The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 4, 2014

A boyhood dream

Permit me to make a correction in your story about The Stone Shop about to open along Route 15 in Winfield. Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland was never located there. It is true that Reptiland was located just south of Winfield; however the owner of that attraction was Jim Travis, now deceased, from Austin, Texas.

Mr. Travis opened Reptiland in 1953 and closed it in 1963. Working there as a guide for several years in the late 1950s, I was there when Clyde Peeling came to Reptiland as a guide in 1959 at the age of 16. Upon graduating from high school, Clyde entered the Air Force. Returning from his Air Force service in 1964, he started Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland on its present location at Allenwood.

Privileged to have witnessed the development of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, I have to say Clyde has built an exhibit far and above what we offered at the original Reptiland at Winfield. It has become a nationally accredited zoo; Clyde has appeared on national television numerous times, has lectured in schools across the country, and has conducted many tours of such places as the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon basin.

This year Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland will be observing the 50th anniversary of its establishment. This achievement represents the fulfillment of a boyhood dream.

Dahle D. Bingaman,


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