The additional funding this season is especially important as Reptile Gardens plans to expand. The attraction hopes to begin construction this fall on new spaces for alligators and turtles.
“We hope we can start this fall, but we don’t know if we can get contractors and you know we have to see how our money is going because it’s going to be quite expensive, but it’s definitely in the plans and we will definitely do it. do, it’s just a matter of when, ”Brockelsby said.
Expenses are such a big factor in the renovation schedule because Reptile Gardens is privately owned. While many similar attractions, such as zoos, receive funds from benefactors and local and state governments, Reptile Gardens must rely on its own income to operate the park.
“We really can’t compete with zoos,” Brockelsby said, “so we’re trying to do the things that zoos can’t do”.
This includes hands-on experiences, such as petting giant tortoises, and interactive experiences, such as snake and alligator shows.
The attraction also emphasizes customer service. Brockelsby describes customer service as “the key to our business”.
A unique challenge facing Reptile Gardens this year has been staffing. The attraction has struggled to find employees, especially with the record number of tourists coming to the park.