Monday, September 29, 2014

Plastic Extinct Sea Life


If you have a fear of great whites, or guillotines, be very grateful you didn't live in the Late Devonian period. That's when Dunkleosteus roamed the world's waters in search of prey. At 33 feet long (10 m) and weighing in at a whopping 3.6 tons, Dunkleosteus could pretty much eat anything it liked. Instead of teeth, it possessed two bony blades that it used to slice prey in half, making it the animal predecessor to the guillotine. Makes great whites look like pussy cats. Almost. But Dunkleosteus is only one of many fascinating (and terrifying) prehistoric sea creatures that we have in stock. Be sure to check out all of them!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Plastic Freshwater Fish


Call us biased (or absolutely correct), but we think everything in our store is fabulous. Even so, sometimes it's hard not to play favorites with some of the items. Our freshwater fish are beautifully detailed and perfect for almost anything you can imagine: school projects, dioramas, as place-settings at weddings or other special events, or as wonderful mementos of special fishing trips. They would make terrific gifts for the fish enthusiasts in your life. After you've finished browsing the freshwater section, be sure to check out all of our fantastic fish

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Murmuration of Starlings

These images of starlings are absolutely fascinating! I'm sorry we don't have any starlings in our store at the moment, but we do care about animals other than the ones we sell :-)


To see the birds we do carry in our store, click here.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Very Popular Poseable Octopus is Back in Stock!!

Pile of Octopi at Tapir and Friends Animal Store

Although it looks like an altar to an erstwhile sea god, it is only a mound of outgoing octopi. Most of the residents of this pile are winging their way to far-flung (and not so far) places around the country and globe. We hope some of them remembered their passports. If you'd like an octopus of your own, we still have 26 in stock. They are extremely popular, so be sure to place your order quickly. Once they're gone, we're not sure when we'll be able to get them back in stock again.

For the word nerds out there who might be wondering, the plural of "octopus" is most generally accepted to be "octopuses." "Octopi" is popular and widely used, but members of the Word Police might argue about its status as an actual word. If you really want to get technical, you can try "octopodes" and see what happens. As for me, I'm going with "octopi."

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cheap Plastic Animals: 4 New Animals in the Discount Section


We've just added four new plastic animals to our very popular Discount and Bulk Category. Cruise on through and see what you can find! And, we are still offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of a ridiculously low amount. As of today, you qualify for automatic free shipping on orders of $25 in the US and $75 everywhere else. Come visit!





This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Plastic Angler Fish...From Your Nightmares!

Plastic Angler Fish Toy from Tapir and Friends Animal Store

Straight from some crazy, Tim Burton-esque nightmare comes our plastic angler fish. These denizens of the deep are truly odd. They use bioluminescence or attractive lures on the tops of their heads to attract prey into their gaping maws of death, and their mating ritual involves the tiny male permanently attaching itself to the much larger female and allowing its body to atrophy. But their weirdness also makes them awesome...to us anyway. Anglers aren't the only strange creatures at the bottom of the sea; be sure to check out all our wild and wonderful deep sea dwellers today.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

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!

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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.

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