The Reptile Guy and friends to present program in Wallowa

<p>Corbin Maxey, The reptile guy poses with his friend, Scooter, the Iguana</p>

Corbin Maxey, known as “The Reptile Guy,” will bring along eight or so of his reptile friends to a program scheduled in Wallowa at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in the Beth Johnson Room at Wallowa Elementary School. Admission is free.

Corbin, 22, is a nationally known animal expert, specializing in reptiles. He has made numerous appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Today Show,” and various other national and local television programs.

For over a decade, Corbin and his reptile friends have been visiting schools, libraries, zoos, aquariums, and private events sharing his love of animals while promoting the respect and appreciation of all nature.

Corbin has been surrounded by wildlife for as long as he can remember. He spent the majority of his childhood in the mountains of southern Idaho where he spent his days observing snakes, lizards, frogs and toads. He even developed an exotic animal collection, which included his first lizard named “Booger!” Corbin’s passion for all animals influenced his decision to commit his life to them.

At the early age of 12, Corbin founded Cyprus Hill Reptile Reserve, a non-profit organization located in Meridian, Idaho dedicated to reptile rescue, conservation, and education. To this day, Corbin has found homes for hundreds of homeless, abused, and neglected reptiles and amphibians.

At the age of 14, Corbin wrote, produced, and starred in “Reptile Rampage,” a weekly live performance at a local accredited zoo featuring “Shere Khan” an Albino Burmese Python, “Soni” the alligator, “Tinkerbelle” the tortoise, and “Scooter” the iguana. The program in Wallowa is made possible by donations from Friends of Wallowa Public Library and Wallowa Community Resale Store.

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