The alligators, lizards, and snakes of KOTA Territory are attracting world-wide attention.
Rapid City's Reptile Gardens has been identified by the Guinness Book of World Records as having more reptiles than any other reptile zoo in the world.
Terry Phillip, animal curator at Reptile Gardens, says that means the zoo has the more diverse number of species and sub-species. Since Phillip says Reptile Gardens competes against reptiles zoos in Moscow, Russia and San Diego, he is very proud of this recognition. "We're competing with facilities that open $20 million new reptile houses, and so here we are locally-owned family business in the Black Hills of South Dakota and I think it's really an amazing thing," said Phillip.
Phillip added that in addition to tourists, he would like more locals to stop by the 76 year-old facility, as something new is added every year.