Friday, April 11, 2014

Come See the Dinosaurs


The big news is our BRAND-NEW STORE! Although the store has been up and running for a couple of months now, we are still improving the organization and adding new products every day.

I've been working on the text for our Prehistoric Life section and the other day I got as far as the Jurassic Period. After writing the text, I realized that our dinosaurs still needed to be broken down into their categories according to the geologic timescale. I took a break from writing and organized our dinosaurs. You'll now find them happily living in their correct categories: Jurassic, and Cretaceous.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Lion and Dino - Upside and Downside


One of the benefits of working at Tapir and Friends is that my office gets to look like this. Unfortunately we don't carry these products, though. The cardboard cutout lion was found at a garage sale, and the inflatable T-rex was on my list of things to order for the store when I discovered that the manufacturer was selling them to my potential customers online for the same price I would have to pay for them. It's all part of our changing world. The lines between wholesale and retail have become permanently skewed. Navigating between the Scylla and Charybdis of China and a diminished customer base has become part of any online retailer's daily routine. I'm glad I get a chance to live with such endearing office-mates, though. It helps.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Three Plastic Realistic Tapir Replicas

Three plastic tapir replicas available online at

One of our customers asked for a size comparison of our three very realistic tapir replicas. Although they look like a happy family with mom, dad, and baby, there are two different species here. The baby and the tapir on the left are Baird's tapirs from Central America and the tapir on the right is an Asian (Malayan) tapir. The Baird's tapirs are made by CollectA, and the Asian tapir is by Safari, Ltd. The saize ratios of the adults are fairly accurate as well, with the Malayan tapir being larger than the Baird's. You can find all three in our online store.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Malayan Tapir Plastic Replica

Malayan Tapir Plastic Replica
Made by Safari, Ltd. and found online at:

Back in our store today and lookin' good!


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Mammoth Bones Fly to the Rescue!

Woolly Mammoth Fossil Skeleton Model
Available at Tapir and Friends Animal Store

We try to run a perfect business, but we're all human, and it just doesn't happen. When Susan received her plastic models of extinct animal bones in the mail, something was missing. One half of the mammoth's rib cage was gone! She kindly offered to ship it back, but as usual, we told her to keep it. Instead, we sent a whole new mammoth the same day and Susan wrote us this nice email:

I received the new one and it's all there!! Thank you for everything, and the super fast shipping.

Thanks again, 
Susan

We love getting your happy e-mails. Thanks, Susan!

For more customer comments click here.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Plastic Striped Hyena Replica

Purchase this beautiful striped hyena replica online at
Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

We have carried spotted hyenas in our store before, but this is the first STRIPED hyena. We now have a replica of each type.

Come visit our store to see our beautiful hyena replicas and hand-made hyena jewelry!


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Realistic Plastic Sheep



Our Plastic Suffolk Sheep


This lifelike hard plastic Suffolk sheep toy is well-made and quite realistic in its mottled grey-brown color and detailed wool. Well proportioned, 3 1/2 inches long, 2 1/2 inches tall, our Suffolk sheep ewe will fit nicely into a farm animal diorama or nativity scene. Give our little fellow a name. This is certainly a proud-looking animal! This realistic sheep may be useful for a school project or as a party favor or novelty item. Many people love using our plastic animals as cake decorations for extra fun birthday cakes, wedding cakes, or other festive occasions. Check out our other sheep and hoofed animal toys and gifts.

Come visit our store and find out more about this magnificent plastic sheep!



This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Endangered Oryx Replica

This lifelike replica of the elegant scimitar-horned oryx
is now available online at


Come visit or store to learn more about this beautiful antelope replica!


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Beautiful Realistic Mom and Baby Baird's Tapir Plastic Replicas


Mom and baby tapir figurines now available online at

Come visit our store to learn more about these beautiful, lifelike replicas and about Baird's tapirs!


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Realistic Bearded Dragon Plastic Replica

You can buy this amazing plastic bearded dragon replica at
We ship anywhere!


Isn't he beautiful? He looks so real!

