Reptilia (zoo)

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Live reptiles are used in hands-on teaching.
During a live reptile show, volunteers from the audience are requested to assist in the handling of a 5-meter-long (approx. 16-foot) female Burmese python.

Reptilia is Canada's largest indoor reptile zoo, with 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of indoor exhibits featuring over 250 reptiles, amphibians and arachnids.[1] It is located in Vaughan, Ontario.

Attractions[edit]

Reptilia is the home of Canada's largest crocodiles, Induna, who is 14 feet (4.3 m) long, and weighs over 1,000 pounds (450 kg). The zoo also contains a 14-foot-long (4.3 m) king cobra, 20-foot-long (6.1 m) pythons, poison dart frogs, rattlesnakes, and more.[1]

Participants learn how alligators and crocodiles hide themselves in the water. Here we see the small above-water portion of the reptile well camouflaged, though also reflected in the water.

Educational curriculum[edit]

Reptilia provides curriculum compliant educational programs from kindergarten to grade 12 along with specialized post secondary programs for first responders, educators, animal control officers and veterinarians. Educational programs are provided at Reptilia, as well as through the transportation of reptiles to various schools to provide curriculum compliant lessons in school classrooms. Lessons are typically of 1 hour duration.

Reptilia interacts closely with other educational organizations, supplying reptiles and other supplies to the Ontario Science Centre, helping the Toronto Zoo with their educational programs, and working with many of the schools in the Greater Toronto Area. Reptilia also has a number of classrooms and party rooms that can be rented out for activities such as birthday parties. Each room is named after a different reptile.

Film industry[edit]

Reptilia specializes in movie production and provides reptiles along with skilled handlers for film productions, photo shoots, and television. Reptilia has provided reptiles for Guinness, Murdoch Mysteries, Canada's Greatest Know-It-All, YTV, Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet, and many more shows and productions over the years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Communities in Bloom", City of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, 2010, PDF webpage: Vau-PDF.[dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°50′00″N 79°31′15″W / 43.8333°N 79.5207°W / 43.8333; -79.5207