the UK, two went on temporary loan to Dingle Aquarium and were recently returned to us here in The National Reptile Zoo in Gowran, Co.Kilkenny.

swimmiung with saltees

 

So what’s next for these well traveled crocs? 

 

This spring will see 3 of our 4 Salties travel once again, this time they will be making their way to their new home in a crocodile zoo in Denmark.

We will be sad to see them go, but we’re confident that we have a chosen a brilliant new home for them!

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As they will be leaving us in the coming weeks, we decided to let you guys have an exclusive look at what goes on behind the scenes in The National Reptile Zoo by carrying out their January morphometric recording at our animal encounter arena! That’s right, for one day only you will get to see these incredible crocodiles up close and out of the water as our keepers talk you through the morphometric (weight and length / growth rate) recording process, in preparation for their big move!

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There will be 4 chances throughout the day to take part in this exclusive experience  (1.30pm, 2.30pm , 3.30pm and the final chance at 4.30pm).

 

See you later, Alligator….. In a while, Crocodile!

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