New Reptile Zoo and Education Center Set to Open In Enfield

ENFIELD, CT — If it crawls, slithers or hisses, chances are you’ll find it at a unique zoo and learning center soon to open in the South Road plaza: Riverside Reptiles Education Center. The first business of its kind in town is slated to open to the public Oct. 10.

Over 50 species of amphibians and reptiles will be on display in the Exhibit Gallery, including an 8-foot alligator, venomous snakes, various types of turtles and a variety of lizards.

Owner Brian Kleinman has always had a fascination for animals, with a special soft spot for the “creepy crawlies,” he recently said in a newsletter for the White Memorial Conservation Center. With an educational background in biology, he began to achieve his dream of educating others about the animals he loves. He has worked at a variety of zoos and educational centers, including the Roaring Brook Nature Center and the

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