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Bird Shows

Summer 
(5/24/2019 - 9/2/2019)

 9:00 | 11:00 | 1:00 3:00 | 5:15
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Spring (3/2 - 5/23, 2019)
Fall ( 9/3 - 11/30, 2019)

11:00 | 1:00 | 3:00 | 4:25
(Show times are subject to change)



This is a wonderful show for bird lovers (or snake avoiders). Each 20-25 minute program is hosted by our knowledgeable trainers and features birds from around the world. Birds in the wild can be hard to find, and difficult to see well, but Guests to our shows will get a top-notch view.

When the sun is shining on our summer bird show, flight demonstrations can take place. We highly recommend bringing a camera! Guests who would like to help our fundraising efforts will get a unique opportunity at the end of the summer show. One of the feathered stars will reach out gently and take donations right from the hand .

All proceeds from these donations go to four great wildlife charities: Idea WildGalapagos Conservancy, the Black Hills Raptor Center and the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust.

Bird Fun Facts

  1. To call a person a “vulture” is no compliment – but by cleaning up carcasses, vultures actually play a critical role in limiting the spread of disease!
  2. You’d have to be pretty hungry to try to hunt and eat a rattlesnake, but red-tailed hawks have a strategy: they spread their wings, which increases the chance that the rattler will strike harmlessly at their feathers. If the rattler does lunge, it exposes itself and the hawk has a chance to seize and disable the snake.
  3. A bird's feathers usually weigh more than its skeleton does - their bones are honeycombed and mostly hollow, but are structurally strong.
  4. Owls are known for producing pellets, which are compressed packets of fur and bone they are unable to digest. What you might not know is that other raptors also produce pellets! However, their pellets are a bit less interesting as most of the bones are digested away, leaving mostly fur and feathers.
  5. Laughing Kookaburras are the world’s largest kingfisher. However, it’s more common to see them eating mice, lizards, and snakes than fish. 
 

Animal Artists at Reptile Gardens

Some of our avian residents love to paint.  You may walk by a spontaneous painting session during your visit, and even get a chance to hold the canvas for the parrot! If a piece of art really moves you, you can purchase it and take it home. Proceeds go to support the artists (OK, we buy them treats) and to some amazing wildlife charities: Idea Wild, Galapagos Conservancy, and the Black Hills Raptor Center.

Image of a macaw painting with a sponge, helped by a staff person

Image of an abstract painting created by a parrot



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Sky Dome

Step inside the Sky Dome to experience a warm tropical climate while exploring our indoor jungle filled with exotic and unique flora and fauna. 

Rattlesnake Gulch Funtier Town

Try your hand at gemstone sluicing, go on a 3D safari, or test your aim at the shooting gallery! Our very own old west ghost town has numerous photo opportunities and activities to keep the kids entertained.

Cheyenne's Habitat

Cheyenne the bald eagle has been a permanent resident of Reptile Gardens for 11 years with permission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Maniac's habitat

Maniac is our resident giant saltwater crocodile. At over 16 feet long and1,350pounds, he is one of the largest giant crocodiles in the western hemisphere. If you don't see him at his enclosure inside the SkyDome, make sure to check outside!

Prairie Dog Town

Get down to eye-level with these fuzzy little animals and see firsthand what life is like in a typical prairie dog town!

Methuselah's Playground

Methuselah was a giant Galapagos Tortoise weighing in at over 600 pounds, and a long time resident of Reptile Gardens. His memory lives on at this playground featuring a bronze statue of Methuselah himself. 

Snake Show stage

Get up-close-and-personal with our snake ambassadors in this family-friendly snake handling show.

Gator Show stage

Dozens of Alligators, Crocodiles, and Caimans and one keeper...what could go wrong? Separate fact from fiction in this educational, family-friendly show and get a chance to pet Fluffy, our baby gator!

Bird Show stage

Interact with birds from around the world at the Bird Show, where they love to show off their beauty and intelligence. 

Gift Shop

Carrying a wide variety of Reptile Gardens souvenirs as well as educational books for every age and a variety of stunning rocks, minerals, and fossils from all over the world.

Green Parrot Cafe

Hungry? Refuel with buffalo burgers, The Maniac burger, Black Mamba Shakes, Indian Tacos, and more!

Giant Tortoise

Don't miss this photo opportunity! Get up-close and personal with these friendly giants who love to have their neck scratched and are great with kids. 

Tortuga Falls

Take a stroll through this meditative garden, gaze into our turtle and koi pond, listen to the waterfalls, and don't miss Darwin the Kookaburra! 

Walking Garden

We're about more than just Reptiles! Our outdoor gardens are beauty to be seen as they change throughout the season and year after year. 

Living Wall

This vertical garden is a wall of color that grows and changes through the Summer season creating striking patterns and unique portraits as it grows. 

Pet A Python

At the end of every snake show, you will get the opportunity to pet a python and chat with our knowledgeable show presenters. Don't forget your camera!