About the Zoo

Idaho Reptile Zoo actually was started in the home of our founder, Tyler Messina's garage. Starting with 8 animals, word quickly got out about the rescue program and educational programs. From there, Tyler has done whatever necessary to ensure our collection of rescues have a place to call home. While it started in a garage we are constantly growing and now even outgrowing our 10,000 sq ft facility and looking to grow from there. 

Our Team

We are a family run operation starting with Tyler, our director of operations. His wife Alyssa does all of the important work in the office. While their two daughters Eleni and Paisley help out with our outreach. But all of which make up our Croc Care Team!

Plus grandma, Wanda, runs our Front Desk as well as care for our Tortoises. 

But we needed some extra help and met two of the best brothers Aspen and Graham, who are so passionate and hard working they felt like family from day one. So much so, that we have added them on as our head snake and lizard caretakers. 

Wanda Messina


-Front Desk 

-Tortoise Caretaker

Eleni and Paisley


-Outreach Specialists

Aspen Starn 

-Lizard Caretaker


Tyler Messina


-Croc Caretaker

Alyssa Messina

-Office Manager 

-Croc Caretaker

Graham Starn

-Snake Caretaker


"Excellent experience, very interactive. Staff was knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Definitely will have a return visit! Highlight was the turtle feeding and the petting opportunities.”


"Tyler did a wonderful job and made my sons second birthday a great experience! He was extra patient with my toddler. My son just loved getting to pet all the cool creatures! 100% worth it and I’m so glad we had this experience!"


"Great people with a wonderful mission. They rescue so many animals that are discarded and abandoned by prior owners, give them a great home and educate the public about these amazing creatures."