Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Very Special Teddy Bears

Handmade Bear by Sandi Tipple at 
Tapir and Friends Animal Store

What could possibly be more comforting than a teddy bear, particularly one handmade with tender, loving care? The bears we feature on our website are extra-special; made by Sandi Tipple, many of them can be found in NICUs and pediatric cancer wards snuggling up to the littlest, most vulnerable patients. We can attest that they are highly huggable and very sweet. These bears also support a wonderful cause: proceeds go directly to help offset the cost of Sandi's cancer treatments. 

Sandi also makes chemo hats and walker caddies and some very snuggly dogs. Please visit Sandi's Corner and check out her wonderful creations!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Plastic Life Cycle Models


Our plastic life cycle models are relatively new to the gift store. We're pretty excited about them; not only are they beautiful, but they make great visual teaching aids. Made of sturdy, high-quality plastic, they can be used for homeschooling projects, as gifts for curious, scientifically-minded kids (or adults!), or school science projects. We will be expanding our selection in the next few months, so be sure to keep your eye on our life cycle section!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We've Got Some Exciting Things Brewing for Halloween!

Plastic Witches' Cauldron at Tapir and Friends Animal Store

Halloween is fast approaching, and this year we've got some exciting new Halloween items to add a little spook and witchy spice to your festivities. Whether you're looking for ghosts, skeletons, witches, spiders, snakes, or scorpions, we've got you covered (in cobwebs)!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Get Your Paraceratherium Replica Here!

Paraceratherium (Indrichotherium) Replica
at Tapir and Friends Animal Store!

Do ancient animals make your heart leap? As a kid, I couldn't stay out of the paleontology books. Now you can purchase realistic replicas and create an ancient zoo in your own room. You will want to read about them, too. This is the Paraceratherium. What an interesting ancient mammal! We've just posted some new info about this critter. Click the link and learn all about them!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Corinna Bechko Jewelry...and Capybaras


We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to feature the work of several talented artists on our website. Corinna Bechko is not just a wonderful artist, she's also a pretty fantastic human being. She donates 20% of the proceeds from the sales in her Etsy store to TPF

Speaking of capybaras, we're about to make your day. Go here and prepare to be delighted! You're welcome. 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Humpback Whale Toy


Perhaps there's nothing quite as beautiful and mysterious as the majestic whale. Gliding through the depths of the sea, these denizens of the deep capture our hearts and imaginations with their intelligence and their songs. If you're as mesmerized by these marvelous creatures as we are, then please check out our wonderful cetacean section

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Plastic Monkeys


Sometimes we wonder strange things around here: did an Andrewsarchus eat the only successful time traveler? Why on Earth are baboon behinds bright red? We believe in asking questions at TPF because the search for answers is usually pretty fun, especially when animals are involved. If you've ever wondered about baboon posteriors, we have the answer for you! Apparently, it's all about fertility. Young, female baboons have bright red derrieres in order to let the males know they are ready to create more baboons. And now we know the answer to at least one of our questions. Only the Andrewsarchus knows the answer to the other one, and it isn't talking. 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Andrewsarchus Toy and a Theory about Time Travel

Plastic Andrewsarchus at Tapir and Friends Animal Store

We have a theory about time travel here at Tapir and Friends. Secretly (well, not secret anymore), we believe that someone actually discovered time travel a long time ago, but instead of being decorated as a hero and written up in all the history books and scientific journals, our poor explorer got eaten right out of his time machine by an angry Andrewsarchus, and the rest, well, isn't history. Poor time traveler. If you'd like your own collection of extinct beasts, please visit our prehistoric life section. Enter at your own risk. They may or may not be hungry today.  

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Plastic Inostrancevia


We're expanding our prehistoric animal collection! Our newest addition is the Inostrancevia Permian Therapsid (try saying that three times fast. No, wait. Don't. It might summon an angry Andrewsarchus to eat you if you do it whilst looking into a gas station mirror). If prehistoric life makes you as happy as it does some of us here at Tapir and Friends, you must visit our prehistoric life section!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Egyptian Sphinx

Egyptian Sphinx at Giza Toy at Tapir and Friends Animal Store

Imagine traveling to ancient Thebes. You're hot, dusty, and tired. You want a bed, food, and some ouzo. But instead of an open gate, you encounter a tricksy sphinx who demands an answer to her riddle before you can enter the city. The question? "Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed, two-footed, and three-footed?" Your weary brain struggles for an answer. Fortunately, genius strikes your neural pathways, and you answer, "Humans!" Ouzo, food, and a place to sleep are yours for the night! Whew. 

