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
Gary teams up with accomplished Elaphe breeder Lloyd Lemke and the name is changed to “Orange County Zoological”.
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.
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.
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.
- Zoo Med introduces the first “canned” (retorted) reptile foods with novel ingredients such as Opuntia cactus.
- 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
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
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!
- 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
- The first reptile water conditioner that instantly removes chlorine,
chloramines and ammonia. Aids in rehydrating new animals by adding
- 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.
- 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
- Was a big year for Zoo Med with the introduction of 3 exclusive patented new products:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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!