Los Angeles Zoo

Betty White and Slash for the “Lair” at Los Angeles Zoo

 

 

Lizards Reptiles and zoos…oh my!

Well here at the West Coast office of Pet Starship we found out amazing news Last week. The International LA Zoo opened a fourteen Million dollar Reptile/Lizard exhibit. It opened a few days ago to much excitement and publicity. It is officially called the LAIR…read below to find out what that means and why. Thanks to our friends at the LA Times and especially Louis Sahugun

The Los Angeles Zoo opened up an amazing new home for Reptiles and Amphibians last week on March 8th. Its a14 Million Dollar Condominium complex that houses Mexican Bearded Lizards, Palm Vipers, Radiated Tortoises and many other creatures that slither and croak.

Its called the LAIR an acronym for Living Amphibians Invertebrates and Reptiles. It took five years to make and one of the only reptile houses in theUSbuilt the past ten years. John Lewis the zoo director said it has temperature and humidity control and will house 49 exhibits and 60 species. The zoo exhibit shows so much promise that they expect 1.6 Million Visitors over the next 30 yrs. You will see TV commercials starring Slash and  90n yr old actress Betty White looking over a Mexican Giant horned Lizard.

There will also be many billboards with Iguanas looking at you while you drive. The add campaign is over $500,000 and is targeted to families and children. Many of the rattlesnakes and vipers come from all over the world includingArmenia,China, Africa andCentral America. The great thing is many of the species were becoming extinct and now they wont. You can even see one of the largest Amphibians, the Chinese giant salamander.

Then there are the four Gray’s monitors, a large lizard species native to thePhilippinesand once thought to be extinct. The zoo acquired the monitors after authorities busted a smuggling ring. “We have no idea where these individuals originated, but they are going to be pretty happy here,” Recchio said, as the lizards flicked their fork-like tongues and explored the trees and boulders of one of the facility’s largest displays.