About the Zoo

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 family and staff 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 programs 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!!

"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."