Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We Needed an Aardvark

Buy this toy aardvark at Tapir and Friends

It's been awhile since Tapir and Friends had a plastic aardvark figurine. We used to have several, and they were all discontinued. Aardvarks are such interesting and unusual animals that they are always popular with our customers, so when we got a request recently, we did a little research and found that a new one had been produced by Safari, Ltd. We love its realism, and at 5 inches long, it can easily serve as a toy, a cake topper, a unique gift, or become part of a diorama on South African wildlife. Aardvarks use their strong claws and feet to burrow into the earth looking for ants and termites and for digging holes to live in. Their name in Afrikaans means "earth pig," which I've always thought was pretty cool :-)  

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Plastic Crab for Summer Parties


Everybody loves sea life for summer parties and decorating. Our red-orange crab with the chevron stripes is back in stock and ready to ship! Take a look!


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Amebelodon Magic: A Custom-made Herd of Bizarre Extinct Animals


We make custom animals!

(Even ones as strange as Amebelodon)

Some might call it an Amebelodon nightmare, but we think it's pretty darn cool. This herd of small resin Amebelodons created by wildlife artist Sergio Sandoval is part of a project we put together for The Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby, Kansas. They needed replicas to sell in their store when their Amebelodon fossil jaw bone went on display. The bad news was that they couldn't find any. The good news was that we could make them.


Amebelodons were very weird looking extinct members of the elephant family. They were proboscideans called gomphotheres. You can see why they earned the nickname "shovel-tuskers." 


Even from the back, these animals look pretty unreal. So, how did Sergio make them?


He started by researching online. It seems there are quite a few ways these creatures have been portrayed (check out the image page on Google), and actually, who knows what the fleshy parts such as the end of the trunk really looked like?


So Sergio began to study the anatomy by making drawings . . .


. . . and clay models . . .


. . . and comparing the extinct animals with modern elephants . . .


. . . and probably dreaming about them as well.


The proportions kept getting better . . .


. . . until a miniature Amebelodon sculpture stood in his studio.


Next, the model had to be baked and several hundred pieces had to be cast.


As the paint went on, they started to look real.


Final colors were chosen. Amebelodons are often depicted in their North American Miocene settings standing on dry grass. You would have to time-travel about 9 million years back in prehistory to see one, so we are thrilled to have been able to bring some of that reality to museum visitors.


But the work was not over. Painting the entire herd would still be a long process!

Soon you will be able to find this delightful four-inch Amabelodon sculpture in our store. Meanwhile, enjoy the amazing animal replicas we have for you every day, and if you need an animal made to order, please call Sheryl at (503) 338-8646 or e-mail oregontapir@yahoo.com.


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fast Shipping to Australia


Two of our favorite summer fun plastic animals made it to Australia quickly, eliciting this very nice e-mail from one happy customer:

Hi Tapir,

Thank you for your very efficient service! The package you posted on 10th June was delivered to me (in Australia) today, the 18th June!!

Many thanks.

RPM

Wow! We can't guarantee arrival that fast to every country every time, but we do our best to make the experience as seamless and pleasant as we can. We ahip quickly, and the arrival time depends on the speed of the mail and how fast it goes through customs in your country. We do everything we can on our end to streamline the process, because we love our overseas customers and hope you will keep coming back!




This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Happy Customers: Corrine

European Rabbit Figurine

It's always wonderful to have people remind us why we do what we do. This e-mail from Corrine did just that. The reference to choosing something else is because Corrine's daughter REALLY wanted a plastic wombat that was, sadly, discontinued. The rabbit above was part of a previous order that now lives happily in their home. Corinne wrote:


Hi Sheryl:

All your products are wonderful!
We’ll just choose some different ones.
We love going to your website.

We’re happy customers and it’s obvious you care for your customers.
Thanks for being a place where children can buy clean, happy toys! 


Thank you, Corrine! Your letter made me smile!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Need a colorful plastic bird for your Galapagos diorama?

 Plastic Frigatebird

Something of a bully, a frigatebird is a kleptoparasite and steals food from other birds (we really only told you that because we wanted to use the word "kleptoparasite" in a sentence). The odds for other seabirds are evened somewhat by the fact that pirate birds waddle when they walk, don't swim, and are incapable of achieving lift-off from a flat surface. They can, however, stay in the air for a week. Pretty amazing. 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Beautiful Sea Turtle Pin Back in Stock


Our delightful, realistic sea turtle hand-made painted pin is back in stock and ready to swim home with you! Have you ever snorkled with sea turtles? They are amazing creatures, ancient, placid, and calm. Anyone who has had the experience of being close to one would probably love to have one of these keepsake durable pins as a reminder of the experience!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Popular Stuffed Woolly Mammoth, Affordable Price


One of our favorite animals is back in stock at Tapir and Friends Animal Store! This stuffed mammoth has been a favorite during the Christmas season for several years now. Its affordable price is one of the reasons. You can see the other reasons for yourself. Come on over and take one home in time for Santa's arrival!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Cute Animal Caribiner Flashlights are Back in Stock


Our adorable and very useful animal caribiner flashlights are back in stock just in time for Christmas! We have frogs, toucans, bears, lizards, and dinosaurs, alligators, dolphins, and a great white shark. Order now! We will ship the same day if you place your order before 4 p.m. Pacific time on a weekday.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Puzzles for Christmas!


