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Discussion in 'United States' started by vogelcommando, 19 Jan 2021.

  1. vogelcommando

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    Ty Park, the owner of this zoo is a well-known figure among reptile keepers. He's a great guy and very helpful to anyone seeking his knowledge. I hope Iguanaland does well and hope to visit when I'm able.
     
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    The claim that he's "awaiting certification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums" is interesting, given a place has to be open for a full year before they can even apply.

    My concern with this place is how many species will there be, vs color morphs and whatnot from the captive industry? Otherwise, he seems very dedicated.
     
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    Per their facebook, they've started doing guided tours. 4-12 people, $25 each.

    Edit: Oooooh Perentie
     
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    thanks for finding this place, I will definitely be checking it out sometime.
     
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    I'm personally excited to see this place open. From Ty Park's instagram, this place is showing some real dedication to their reptiles and have some of the best herp set-ups I've seen built for a public zoo. I'm also excited that someone with such care, knowledge, and dedication is aiming to build the world's largest reptile zoo. His collection looks superb as well, with a large assortment of Cuora turtles, Perentie, a massive Komodo Dragon, and Ricord's Iguana! The latter he's posted photos of new hatchlings recently and has already constructed a superb enclosure for.

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    Can you link his instagram? I can't find it, but I would really like to follow it for more pictures. I will try to make it to them sometime in the not too distant future.
     
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    @typherp

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    Thanks!
     
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    Any idea if he has Cuban or Cayman Iguanas?

    *EDIT* never mind, I found the pictures on Instagram. He has both Cuban and Cayman Blue Iguanas.
     
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    Does he? I've seen him post about his Anegada and Ricord's but not the others.

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    On second look it seems the Cayman Blue are hybrids, but he implies in some posts he might have non-hybrids, so I don't know:
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    He mentions having Cubans Iguanas and "sister island hybrids" in this post:
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    The post doesn't say "sister island hybrids", he says in the comments he has actual Cyclura nubila caymanensis :eek:

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    Wow, you are right! Boy did I read that wrong!
    "Yes, we have plenty of rhino iguanas, lewisi hybrids, Cuban iguanas and sister island iguanas on hand"
    Now I really need to make it down there to see this place.
     
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    In a recent post he said only the Anegada and Ricord's Iguanas are on-exhibit, but hopefully that changes!

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    Dang! Hopefully when they open up fully they will have em' all on display.
     
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    I asked on Facebook and Ty said they will all be on display when the full facility opens!
     
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    Well that's just beautiful news!

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    What impact will the "iguana ban" have on a place like this?