If you’re an adventurer and one who fancies wildlife, then there’s a place for you to visit in Escondido, California. Perhaps you’ve already been to the San Diego Zoo or Los Angeles Zoo, and now you’re itching for something new. You’ve witnessed an incredible array of creatures both by land, air and sea. However, in most cases, you had to witness these beautiful creatures from afar.
But, what if you could change that, and actually see some of these amazing creatures uncaged, where the animals can crawl and wrap themselves around you? Well, now you can at EcoVivarium in Escondido, California.
EcoVivarium Living Museum was started five years ago with a vision to educate the public about the importance of reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. This magnificent organization has in many cases rescued at risk animals that were either not cared for properly, were abused or even at the point of death.
Ecovivariums animal population receives dozens of hours of training so that they can be handled by anyone in a safe environment. All of the reptiles are trained for human contact and quite docile, even friendly!
EcoVivarium in Escondido
This past January, EcoVivarium graciously invited my wife and I to visit the museum for a behind-the-scenes tour. We found it to be a wonderful place where the staff was passionate about what they do and the difference they make in the lives of the animals they care for.
My wife and I especially enjoyed interacting with the water monitors who are huge lizards that can grow up to 12 feet long! I was actually able to hold one of them which was over 4 feet long from head to tail and had quite the impressive claws.
We then proceeded to view some hefty and very long boa constrictors. The trainer allowed me to hold a bow constrictor which was approximately 50 pounds and decided to crawl up and around my torso. This was an amazing experience and one I will never forget!
As with all the animals at EcoVivarium, the snake was very tame and use to a lot of human contact.
Throughout our tour, we got to meet and hold many other fascinating animals varying in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. For example, we met Ninja the turtle who lived in a pyramid type enclosure.
We learned that one of the reptiles had survived a fire, but some of his toes had burned off. It was sad to see, but comforting to know that he now lives a happy life at the museum.
We also met Valentine the snake who rescued on Valentine’s Day, because he was kept in a garage by his prior owners and left to die. Thankfully, Valentine was rescued by the staff and nursed back to health.
EcoVivarium Educational Programs
EcoVivarum offers a variety of educational programs to the community including:
These programs cover ecology, environmental impacts, threatened and endangered species, exotics in the pet trade/pet responsibility, major culture/history overview of select species, the food web, humans’ role in species survival – and what students can do specifically. A variety of live animals are presented. Assembly programs are 45 minutes in length.
All classroom programs are hands-on interactive format featuring live animals. We can customize any of our programs to meet your specific classroom or school requirements. Programs are 30 to 60 minutes in length and are designed for the individual classrooms. Multiple programs work best by rotating students thru a single classroom. Classroom program prices begin at $195. Discounts are available for multiple programs booked on the same day at the same campus.
Students, staff and visitors will marvel at the array of exciting reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. Animal Educators will be on hand for individual animal interactive encounters. Photo opportunities abound for visitors as they reach out and touch these amazing creatures. This program is designed to function in a multitude of educational and community roles. Mobile zoo is great for fund raisers, school celebrations and science festivals. Mobile Zoo is a minimum 4 hour program.
Field Trips For Students
Tuesday is reserved for field trips and parties. See below for further contact information.
EcoVivarium Admission Prices
EcoVivarium in Escondido is a fantastic learning environment for all! Admission to EcoVivarium is $10 for adults, $9 for Seniors, and $8 for Children (3-17 yrs. old).
EcoVivarium is located at 136 S. Juniper St., Escondido, CA 92025, (760)975-9690
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