first_img“We are pleased to be able to open an enlarged and much improved Reptile House to the public. Within a historic building, visitors will see an all new and modern display area with custom-made habitats for the reptiles and amphibians,” said Gail L. Hunton, supervising historic preservation specialist with the Monmouth County Park System. MIDDLETOWN – After more than a year of extensive renovations, the Reptile House in Huber Woods Park reopened its doors for visitors Monday, Dec. 9. The Reptile House in Huber Woods Park is officially open after undergoing extensive renovations to its interior and exterior. Visitors can see a variety of amphibians and reptiles in the facility’s new animal exhibits.Photo courtesy Monmouth County Park System The Reptile House has been renovated with fresh interior and exterior features, replacing what was formerly a cramped and outdated design. “We’re extremely ecstatic to reopen and welcome visitors. The space looks so different and works well for visitors to come see our inhabitants,” said Sam Skinner, senior park naturalist, in a press release. “If our critters could talk, they’d say how nice it is to be in a more natural environment.” During the renovations, animals were housed in a safe place within Huber Woods Park. The Reptile House is home to a variety of reptiles and amphibians for guests to visit and learn about. That includes a natural corn snake, northern pine snake, eastern king snake, northern diamondback terrapins, spotted turtles, Fowler’s toads, gray tree frogs and more, the park system stated. According to the Monmouth County Park System, the Reptile House was originally built in 1927 as a garage for the Hands Huber House, now Huber Woods’ Environmental Center. It has housed reptiles since the 1990s and is a popular site in the park. The park system called the new animal habitats “one of the best features of the renovation.” A firm that specializes in animal habi- tats completed the installation. They now feature environmental controls, lighting and scenery. The habitats are accompanied by “lively graphics and signs” with detailed information about the animals and their environments. “Colorful wall graphics and information about the species on display enliven the space,” said Hunton. Inside, visitors now experience an open floor plan with newer and larger live animal exhibits reproduced with environmental themes to mirror natural habitats, as well as expanded work areas and better circulation for guests. For more information, visit monmouthcountyparks.com. The reptile house is located at 25 Brown’s Dock Road in Middletown Township. Winter visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. During warmer months weekend hours are extended to 5 p.m. “No matter what time of year, visitors should also be sure to stop into the Huber Woods Environmental Center and explore its exhibits and displays. These facilities are just two of the many ways the Park System encourages visitors to connect to the natural world around them,” according to the park system.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2016)–Makena, a rapidly improving 4-year-old filly by Pioneerof the Nile, made short work of six rivals on Friday at Santa Anita, winning the track’s $58,000 allowance feature under Drayden Van Dyke by 3 ¼ handy lengths. Trained by Scott Hansen and based at San Luis Rey Downs, Makena negotiated a flat mile in 1:35.98.Quick out of the gate from her number three post position, Makena sat a comfortable second just outside of favored Our First Girl throughout, prior to taking command at the quarter pole and won eased up in her second consecutive win.The second choice in the wagering at 9-5, Makena paid $5.60, $3.00 and $2.40. Owned by Gary Broad, she picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing her earnings to $102,120. A maiden special weight winner going a mile here on March 3, Makena’s overall mark now stands at 6-2-2-2.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Savannah Sky was attentive to the pace and finished second, 2 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Girl Downstairs. Off at 7-2, Savannah Sky paid $3.60 and $3.00.Like the top two finishers, Girl Downstairs, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, was attentive to the pace and was easily third-best, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Our First Girl. Off at 18-1, Girl Downstairs paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.17, 47.01, 1:11.45 and 1:23.34.First post time for a 12-race program on Saturday, Santa Anita Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open early on Derby Day at 10 a.m.last_img read more