PERRY – From live animals to Jurassic era memorabilia there was just about anything and everything at Prehistoric World, a new business for people who love reptiles and amphibians.
“I think it is fantastic and I think it will do very well,” said Castile resident Linda Little.
A packed crowd came out to Perry on Saturday to see the animals at the grand opening celebration of Prehistoric World.
The new business at 14 Lake St. will be run by owner Linda Poyfair, her husband, and two children.
“This is my dream and I could not imagine life not working with these amazing animals,” said Poyfair.
“I wanted to share my love and passion for reptiles and amphibians with other people that might feel afraid of these types of animals. I wanted people who don’t know these animals to lose that fear and get to know these animals,” said Poyfair.
From frogs to a large Argentine black and white tegu, Poyfair said there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
“We have all different types of species of snakes, turtles, lizards and we also have invertebrates like tarantula and scorpions,” said Poyfair.
In addition to seeing the animals people will also have a chance to purchase them.
“We do some breeding on the side, so we do have some animals that are for sale here, too,” said Poyfair.
The new business is very hands-on and encourages people to not only see the animals but to also touch them. By seeing them close-up, staff said they are hoping it will encourage more people to think about the importance of protecting the animals for generations to come.
“We are also going to have classes with camps, so that people can have a more in depth opportunity to get to know these animals. It is not just the furry animals that are important, these guys are also important to our ecosystems and food chains as well,” said Poyfair.
More animals could come, too. Poyfair is already talking about expanding her business.
“We are going to have a rotation of the animals and there is another side here that will be opening with different species,” said Poyfair.
They are unique animals that many in Perry say they rarely get a chance to see and as more people get a chance to learn about them community leaders are also hoping it will help to create additional growth in Wyoming County.
“It is going to be a real asset to the community, especially being so close to Letchworth State Park and people with kids will love to come here.
It is just another unique things for people to do right here in Perry,” said Eric Szucs, director of tourism for the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce.
Prehistoric World calls itself the only reptile zoo and dinosaur museum in New York. It is open 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, with a sensory hour from 7 to 8 p.m., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. There is an admission charge.