Our Mission

Every city has a dog and cat shelter, but there are few options for reptiles in need of new homes! Reptilia is committed to helping private owners and government organizations find suitable lifelong homes for these animals, which cannot be released into the wild.

Where do our Reptiles come from?


saved & rescued





Our Commitment & Animal Stewardship Promise

As a zoological institution, Reptilia is obligated to the animals it houses. Here is the promise of every Reptilia Cast Member to each and every animal for whom we care.

Our animals receive the highest standards of care in accordance with Reptilia’s Facility Operation Manuals, based on those established by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA – CAZA.CA) of which Reptilia is a member.

Our animals will not be purposefully removed from the wild for use at Reptilia. Our animals originate from rescue situations or are already captive animals to which we have been asked to offer a lifelong home.

Our animals have proper care for life. When they arrive at Reptilia they stay or are placed into our retirement program where they continue to receive the same standard of care they’ve been used to with Reptilia for their entire stay on earth.

Our animals are given diets, temperature gradients, humidity gradients, behavioral opportunities, and all other requirements based on the individual needs of their species. Our zookeepers stay at the forefront of modern research in the care of the animal species they are responsible for, so be able to continuously improve.

Our animals will receive not just the basics, but an enriched life, with a spacious and varied living space and unexpected opportunities to experience novel objects and situations.

Our animals will be protected from stress by monitoring programs, ‘vacation’ times, and appropriate hiding spaces.

Reptilia maintains a zero-tolerance policy for abuse (all cases would be grounds for instant dismissal and prosecution to the extent provided by law).

Our focus on animal health is primarily the prevention of illness. When an illness occurs, we ensure rapid medical care to aid recovery and ease any suffering.

Our Cast Members receive the training and resources required to provide the best care for the species for which they have responsibility. Our Epaulet training program controls the consistency of our standards through regular monitoring and review of the skills of our Cast Members. We ensure only those Cast Members suitably qualified to continue to be allowed access to our animals.

For 25 Years...

Reptilia has advocated for conservation, locally and globally. We, along with our rescued reptiles, share education on reptiles, the natural world, and conservation. We have partnered with municipal authorities in various projects to protect, rescue, and rehabilitate abandoned reptiles; including finding good homes to adoptable reptiles!

From an educational standpoint, Reptilia has helped provide funding and experiences to underfunded schools. We have been able to provide field trips and in-school lessons with live reptiles for classrooms and children in various cities. For 25 years, Reptilia has given students and schools experiences they may not have been able to afford.

How can you help?

Start off by visiting Reptilia! Learn about our natural world and some of the world’s amazing animals. Then, help us by sponsoring a reptile or donating to a cause, every little bit helps! In this way, we can continue to rescue reptiles in danger and spreading a message of education and conservation, locally and globally!