Lost Realms Pets had a busy grand opening on Saturday, April 8.
Attendees started arriving two hours before the event to line up to get into the prehistoric playground. By the end of the day, over 2,800 people attended the Grand Opening and enjoyed all of the festivities.
Lost Realms Pets is an 8,000-square-foot facility that has a “jungle” resembled after forgotten temple houses with more than 50 species of exotic reptiles and amphibians. Some of these exotic animals include crocodile monitors, giant reticulated pythons, endangered Borneo earless monitors and Rio Fuerte bearded lizards. Those who want to purchase an animal after walking through the “playground” jungle area can do so, along with all the supplies and caging needed.
At the Grand Opening, city council officials, the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau and Valley Children’s Hospital did a ribbon cutting with the Lost Realms Pets owners Nick Crawford and Pat Fournier. Local food and dessert trucks named each of their items a reptile-related name, such as Prehistoric Pepperoni Pizza and Monitor Lizard Pie Ice Cream. There was even reptile egg cake-pops available! Free face painting and a Forgotten Temple bounce slide was available for everyone. Additionally, over $2,200 was raised for Valley Children’s Hospital.
Upon walking in, visitors could see a baby wallaby and porcupine. According to Lost Realms Pets, children and parents were all captivated by the plethora of exotic reptiles and amphibians that were available to see, pet, hold and purchase. Plus, each child received a free educational coloring book with reptile drawings and facts.
“We are truly amazed by the overwhelming support and attendance of our grand opening,” Crawford said. “This is our dream, and our dream came true.”
Lost Realms Pets is now open for business every day. The hours are as followed:
Monday -Saturday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Address: 8059 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, California 93720
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