Animal Encounters


Education, Inspiration, Conservation

Covid 19 Update January 2021

With continued coronavirus restrictions the best way to see and learn about my animals is with a Virtual Animal Encounter.

Normally via Zoom these interactive sessions are a lifeline for us in these difficult times, read more here.

Keep Safe!



As a professional animal keeper I work with many species of fascinating and beautiful animals, some include: Pythons, Boas, Chameleons, Iguanas, Tortoises, Exotic Mammals, Parrots, Toucans, Owls, Creepy Crawlies and Amphibians. There’s always a dog or two around as well!

Allowing me the opportunity to provide the most diverse Animal Encounter experiences in the South West of England!

I’m fully licensed, including the new Animal Activity Licence which became a legal requirement in April 2019, my licence number is MAU 008248.

To obtain this my animal welfare, premises and records are regularly inspected, so you can be sure that my animals are cared for to the highest standards.

Some of our most popular services include, Animal Encounter Birthday Parties And i regularly visit Preschools, Schools and Colleges.


Here are some of my wonderful animals.

I’m deeply passionate about animals and the natural world with a goal to educate and inspire people, not only to the animals in my care but also the conservation of their wild counterparts and habitats.

All of my animals are captive bred and comfortable with human interaction. None have been taken from the wild.

An animal encounter gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with a diverse selection of beautiful animals!

I can provide Animal Encounters in many settings, some include:

  • Schools & colleges, where I can include the curriculum in a variety of areas.
  • Residential and Nursing homes
  • Birthday Parties
  • County & Village Shows
  • Photography Clubs
  • Scouts, Cubs & Brownie Groups

Animal encounters are hosted with me “Chris Johnson”, but occasionally I have assistance.

All staff are very experienced with animal handling and working with all age groups and abilities.

All staff hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate, and a subscription to the DBS Update Service. Copies of these certificates and other documentation, including Risk Assessments can be provided.

Animal welfare and public safety is always a top priority.


Every measure is taken to avoid accidents but I have full Public Liability Insurance at the maximum £10 million indemnity.

Only trustworthy/suitable animals are brought to encounters, but do keep in mind that any animal can be unpredictable.

All animal interaction is under close supervision and if necessary protective equipment is supplied.

Some photos of my enclosures and the high standards of welfare i provide are on the¬†“About”¬†page and on my Facebook page¬†“Animal Encounters with Chris Johnson”.

None of the animals i bring to encounters pose any risk of serious injury.

Outside of the Torquay area travel will be charged at 50p per mile.

Use the Contact form or call 07794466271 to book an Animal Encounter at your event.