Our Plastic Bearded Dragon Lizard


This slightly flexible plastic bearded dragon lizard replica has a rough scaly appearance and is so realistic in its sand tan color. Wonderfully proportioned, it is 5 inches long and 1 1/2 inches tall. It will fit nicely into dioramas about places with warm climates such as those found in Australia, South Sea Islands, deserts, semi-deserts, and savannas Our bearded dragon may be useful for a school project, as part of an educational display or as a novelty item. Check out our other lizard and reptile or amphibian toys and gifts, as well as our elaborate collection of Australian animals.


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lonesome George Replica Comes to Our Store

You can purchase this beautiful Galapagos tortoise replica

We are very excited! Tomorrow we will receive about a dozen brand new beautiful plastic animals from CollectA. They are some of the industry's very finest realistic animal replicas ever! Lonesome George (pictured above) is one of them. Check him out below and stay tuned for more!

Our Realistic Galapagos Tortoise


This realistic Galapagos tortoise toy looks like it has just pulled its head out of his shell and is sniffing the air. The shell (carapace and plastron) is only slightly flexible but still firm. It is wonderfully proportioned, 3 1/4 inches long and 2 1/4. The head and neck do not move nor do its legs or tail. Our beautiful plastic Galapagos tortoise will fit nicely into reports about the Galapagos Island or about endangered and extinct species. Our Galapagos tortoise model may be useful for many other school projects, as part of an educational display, or as a novelty item. Check out our other tortoise and reptile or amphibian toys and gifts, as well as our excellent collection of other Galapagos Island animals.

Come visit our web site to read the story of Lonesome George and learn more about Galapagos tortoises.


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Who needs a pink dinosaur puzzle?

Buy this Styracosaurus dinosaur 3-D interlocking 
plastic puzzle at
 Tapir and Friends Animal Store


Who needs a pink dinosaur puzzle? Maybe you or maybe me. Or maybe you know someone who just loves PINK and also loves dinosaurs! Could this pink dinosaur be the perfect gift?

Our Styracosaurus 3D Puzzle


The details on this 3-D puzzle animal toy add another dimension, so you could say it is 4-D (3-D + details)! It is certainly one of the more detailed we have seen, making it an interesting replica as well as a fun toy for adults and children above the age of 3. This delightful dinosaur model measures 4 inches from nose to tail and 2 inches tall. It comes assembled. The pieces are cleverly fitted, flexible, and not too difficult to assemble. When complete, this highly-detailed dinosaur stands nicely on its own for display on your shelf, TV, computer monitor, etc. Check out our other 3-D Puzzle Animals, as well as our other dinosaur toys.

About Styracosaurus


Dinosaurs represent the dominant terrestrial lifeforms on planet Earth for 135 million years, from the beginning of the Jurassic period through the end of the Cretaceous period approximately 65 million years ago. While no human ever lived during the age of dinosaurs, modern palentologists have learned much studying the fossilized remains of these magnificent creatures.

Not to be confused with its famous cousin the triceratops, Styracosaurus was a herbivorous dinosaur that lived approximately 75 - 76 million years ago. Styracosaurus was around 18 feet long and weighed as much as 5,000 pounds. Its most distinctive feature is a head-frill of bone laces with long horns, as well as horns protruding from its large head.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Giant Stuffed Octopus Back in Stock



Olive's one of our most sought-after items!!

About Olive the Octopus


Olive was an extremely friendly Giant Pacific octopus who lived in Elliot Bay in the Puget Sound of Washington state where she touched the lives of many divers. "Olive united the northwest diving community in a way that nothing else ever has. . . ." - Chris Jacobsen, a northwest diver. This sentiment is echoed by divers from all over the world. Our thanks to James "Sparky" Cutchall for suggesting this memorial.

This stuffed giant octopus is so lifelike and huggable, you'll love it at first sight! The length of 36 inches is measured from back of the body to the end of its curled tentacles. The soft plush tentacles are stitched in such a way that they bend and curl, making this octopus one of the most life-like stuffed octopi we've ever seen. Note that it even has "ears." The octopus is stuffed in a soft and yet sturdy manner that makes it extremely huggable for both grown-ups and kids.