Our 3D interlocking plastic animal puzzles make great stocking stuffers or small, affordable gifts this year. We are still shipping in time for Christmas in the US and POSSIBLY overseas. We have several express options in our shopping cart! Check out our full selection!




This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lion Beaded Keychain


You can buy this delightful gold-colored African lion beaded keychain online at Tapir and Friends Animal Store! We ship every day except weekends and holidays. Wouldn't this lion make a great stocking stuffer or "office exchange gift under $10.00"? Made of luscious gold-colored glass seed beads and attached to a shiny gold keychain, this lion will warm someone's heart!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NEW! Shop Right on Our Facebook Page!

Shop in Our Facebook Store!

Brand new! You can now shop in our store without ever leaving Facebook! Our entire store is online and fully functional. If you love using Facebook and would rather not leave the site, no problem! From our Tapir and Friends FB page, just click the shopping link below our banner, choose your favorite realistic toy animals, animal replicas, and unique, hand-made animal lapel pins and keychains, and check out in one easy process. Enjoy our store and know that your purchase helps us protect endangered tapir species!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Four New Tapir T-shirts Designed by Sergio Sandoval


The four tapir species have been depicted in beautiful, colorful paintings by Sergio Sandoval of Colombia. You can also get the designs on mugs, mouse pads, and on a high-quality poster-style wall calendar

We are all about protecting tapirs and their vanishing habitats, and what better way to join the effort than by wearing tapirs to show you care? Most people you meet will ask, "What is that?" so you also get a perfect opportunity to help educate people about these important animals and let people know that tapirs help maintain the health of the rainforests and cloud forests in which they live.

Tapir lovers, these designs will make your day or bring a smile to the face of any tapir fan when you give them as a gift. Each design is purchased separately, but you will probably want to collect all four!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Plastic Dragon Toys and Models

Forest Dragon at Tapir and Friends

We have a wonderful dragon toy and replica selection at Tapir and Friends. They are all finely detailed and made of durable plastic, so they make perfect gifts for collectors and children alike. Check out our dragon selection today! 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Children's Drinking Mugs

Plastic Giraffe Drinking Cup at Tapir and Friends

We have a wonderful selection of children's cups in a wide range of colors. Whether your kids or grandchildren love stately giraffes, cuddly seals, colorful dinosaurs, or friendly crocodiles, we've got what you're looking for!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hand-Painted Flying Turkey Pin


Hand-Painted Flying Turkey Pin at Tapir and Friends

Thanksgiving is coming. People are happy; turkeys are not. This particular turkey is on the wing, hoping to avoid being the star attraction in the 2014 Thanksgiving feast. Did you hear that? He said, "Eat Tofurky!!" I distinctly heard it. Whether or not you take his advice, please do visit our Thanksgiving page and take a gander at our beautiful new turkey pins!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cuddly Stuffed Walrus


At Tapir and Friends, we're lucky to have the best customers in the world. We feel so privileged to be able help such nice people fulfill birthday wishes, school project needs, and more. Now that we have a feedback option on our website, our customers have the opportunity to let us know how we're doing. We're absolutely delighted to get feedback like this recent review of our sweet stuffed walrus: "Softest friend ever!  Bought for my daughter's birthday, so she hasn't seen it yet, but it is the softest, cuddliest friend and I'm sure she will be absolutely enchanted with it! Thank-you for such fast shipping & gentle packaging. We are now big fans of Tapir & Friends!!"

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Plastic Red Squirrel


Go for a walk in the woods right now, and you're very likely to find industrious squirrels gathering supplies for the long, dark winter. If you hear chewing or chirping, watch your head as you pass under the firs and spruces; hulls and other debris may rain down from above. Our adorable red squirrel is munching on an acorn and would make the perfect addition to your fall or Christmas decor. 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beaded Ice Cream Keychain


Are you missing summer already? We're not. We love the rain, but we're weird. If you're already missing the warmth of the summer sun and lazy, strawberry ice cream days, fear not! Summer may be many months away, but you can carry a happy reminder of it in your purse or pocket. Thankfully, it won't melt. We also have very summery watermelons, pineapples, and "fresh" corn, so be sure to check out our beaded keychains today.  

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Plastic Cats


From temple cats to witches' familiars, cats play an important part in the mythologies of cultures around the world. Whether you're looking for black Halloween cats or a friendly calico, be sure to check out our cat selection today!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

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