Idaho Reptile Zoo

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10531 West Overland Road, Boise, Idaho 83709, USA



Idaho’s First Reptile Reserve

About Us

Founded and owned by Tyler Messina, Idaho Reptile Zoo officially began in 2019, but has long been operating as Reptile Adventures for 10+ years in the Treasure Valley.  Tyler, and his daughter Eleni, travel across the northwest spreading their passion and love for reptiles.  Influences like Steve Irwin and Jane Goodall sparked the drive for Tyler, as just a kid, to want to educate and conservate.  He’s traveled through the Amazon rainforest, and supports many conservationists and enthusiasts around the world in hopes of spreading education through interaction.  Through our outreach program, Reptile Adventures, we will be able to continue the journey in bringing fun, interactive education to all ages across the entire PNW.

Our Team

Our team purely consists of volunteers who willingly participate in daily chores as well as educating through our outreach programs.

Without our ever-growing volunteer team, we wouldn’t be able to operate as an open facility to the public and continue outreach and education.  We also work with the teams at Idaho Veterinary Hospital and WestVet Animal Specialty and Emergency to make sure everyone is happy, healthy, and receives the best veterinary care offered.  This is just a small glimpse into our support staff!

Idaho Reptile Zoo

Idaho Reptile Zoo is a federal and state recognized 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to education through interaction.

We are home to more than 200 animals at any given time at our rescue and education center, and provide permanent homes to rescues and rehabilitation animals alike.  We are located in Boise, Idaho and offer educational outreach programs throughout the Treasure Valley.

Our New Facility

During these trying times we have been blessed to be able to move to our new facility and open to the public.

Thank you to our donors and sponsors for allowing us to be able to make our new 10,000 sq. ft facility possible!  We are NOW OPEN to the public 7 days a week!

Our Mission and Animal Ambassadors

Our mission is to bring education to the public through interaction! Through generous donations and amazing animal ambassadors, we can bring the hands-on to YOU.

Our facility is home to hundreds of rescues, adoptable animals and even some avian counterparts alike!  We work closely with the Department of Agriculture and Idaho Fish and Game to make sure that no animal in need gets looked past.  This allows us to be a permanent home to invasive as well as illegal species here in Idaho, and educate the public on these animals as well.  Our mascot, Beast the Blue tegu, our team of Burmese pythons, and Harriet, our Salmon Pink Birdeater tarantula, are all just a small part of our animal team of educators to bring everyone the knowledge on these amazing creatures, as well as the hands on approach to conquering your fears of these truly stunning animals. Who’s ready to meet the entire ambassador crew?!

A reptile Zoo, in Boise, Idaho!


Adoption Program

While rescues come to us in all shapes, sizes, conditions and ages, we simply cannot house them all forever!  Inquire about our available adoptions here or on our Facebook page to learn more! 

Although we reserve the right to refuse any adoption process, it is extremely inportant to us to educate and give everyone the chance to take home and care for an animal they may learn to love!  We will do our best to send you home with supplies, knowledge and information about your new family member.  Ask us about complete setups we may have to offer as well!

Even though we like to make every adoption final, we know that life happens and will always accept an animal return, with no questions asked.  It’s what we are here for! 

Need to surrender an animal to our rescue? Inquire below or message us on our Facebook page. 

Looking to add an animal ambassador of your own?  Check out our adoptions page for the selection of rescues we have available for forever homes.

Educational Programs

We offer a wide variety of educational outreach programs through Reptile Adventures!  You can schedule your dream birthday party at our facility, or catch us at family-friendly kids and pet expos across the valley!  We love to educate through interaction and are also available for school programs, library events, home birthday parties and much more.


In-House Reptile Adventures Party

This is a party at our ZOO facility! 

Rent out our zoo facility for your very own, personal birthday party at the reptile zoo!  This will give you an exclusive one of a kind tour of the facility, feeding our larger in-house tortoises and water turtle pond, PLUS includes our hour long hands-on presentation as well!  Tables and chairs are included in this 3-hour package

$325 USD

Hands-on Reptile Adventures Party

This is for our party at YOUR location

This birthday party package includes a one hour long hands-on educational show! Choose your location, indoor or outdoor (weather permitting) and we will bring about a dozen different animals including a large tortoise, American alligator and a large python!  Special requests or fears? Just ask us during booking! 

$195 USD

School and Library Programs

Classroom/Library Hands-on Reptile Adventures Show

This show is catered towards large school and classroom assemblies!

