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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Black Plastic Scorpions for Halloween? On Sale, Too.


If you need plastic scorpions for your Halloween decor, look no further. At 7 inches long and looking very realistic, this may be the final touch of creepiness you need for your haunted house. We've just lowered the price, so get them while they're hot! They are listed in our Halloween Category, so that's an automatic 15% off this month! Order 10 or more and you get free shipping in the US. What a sweet Haklloween deal!


This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Plastc Whale in Our Store


We love our new plastic whale! It looks so lifelike and its details so realistic, it makes you want to learn more about these wonderful gigantic creatures that swim through the oceans of the world. The sperm whale is recognizable by it's giant square head and very narrow lower jaw. Its jaw has lots of two-pound teeth that seem to be more useful for fighting than eating. This whale is legendary for its squabbles with giant squid and other deep-sea creatures, but the plastic sperm whale in our store is nothing but friendly. Take him or her home and see if it will whisper in your ear stories from the deep! If nothing else, it may inspire you to learn more about real sperm whales, these huge and vulnerable marine animals long hunted for their oil, called spermaceti, used in products such as candles and cosmetics.




This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Plastic Fruit Bats


Only at Tapir and Friends can you find a fruit bat burrito! Look at all those cute little faces. While we take conservation very seriously, we also love to have fun at work. Occasionally that means piles of octopi and fruit bat burritos. TPF is a good place to work. 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Plastic Frogs and Newts

Our Lovely Plastic Tomato Frog at Tapir and Friends

Bubble, bubble toil and trouble! If you're looking for eye of newt or slime of toad for a witchy stew, we can't help you. We like our newts and toads creeping and hopping. But if you'd like to add a few amphibians to your Halloween decor, we've definitely got your covered! Ribbit! 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Realistic Plastic Tasmanian Devil New in Our Store!

Realistic 3-inch Tasmanian Devil Toy or Replica
Plastic Tasmanian Devil NEW at
Tapir and Friends Animal Store

Look, look! Our new plastic Tasmanian devil replica from CollectA has the most realistic details! At 3 inches from  nose to tail, it will fit nicely in your Tasmanian or Australian habitat diorama. Of course it also makes a wonderful educational toy since it's made of durable plastic. Its details are museum quality, which also makes it perfect for collectors of wild animal figurines. We love our new Taz, and so will you!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Newsletters and Discount Codes!


Yesterday, we told you about our October sale; today, we want to let you know about our newsletterwhich gives you opportunities to save year-round. Each newsletter comes with a coupon code at the bottom and has interesting tidbits about life at Tapir and Friends, new products, and fundraising updates. If you'd like to subscribe, please go to our main page, scroll down to the bottom, and sign up for our newsletter and save! Thanks!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Special October Sale! 15% Off Octopus, Halloween, or Skeleton and Skull Categories!! Woo Hoo!!


We are having a special sale this month. It's making everyone so happy that even the skeletons are dancing for joy. This month, you will receive an automatic 15% discount when you buy anything from our Octopus, Halloween, or Skeleton and Skull categories. Pop on over to the store and save on fun and educational plastic animals, stuffed animals, animal keychains, pins, and more!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Olive Octopus Stuffed Animal

Olive Octopus at Tapir and Friends Animal Store

Named after Olive, an octopus befriended in a popular Seattle diving spot, our Olive wants to befriend you! At 36 inches long, Olive is extremely cuddly and would make the perfect autumn reading or sleeping companion for your little ones (or you! We won't tell). She is one of the sweetest residents in our store. Please visit Olive in our wonderful octopus section today!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Whimsical Keychains


Our beaded keychains from Guatemala are fun, whimsical, and practical! Can't beat that combination! Whether you're looking for monkeys, melons, or mermaids, you won't be disappointed with our large selection. These keychains are well-made, sturdy, and make wonderful gifts or mementos. 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Plastic Skeletons for Halloween or Education


The thigh bone's connected to the knee bone; the knee bone's connected to the shin bone...and we try not to think about it too much otherwise we start imagine our skeleton moving around inside our skin and get freaked out (or maybe that's just me). With the school year now in full swing and Halloween right around the corner, our skeleton and skull section is a great place to visit this time of year. Whether you're looking for tools for learning or spooky decor, we've got you covered! 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Plastic Poseidon Toy


With our location built on pilings above the Columbia River right before it meets and marries the mighty Pacific (often with wild and boisterous rapture), Tapir and Friends is quite literally hovering over Poseidon's domain. So it seems appropriate that we should carry a version of this powerful sea god in our store. Crossing the bar can be a serious challenge, so it's good to have some awesome bar pilots in town. But crossing in bad weather is dangerous enough that saying a prayer to Poseidon might not go astray either. 

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Midnight Moon Plastic Dragon Replica


The midnight moon dragon (Draconem regium), also known as the regent dragon because of its regally colored purple scales, is a creature of shadows. During the Middle Ages, regent dragons were drawn to the majesty of the towering cathedrals of Paris, Chartes, and Salisbury. They liked to slither and snake around the spires and make their homes in crypts and catacombs where they curled up with decaying archbishops and queens. Mostly they were quiet and unobtrusive, but they hated to be disturbed and occasionally, a stray priest or acolyte would be eaten or burnt beyond recognition. Although it's a fact buried in the bowels of history, one of the main reason gargoyles began to festoon cathedrals was to keep the dragons out. 

In 1203, Sister Elisabeth of Rievaulx came across a wounded regent dragon in the crypt at Chartes. Having an affinity for all wild beasts, she nursed it back to health in secret. Dragons, while infinitely deadly, also have a strong sense of allegiance and loyalty. If you help one, they will protect you to their dying breath. This dragon was no exception, and because of their newly forged friendship, Elisabeth was able to convince all the dragons to relocate to caves in the French countryside. She and a few sisters accompanied them and became the Holy Order of Dragons. Unfortunately, the order was not sanctioned by the church and died out when Elisabeth died. Her legend survives only in folk tales and late-night fireside stories. But the dragons live on. Whenever you see movement out of the corner of your eye, but turn to see nothing, you've probably spotted a midnight moon dragon. And if you like dragons, be sure to check out our wonderful horde!

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

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.

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