If you'd like your own sphinx, look no further. Our sphinx is from Egypt, but we're sure she's related to the one in Thebes. We also have a partial pantheon of Egyptian gods and some pyramids. Be sure to check them out!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Flying Pig Keychains

Flying Pig Keychain at Tapir and Friends 
Animal Store
"When pigs fly!" Most of the time when we hear this phrase, it means something is impossible. Not at Tapir and Friends. We think flying pigs are signs of hope and possibility...with just a dash of whimsy. Our flying pig is the perfect gift for those who scoff at the notion of impossibility and all the other dreamers in your life. 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

When You Don't Know Which "Sea Dragon" to Buy, Get Them a Gift Certificate!



When you don't know which type of dragon that special person on your list would prefer, give them a gift certificate from Tapir and Friends Animal Store and let THEM make the choice!

We have over 1,300 products to select from! You choose the dollar amount and the certificate is good for up to 2 years. They can use it all at once or apply it to several purchases. Just click the "Gift Certificate" link at the very top left of our web site! 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Colorful Plastic Goldfish



Priced for summer fun. Put them on cupcakes or throw them in a wading pool and see who can cath the most. At these prices, you can have lots of fun with plastic fish! You can buy a range of colors as well as more traditional orange plastic goldfish at Tapir and Friends Animal Store. We ship FAST!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Animal Flashlights

Green Toucan Carabiner Clip Flashlight

Great White Shark Carabiner Clip Animal Flashlight

We've just restocked our super-fun animal carabiner flashlights. These flashlights are much enjoyed by children and adults alike. The carabiner allows the animals to clip onto almost anything so it's always handy when you want it. The light is bright and will help you find your way in a dark parking lot or along the path  to your camping tent at night. Attach one to your belt, backpack, or beach bag. Don't go on vacation witout an animal flashlight for every member of your family. Have fun and stay safe!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Monday, June 30, 2014

World-class Animal Replicas Back in Stock


We know you've been waiting for quite a long time, and so have we! Finally! A new shipment of some of your favorite exotic plastic animals are now available again. Besides the beautiful and endangered scimitar-horned oryx, we also received the popular Paraceratherium, Megacerops, Mexican red-kneed tarantula, red dquirrel, bumblebee, bearded dragon lizard and the Greek god Poseidon.

Pop on over to Tapir and Friends and look up your favorite animal in our search box!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Plastic and Plush Scorpions

Plush Gray Scorpion Toy
Plush Gray Scorpions at Tapir and Friends 
Animal Store

We love scorpions at Tapir and Friends. Sure they sting, but they also dance! The scorpion mating dance is called the "Promenade a Deux." This fancy footwork can last up to 25 hours. Please peruse our wonderful selection of plastic and stuffed scorpions!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lemurs Facing Extinction in Madagascar

Lemur in Madagascar
Lee Spangler with Lemur Friend in Madagascar

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has just announced that 90 of 101 species of lemur are now on their Red List of Threatened Species, with 20 percent classed as Critically Endangered. This means the vast majority of lemurs are in danger of complete extinction in the wild. Found only in Madagascar, lemurs are threatened by the loss of their habitat created by illegal logging. To find out what you can do to help lemurs, please go here.

Lemur in Madagascar
Lemur in Madagascar (Photo by Lee Spangler)

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

New Plastic Animals in Our Discount and Bulk Category

Emperor Penguin Small Plastic Toy

We've just added some beautiful little plastic penguins to the Discount and Bulk category at Tapir and Friends Animal Store. We now have a large selection of discount and bulk small plastic animals available. You do NOT have to buy in large quantities to get these low prices. We do ask that you buy at least 2 to 10, depending on the specific product, but the total price is usually between $2.00 and $3.00 for a minimum quantity. You can add as many more as you'd like.

See you at the store!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Miniature Figurines of People for Your Diorama

Australian Aboriginal Ranger Plastic Figurine

Whether your diorama ia about the Australian outback or the frozen north, we may have just the human figurines you need to go along with the animals for your biome diorama.

Alligator or Crocodile Handler Small Plastic Figurine (Man holding crocodile, looks like Steve Irwin)

Small Plastic Figurine of Eskimo Man with Spear


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

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