Our classroom and library programs include a one hour show with about a dozen different animals.  No crowd is too small or too large as we love to come visit for assemblies and educational library days!  This is also available indoor or outdoor (weather permitting). Plus, we can provide multiple shows a day for multiple classes as long as we are available for the timeframe needed.

$150 USD

Reptile Adventures Petting Zoo

This is a great option for carnivals, STEM nights and indoor/outdoor expos

Book our petting zoo option for this hourly program.  We will bring large displays of several types of animals and can cater towards the style and theme of an event as well.  We also allow animals out for interaction and bring as big or as small of a display as needed.  This option is indoor or outdoor (weather permitting)

$100 / Hour

Visit Idaho Reptile Zoo

We are NOW OPEN to the public

Come see your favorite educators, animal ambassadors, and crazy parrots alike in our brand new 10,000 sq. ft facility!!  We are open to the general public and are taking COVID-19 safety precautions as recommended.  Masks are extremely encouraged and there are sanitizing stations around our facility.

Adults $9

Kids $6

Under 3 are FREE

Inquire and book your next Reptile Adventure Today!

Looking to book us?  Have questions?

The easiest way to book a show or a birthday party is through our Facebook page booking tab!  Additional questions? Need more information? Want to know how to donate? Contact us here!

Our Future

Idaho Reptile Zoo is growing fast!  We cannot thank the community enough for over 10 years of support. 

Our mission is to open and maintain Idaho’s first Reptile Zoo and Education Center.  Our future involves large indoor and outdoor enclosures where the general public can interact with reptiles, arachnids, birds and amphibians alike.  In addition to visiting our adoption center, our store and partners will be the go-to spot for supplies and food for exotic pets!  Our non-profit is run on grants and donations, and we want YOU to be a part of our journey! 

Ways to help

Operating as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit means we rely solely on your generous donations to make our rescue happen.

There are many ways we can receive help with donations!  We are always in need of supplies, food for the animals, heat sources and of course, monetary donations go a long way!  We love to get community service operations in the rescue as well as rotating volunteer programs!  Below are just a few programs we offer to help daily costs for the rescue as well as help make visits to the zoo cost effective and exciting!


We now offer yearly zoo membership options!  This will include a custom membership card, Idaho Reptile Zoo Sticker, and free admission to the zoo for a year!  We will also include $25 off the purchase of an educational show (Hands-on Birthday Party or Classroom Program)


additional person in household is 1/2 off!  $20 for 2nd membership (must be purchased together)

Family Zoo Memberships

This option is great for that family of 4 or larger that has children over the age of 5 years old.  This option is a yearly membership! Includes a custom family membership card and one “guest” card that will allow 2 people of your choice to bring your family if you’re not available.  Perfect for the grandparents or the older out of house siblings that want to visit the zoo!  (must show photo ID).  Purchase will also include an Idaho Reptile Zoo sticker and FREE admission for a year! 


Per family, including 2 extended family options as well! A STEAL OF A DEAL!

Single Sponsor Program

This sponsorship program will allow you a permanent spot at the zoo!  You will receive a wooden placard to decorate and bring back for us to hang on our wall, as well as a single zoo membership, renewable after a year, an Idaho Reptile Zoo Sticker and custom membership card!  Snag your forever spot in our zoo! 


This does not apply to normal single membership cost with half off 2nd member.

Adopt-a-Reptile Resident Sponsorship

This sponsorship allows you to adopt your favorite resident reptiles and allows you to help with the costs of daily care and needs, while receiving all the benefits of a FAMILY membership!  This option ranges in cost depending on the resident reptile you want to sponsor, and will include one Family Zoo Membership (THAT’S HALF OFF!) ,  a framed glossy photo of your adopted reptile, a personal adoption certificate, an Idaho Reptile Zoo sticker and $10 off your next group event with us! 

$150-$200/sponsored animal

This sponsorship includes your choice of one: Alligator pen, Iguana Group, Large Snake Wall, Tortoise Corral, Monitor Lizard, and our mascot Beast! Cost varies depending on the animal!

Ready for your membership?
Want to sponsor an animal enclosure? Inquire below!

Contact Us


10531 W. Overland Road
Boise, Idaho 83709

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Email: [email protected]



Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm


Adults: $9

Kids 13 & under: $6 (includes Seniors & First Responders)

Kids 3 yrs & under: FREE

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