We were the only people there for a while and Sophie had a great time looking around and was thrilled to pet/hold whatever they showed her. Towards the end of the night they fed some of the larger animals, which was neat and slightly scary at times. Alligators are pretty lively when you start to wave a chicken leg over their head! Sophie was fascinated by it all and stood right up front during the feedings. My younger self would have been appalled to see all those little mice and rats become dinner, but it didn't seem to bother her at all. It was fun to watch her see these animals she loves so much!
She was really disappointed she wasn't old enough to hold the tarantula, but she did get to handle several small snakes, a flat little turtle named Skillet, and hold a python on her shoulders.
Petting Twinkle Toes
This is Gatorade, and he stared at me eerily for several minutes
Video: Meeting Sausage the Skink
Face to face with Hydro the water monitor, the second largest lizard species in the world
My little snake lover
And one of Davey, because even though he came too, he felt left out of this post