1 Gold Mine Rd., Flanders, NJ 07836

Dominic Rizzo – Owner

Dominic Rizzo
Dominic Rizzo, the founder and owner of Rizzo’s Wildlife World has loved animals and the environment since he was a child. His lifelong passion for wildlife has educated and entertained thousands of children (and adults!) throughout the tri-state area. The success of Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery, LLC that he originally founded with his wife, Shannon, was the inspiration to dream even bigger and expand their business to include Rizzo’s Wildlife World. Dominic is a herpetoculturalist who has spent a number of years involved in research studies and volunteer programs in New Jersey. He continues to encourage the younger generation to explore and learn about wildlife through the creation of Rizzo’s Wildlife World.

Dominic’s Experience

Dominic is a herpetoculturalist who has spent decades years involved in research studies and volunteer programs in NJ.

  • NJ DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife: Herp Atlas Program:
  • Surveyed and gathered information regarding reptiles and amphibian populations
  • NJ State Organized Vernal Pond Project:
    • Assisted in documenting vernal pools
    • Surveyed for existing wildlife dependent on vernal pools
  • Assistant to Senior Zoologist:
    • Surveyed threatened and endangered species
    • Constructed fencing in cooperation with NJ agricultural farmers to survey the endangered bog turtle
  • NJ DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife: Endangered & Nongame Species Program – Member
  • Wildlife Conservation Corps – Member
  • Boy Scout Clean Up in Mt. Olive, NJ – Volunteer
  • Dominic has presented at the following venues:
    • Upper Delaware Wildlife Heritage Festival
    • Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center
    • Morris Museum
    • Sussex County Fair – Lead reptile presenter since 2004
    • Super Pet Expo – Lead reptile presenter since 2003
    • Herpetological judge for Chester 4-H