From Our Editors
It’s 7 p.m. on a Monday night and the alligator is hungry. Fortunately, the reptile keepers at Scales and Tails brought dinner with them. As families in their audience look on in awe behind the safety of a fenced enclosure, the expert handlers feed the reptile its meaty morsels. After a while, with the keeper's help, the kids get in on the action, too, guiding a long pole laden with chicken towards the gator's waiting maw. Moments like this one happen every week at Scales and Tails, but the center's handlers are far more than reptile caterers. They travel throughout Utah and Wyoming, visiting classrooms and birthday parties sharing their interest in reptiles and birds with rapt audiences of children. At their storefront in Salt Lake City, they invite families to drop by and interact with the animals.