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Our History - Over 30 Years of Innovation

1977 19 year old Gary Bagnall and college friend Mark Lemke start a reptile company out of a one car garage. The company is called “In Cold Blood” and is located in Costa Mesa, California.

1978 Gary teams up with accomplished Elaphe breeder Lloyd Lemke and the name is changed to “Orange County Zoological”.

1979 Gary starts California Zoological Supply (”Cal Zoo”) and travels to Honduras, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, and Western Samoa in search of reptiles. Cal Zoo was the first company in the U.S. to bring in Uromastyx Aegyptius, Pacific island boas and the original 4 Albino Columbian Red-Tailed Boas. Today over 50% of the reptiles and amphibians sold from Cal Zoo are captive raised from private breeders in the U.S. Cal Zoo is now owned by Tyrone Dillon.

1984 Zoo Med open’s it’s doors selling but one item–”Reptivite”–a reptile vitamin developed by a chemist and zookeeper to help a local zoo combat calcium deficiencies they were encountering in their turtle collection.

1993 Zoo Med’s crowning achievement with our development and introduction of the first UVB reptile lamp on the market. This lamp along with heat and a proper diet allowed herp breeders to now maintain difficult species (such as chameleons,etc.) in captivity, plus prevent or reverse metabolic bone disease in all species of lizards, turtles and tortoises. Zoo Med’s UVB lamp range is the #1 choice with Zoo’s, Vets and professional reptile breeders. We estimate that our part in the development of UVB lighting for reptiles has saved hundreds of thousands of reptiles from an early death in captivity.

1993 CANNED FOODS - Zoo Med introduces the first “canned” (retorted) reptile foods with novel ingredients such as Opuntia cactus.

1993 “REPTIBARK”® - The first terrarium wood substrate introduced. Zoo Med “triple cleans” Reptibark® to eliminate dust fines and we would never put out a substrate made from walnut shells or containing aromatic woods (such as pine, cedar or eucalyptus).

1994 BASKING & HEAT LAMPS - Zoo Med introduces the Repti Basking Spot Lamp and Repti Infrared Spot Lamp. Both made in Europe (not China) using a patented double reflector design on the basking spot and true red glass (not painted) on the infrared lamp.

1995 ALL NATURAL IGUANA FOOD - First (and only) company to produce “all natural” reptile foods using no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. We based our foods on what the animals eat in the wild – not colored corn pellets!

1996 MITE OFF - Introduced “Mite Off” which was made from non-toxic, biodegradable electronically charged stabilized colloids. Not a toxic pesticide and safe to use on hatchling snakes. Zoo Med represents that this product qualifies for exemption from registration under FIFRA section 25(b) as outlined in title 40CFR section 152.25

1997 REPTISAFE® WATER CONDITIONER - The first reptile water conditioner that instantly removes chlorine, chloramines and ammonia. Aids in rehydrating new animals by adding essential electrolytes.

1999 CAN O’s - Zoo Med introduced the first line of “cooked in the can insects” called Can O’Worms, Can O’Crickets, Can O’ Pillars, Can O’ Grasshoppers, Can O’ Snails and the new Can O’ Shrimp. Cooking in the can softens the exoskeleton of the insect making them easier to digest.

2002 REPTI HALOGEN - Zoo Med introduces the first “modified” halogen lamp for reptiles (we modified the burner tube for reptile application). Halogen technology increases burn life and the crisp bright white light makes your animals’ colors appear richer.

2003 - Was a big year for Zoo Med with the introduction of 3 exclusive patented new products:

HABBA MIST® - Programmable misting unit for terrariums, bird cages, aviaries or indoor gardens. Portable for indoor or outdoor use. Runs on batteries or AC adaptor. 4 programmable spray interval settings and 4 spray duration settings. Great for all high humidity loving species.

TURTLE DOCK® - The first “Turtle Dock” (i.e; basking site) that has a unique self leveling feature that automatically adjusts to all water levels. A “must have” product for aquatic turtle keepers.

BUGNAPPER® - Automatic live insect catcher allows the capture of free live insects to feed to your pet herps. The Bugnapper® catches flying insects like moths, beetles, gnats, flies, etc. Adjustable bug collection cup for collecting different size bugs.

2003 VITA-SAND® - Zoo Med wasn’t the first company to come out with a calcium substrate; we waited and took a different approach to ensure our substrate was (1.) natural; with no artificial colors or color sealers.(and we would never use paint to color a substrate that could be ingested. Instead we use a natural food grade iron oxide coloring agent fortified with added vitamins.) and (2.) safe; ultrafine grade for less chance of impaction. Available in 6 natural colors.

2005 - 2006 - FLOATING TURTLE LOG® & FLOATING AQUARIUM LOG Patent Pending - Zoo Med’s Floating Turtle Log and Aquarium Logs are the first product on the market designed for interactive play with your pet in mind. This naturalistic log floats just at the waters surface providing a refuge to sleep, breed or hide in plus a basking site on top for turtles.

2007 ZOO MED TURNS 30! - Zoo Med would like to thank the thousands of customers who use our products on a regular basis; we are a company full of hobbyist, biologists and engineers who enjoy making the best reptile products on earth!

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