Store of the Month – March 2021
2730 Brookdale Dr
Kingwood, TX 77339
Online Shop: https://www.animalarkonline.com/products/list/
|Monday:||9:00am – 9:00pm|
|Tuesday:||9:00am – 9:00pm|
|Wednesday:||9:00am – 9:00pm|
|Thursday:||9:00am – 9:00pm|
|Friday:||9:00am – 9:00pm|
|Saturday:||9:00am – 9:00pm|
|Sunday:||12:00pm – 6:00pm|
Store Owner: Kevin Wilyerd
General Manager: Trey Campbell
Record cold temperatures and state-wide power outages put Texas in a state of emergency last month. But Animal Ark in Kingwood, TX (right outside of Houston) chose customers over comfort, by staying open despite no internet or phone service.
More evidence of their commitment to customers is seen in the plethora of store and community events they host. They regularly organize birthday parties, boy scouts and girl scouts tours and animal encounters, and help with job development programs for those with special needs. They currently have a volunteer program for students that provides them with school credits while fueling their animal passion. But their most favorite event to coordinate is “Save the Snake”, which shows off various snake and lizard species to anyone in local community interested in attending. Their goal is to demonstrate these animals aren’t as scary as popular culture makes them out to be.
Animal Ark wasn’t as glamourous as it is now when it first opened. Owner Kevin Wilyerd stumbled upon a poorly managed store in 1999 and, as an entrepreneurial spirit, saw an opportunity to take the store under his wing. He revamped it to create a space where reptile, amphibian, fish, bird, and small animal enthusiasts could find the tools and knowledge they need to keep their hobby afloat.
Owner Kevin Wilyerd, and General Manager Trey Campbell both grew up immersed in the outdoors and had never ending reptile enthusiasm. Now Kevin has found a particular soft spot in his heart for arachnids and milk snakes, while Trey is fascinated by Mossy Leaf Tail Geckos and other Uroplatus Geckos.
Kevin and Trey are passionate about sharing their reptile enthusiasm with as many as possible, so they are excited by their recent move to make their products available in an online store too.
This website makes it so not just locals, but all reptile lovers can easily access the quality and care Animal Ark provides.