Reptile Gardens celebrates 80 years, named World's Largest Reptile Zoo

Published: Jul. 13, 2017 at 2:51 PM CDT
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The following is a story as part of KSFY's One Day Getaway:

There is a lot more to the Black Hills than the major destinations like Crazy Horse or Mount Rushmore.

Places like Reptile Gardens offer a unique adventure for the whole family.

It is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Whether it's snakes, gators, exotic birds or the giant tortoises, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Staff at Reptile Gardens said a lot has changed since it was first opened back in the 1930s.

"When my father opened up Reptile Gardens in 1937, he basically dug a great big pit and caught animals indigenous to South Dakota," John Brockelsby with public relations said. "Now, here we are 80 years later with over 200 species of reptiles on display."

That large collection has earned Reptile Gardens a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Largest Reptile Zoo.

You can find it south of Rapid City on Highway 16 on the way to Crazy Horse.