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What You'll Get
Reptiles are among the earth's most misunderstood creatures, alongside soccer referees and medieval-faire reenactors. Cast aside myths and embrace swamp-dwelling truth with today's Groupon to Reptilia, a reptile repository in Vaughan. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get a general-admission ticket (up to a $15 value).
- For $36, you get a general-admission summer pass (a $79 value).
- For $116, you get a four-session antiphobia class (a $299 value).
- For $175, you get one week at Reptilia’s summer camp (a $349 value).
Reptilia corrals the cold-blooded of the earth to create one of Canada's largest reptile zoos. With a general-admission ticket or general-admission summer pass, guests will get access to the scaled and slithering attractions at the 25,000-square-foot zoo. Ponder the Ouroboros of your meteorology career while viewing the zoo's 22-foot-long pythons, or pay respect to all 14 feet and 1,100 pounds of the Nile crocodile, Induna.
Antiphobia courses pack four 90-minute, truth-illuminating sessions full of deconstructing myths, solving queries, and familiarizing participants with their phobias. Experts then introduce adventurous guests to animal artifacts, photographs, and bank statements before presenting the creatures in the context of their exhibits. Concluding each course is an optional interaction with a formerly feared fang bearer.
A week of summer camp imbues the hours with tours, reptilian events, and creature-centric arts and crafts, encouraging campers to learn about ecology, biology, and the fundamentals of Parseltongue. Campers will take Reptilia-designed courses with hands-on science activities and explore slithery topics through role playing and theatrical performances.
Feedings are held daily, giving guests up-close access to the reptilian rhapsody-in-jaws usually seen only by rodents, gazelles, and doomed safari guides. Numerous shows are held at the zoo throughout the day, allowing guests to learn a bit more about the creatures without having to delve into tedious alligator autobiographies or monitor-lizard memoirs.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required for antiphobia class and summer camp; subject to availability. Summer passes valid only July-Sept. Non-transferable. May redeem across visits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Spanning 25,000 square feet of living quarters for coldblooded creatures, Reptilia houses more than 200 venomous and nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians. Experienced keepers and handlers educate zoo-goers on the critters that make up the more than 50 exhibits, including star attractions such as a 14-foot king cobra, a red-footed tortoise, and Induna—a 14-foot Nile crocodile weighing more than 1,200 pounds. Besides expounding on animals’ eating habits during four live feedings each day, the cast also demonstrates the reptiles’ instinctive behaviors during live shows in an on-site theatre. Furthering its commitment to reptilian education, the zoo helps visitors overcome their irrational fears of snakes, spiders, and terrarium glass in a four-week course dedicated to phobias, and camp counselors guide Reptilia campers through science experiments, arts and crafts, and ecologically focused zoo tours.