Holland man fundraising for permanent reptile exhibit

Ottawa County

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A Holland man hopes to turn his passion for reptiles into a permanent exhibit for West Michigan to enjoy. 

Lalo Salcedo and his family share their home with more than 50 reptiles. He currently travels to birthday parties and schools to teach people about the unique animals, but wants to eventually buy a permanent space. 

He is now looking for community support to help him achieve his goal.

“I want to be a blessing in the community basically, what it all falls down to, and if I have to use the reptiles to get people in, let God’s will be done,” Salcedo told 24 Hour News 8 Sunday afternoon. 

He also wants to use the permanent exhibit as a way to offer resources to people in the area.

“I want to set up computers, so if they need to apply for jobs and don’t have access they can come in and use the computer free of charges,” he explained. “We will have a book library so people can come in and just check out all of my personal books because I own hundreds of books. It’s more than just a reptile exhibit.”

Salcedo teamed up with the Buffalo Wild Wings in Holland for a fundraiser Wednesday. Anyone ordering takeout or visiting the restaurant, located at 2899 West Shore Drive, can mention “reptiles” for 20 percent of the bill to go towards the fundraiser. 

More information about Salcedo’s efforts can be found on his Facebook page.

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