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.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Handmade Teddy Bears and Dogs by Sandi Tipple

Handmade Teddy Bear
Large Handmade Stuffed Bear at
Tapir and Friends Animal Store

We recently created Sandi's Corner at Tapir and Friends to showcase products made by Sandi Tipple in an effort to raise money for her cancer treatments. I thought her teddy bears and dogs were adorable. Sandi's husband, Kevin, has also helped create some of the educational and (when I let him) humorous text for our site. His name is not on his many category descriptions, but you can read his longer articles on these pages.

Handmade Red Teddy Bear

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Plastic Snakes to Keep Pests Out of Your Pool and Garden

Toy Plastic Orange and Yellow Snake
Plastic Orange Snake with Yellow Bands 
at Tapir and Friends Animal Store

Customers have told us that the best things they ever found to keep birds and other animals away from their swimming pools are fake plastic snakes. These coiled toy snakes might be just the ticket to keep summer pests away. The colors are eye-catching, and the built-in coils allow you to wrap the snakes around bushes or trees in your yard. Our plastic snakes come in a variety of colors and are 40 inches long, although they will not stay stretched out, but will return to a coiled position or wrap nicely around a post or landscaping. Our plastic snakes are very flexible and are fairly realistic looking except for the rather bright colors. If I were a bird, I don't think I would take any chances!

Toy Green Snake

Toy Cream and Orange-Colored Snake

Coiled Yellow Snake Toy

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Plastic Squirt Toys for Summer Fun!

Small Plastic Squirting Pufferfish Toy

Now that summer's here, it's time for fun in the sun! Whether you're in the swimming pool, the ocean, or the bathtub, our plastic squirting pufferfish and day-glo goldfish are the perfect summertime accessories!  Order yours while supplies last!

Toy Squirting Goldfish
Squirting Goldfish Toy at Tapir and Friends Animal Store

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Beguiling Blue Plush Stingray Ready for Your Summer Vacation!


Our beautiful  blue stuffed stingray may be just the toy to take on your summer vacation or play with around the house imagining a trip to the ocean. Its mottled blue color not only is attractive, but also reminds you of the light playing through the water on the back of a real stingray. This cuddly toy would like to become your new best friend!

Our stingray measures 23 inches long from nose to tail, and is19 inches wide across the wings. Come see our enhanting blue plush stingray!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Plush Bookworm Perfect for Rainy Weekends

Stuffed plush yellow bookworm toy 18 inches tall with funny-looking white teeth made of soft felt

Astoria is cloudy and overcast today. The wind brings news of coming rain, but we don't mind. Let the wind howl and the rain pour! We have books to read and a wonderful plush bookworm to keep us company! Sounds like a perfect weekend to us. If you'd like to order your own bookworm to snuggle up with, please click here

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fun with Komodos (and Frogs and Baby Tapirs)!


Here at TPF, we take conservation very seriously, but, as you can see, we also love to have fun. Thanks to the incredible creativity and talent of our dear friend, Kate Joshi, our store mascots, Karl Komodo, Felipe Frog, and Tildy Tapir now possess some very regal attire. Karl is obviously quite delighted with his new duds. Although Felipe may look a little disgruntled, we think they all look fantastic. We had a great deal of fun with this fashion shoot. Thanks, Kate, for making it possible! If you'd like a closer look at the photos, just click on the image and it will enlarge.

Karl, Felipe, and Tildy Mug for the Camera

Poor Felipe Looks a Little Overwhelmed by All His Finery

Life at Tapir and Friends Animal Store is Never Dull!


If you'd be interested in purchasing a Karl or Tildy of your own, please follow the links (sadly, clothes are not included). Felipe is no longer for sale, but many of his brethren can be found here.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Our Plastic Flying Seagulls Return Thursday!

Plastic Flying Seagull
Plastic Flying Seagull
These guys have been flying off our shelves this summer. We recently ran out of stock, but more seagulls will be swooping into the store this Thursday! If you need to recreate the Hitchcock movie in your living room or are just looking for some seashore decor, our seagulls are now available for preorder and will be shipping out again on Friday. You can order yours today by clicking on the photo above or by following this link.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Two Popular Toy Octopuses Available for Pre-order



These two toy octopuses are among the most popular items we have ever had in our store. Unfortunately, due to manufacturing slowdowns in China, both have been out of stock for way too long. We now have an ETA of July on one octopus and August on the other. Please click on the octopus of your choice to read more and PLACE YOUR PRE-ORDER. Once this shipment is sold (and I don't expect it to take very long)  they will both be out of stock again until… we don't know when. We know you will be happy with your octopus, whichever you choose!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Discount Pricing on Small Plastic Animals from the Ocean and Seashore


Discount pricing while quantities last on these fun and colorful animals and plants. Decorate a cake for summer, add small animals to the top of cupcakes for birthday parties and summer events. Priced just right so you can buy more for your summer projects. Click here.





Add plastic animals to your summer fun!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Megalodon Extinct Shark: "Big Tooth" also has a Big Mouth



We've been adding more and more text and interesting images to our website to make it not only a store, but a place of learning about nature, both living and extinct. Check out the new additions to our Megalodon page!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cheap Plastic Orcas

Available at

While our overstock lasts, this cute little 2 5/8 inch orca (killer whale) toy is on sale at Tapir and Friends Animal Store for $.30 each. The only catch is, you need to buy at least eight of them at a time. The good part is, that will only cost $2.40 and you will have a whole pod of orcas for a school project diorama, cake decorating, cupcake toppers, toys, or however you would like to use this plastic orca. Have fun!

While you're at it, check out our other discount and bulk plastic animals. We have very reasonable minimum orders. For instance, on the orca you can buy eight only, so your cost is only $2.40 plus shipping. What a deal!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

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