One of this octopus's most outstanding features is its bright orange eyes! The center of the plastic eye is black, and the "whites" of the eye are orange. We included a photo (above) showing the face with the bright eye, defined eyelids, and the perky little ears. See a real octopus's eyes here. You'll have to scroll down the page to find the octopus, as the page starts with insect eyes.

Your plush giant octopus comes with a tag that says, "Octopus: The 'eight-armed' creature of the deep, the octopus is considered one of the smarter members of the undersea world. The body of the octopus is remarkable in the way it can change color and pattern to camouflage itself or threaten enemies. [Note: The tag refers to living octopi, not the stuffed ones!] The shape of the body is amazing as well in that octopi can alter their body shapes so they look like long thin sea fish. Eight arms are not used for movement since the octopus uses a water fueled jet system to propel itself through the briny sea depths."

What a fascinating creature! This one has been carefully designed to imitate the real thing and yet be a cuddly friend for you or someone you love. To see a list of our entire inventory of stuffed animals, beanies and puppets, check out our Stuffed Animals Page. Also come see our wonderful assortment of octopus toys and gifts.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Unusual Hand-cast, Hand-painted Parrot Lapel Pin

Yellow-headed Amazon parrot pin 
available from Tapir and Friends - $27.99

I can't believe the detail. Don't those green feathers almost look real? This parrot pin was hand-cast in pewter and painted with great care in Washington, USA. We carry other colors and more parrot species, too.

We sell animal-themed gifts to raise funds for TAPIR conservation.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR ONLINE STORE!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Hand-carved Bloodwood Turtle from Colombia

Hand-carved palo de sangre turtle from Colombia
See our whole selection at Tapir and Friends Animal Store
Around $30-$35

Palo de sangre is the Spanish name for this rich, red wood which is popular for making cultural handcrafts and art in South America. The English translation is "bloodwood." It is the heartwood of the trees Brosimum paraense and Brosimum rubescens.

We sell animal-themed gifts to raise funds for TAPIR conservation.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR ONLINE STORE!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Elegant Lariat Necklace: Greens with Bronze

Bronze aceite lariat necklace from Tapir and Friends - $59.99

You will look elegant while showing off your love of nature this hand-made cascade of with light green, dark green and bronze "aceite" leaves. Perfect for Spring & Summer. Czech glass seed beads and green crystals. Draped necklace, no closure; very easy to wear and never falls off. Comes in many color combinations!

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We sell animal-themed gifts to raise funds for TAPIR conservation.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR ONLINE STORE!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Red Plastic Octopus


Another red thing is back in stock after being AWOL for quite some time. It's our cute little RED OCTOPUS, and you can visit him/her here, scuttling around with its long-lost friends.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

He's Baaaaaaaaack!


After a brief hiatus (doing what, we aren't sure) our popular red and black plastic crayfish is back on the job, ready to entertain your friends at a crawdad bake, or whatever you have planned.


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, February 15, 2013

This Spider Went to Sweden


Eric sent a photo of our super-realistic redknee tarantula in its new home in Sweden. He said:

"Thanks for the spider! Here she is in her natural habitat :) Greetings from Sweden /E"

Yikes! Is a human skull part of the spider's natural habitat? It certainly could be, and it looks pretty cool here in its terrarium habitat. Below is a close-up of our beautiful plastic toy tarantula! She looks real, and she makes a very easy-to-care-for pet, as you can see above. Can you think of interesting ways to use this spider?


The Mexican redknee tarantula (Brachypelma smithi) is a large terrestrial spider located along the western faces of the Mexican mountain ranges Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre del Sur. They live in self-dug burrows where they can avoid predators and ambush prey. Like most tarantulas, the Mexican redknee with kick course, irritating hairs off its abdomen and rear legs if frightened or surprised, rather than biting. The Mexican redknee is only slightly venomous to humans.

If you'd like, you can buy this spider replica in our store.

Eric sent another photo (thank you!). This time Lady Tarantula is emerging from her cave. I can't believe how real she looks! Can you see her?


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

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