Animal Encounters


Covid-19 Update April 2021

As Covid restrictions start to ease I’m pleased to announce that in-person Animal Encounters have resumed!

Adhering to all health and safety guidelines including testing myself twice weekly.

More information on current restrictions can be found here.

Virtual Animal Encounters are still available!

Look forward to hearing from you!
Chris 🤠

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

Giving 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 licence my animal’s welfare, environment and records are regularly inspected, giving you peace of mind that my animals are cared for to the highest standards.

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

Animal Encounter Birthday Parties 

Preschool, School and College Visits

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 their habitats.

An animal encounter gives you the opportunity to get up-close and interact with a diverse selection of wonderful animals.

All of my animals are captive-bred, not taken from the wild so are comfortable with human interaction.

I provide Animal Encounters in many settings, some include:

  • Schools & Colleges, where I include the curriculum in a variety of areas.
  • Birthday Parties
  • SEND Schools & Respite
  • County & Village Shows
  • Care Homes
  • Photography Clubs
  • Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and Scout 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 subscription to the Update Service.
Copies of these certificates and other documentation, including Risk Assessments can be provided.

Animal welfare and public safety is a top priority.


Every measure is taken to avoid accidents, but I hold full public liability insurance at the maximum £10 million indemnity.

Only trustworthy and suitable animals are brought to encounters, but do keep in mind that any animal can be unpredictable.  None of the animals pose risk of serious injury.

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

Travel will be charged outside of the Torquay area.

For prices and to book your Animal Encounter use the Contact form or call 07794466271

Look forward to hearing from you!