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Amazing Animal Encounters

TONBRIDGE, Kent

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
Amazing Animal Encounters logo
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Amazing Animal Encounters

TONBRIDGE, Kent

(83)
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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Amazing Animal Encounters provide educational static displays, animal handling for education and therapeutic purposes, pet and wildlife help and advice, within 40 miles from our smallholding between Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Tonbridge.

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Lisa Dobson

23 September 2019

Thank you for a lovely Fox one to one experience with Vincent and Mimi. It was a surprise gift for my mum and she loved it. Your knowledge and dedication to all of your animals is admirable. Thank you for taking the time to allow us to visit your home. More...

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Julie Brien

23 September 2019

What a fantastic experience, this was organised by my daughter for me as a surprise! How wonderful to see these mysterious, beautiful creatures up close, feeding them treats was amazing and to witness the wonderful companionship of Vincent, the fox and the staffie was incredible X Thankyou Maria for a lovely afternoon X

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Aby Mason

2 September 2019

Truly wonderful experience meeting and feeding the foxes Vincent and Mimi, and learning lots about them from the lovely Maria (who really knows her stuff and shows so much love for all the animals in her care). Also fab to meet Martha the Tanuki, Bob and Hermione the sheep, Spud the dog plus other assorted dogs too! Maria you’re doing an awesome job, thank you for a great day! More...

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Jane Everest-Brown

29 August 2019

Such an amazing experience and the animals are so clearly loved and well cared for. Highly recommended.

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Rebecca Baxter

21 August 2019

Brilliant experience with foxes then meeting a few other lovelies at the end too thank you!

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Liz Pain

13 August 2019

Amazing experience today with Maria and her wonderful animals. Can’t tell you how fabulous this place is. The animals are all so well cared for and loved. I loved each and every one, but it was particularly wonderful to feed Mimi and Vincent the stunning foxes and to walk with Vincent was such a unique experience and one I shall never forget. I also was privileged to have the most wonderful cuddle from Squirt the loveable skunk and Daisy May the pig/boar - just adorable. Highly recommended for any animal lovers out there. Also learnt such a lot about animal behaviour which was fascinating. More...

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Lurnd Keaney Jnr

2 August 2019

Such a privilege to have spent time with Vincent & Mimi, foxes are beautiful creatures & very intelligent. Our experience here has sealed our love for these gorgeous creatures. Thank you for a lovely time & your wealth of knowledge - and to Vincent, for being the perfect gentleman More...

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Justin Denne

9 June 2019

Had a lovely evening stroll with Vincent and Spud, wonderful experience for my daughter walking and feeding treats to a beautiful fox as obviously the ones we get in our garden we can't get to close to. Both Vincent and Spud the dog are very gentle and a delight to spend time with. Also had the added bonus of meeting the ducklings as well, would definitely recommend a visit. More...

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Abbi Cooper

25 May 2019

We met Vincent, Meme, and Spud today, and also Maria. What an absolutely wonderful experience from start to finish. Thank you so much for such informative afternoon. We really loved our time with you and the gang. We might be back to visit “your girls” one day. Highly recommend. Thank you so much More...

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Jo Montague

22 May 2019

We had a wonderful encounter within this picturesque orchard with the lambs , bunnies & wallaby , loads of information learnt by a friendly lovely lady and my 13 year old has been on a high all afternoon . Highly recommend , just don’t follow the postcode link through Facebook as it didn’t work , just put it straight in your sat nav ! More...

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Kellie Milano

18 April 2019

Club AUsome visited Amaxing Animal Encounters From the moment we arrived Maria was wonderful, there was lots of understanding for children with additional needs and nothing was too much, and mire importantly there was no pressure for the children to do things. It was calm, it was welcoming and I couldn’t recommend it more. We look forward to returning in the summer. More...

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Abigail Hope de Garis

15 April 2019

Had the most wonderful afternoon with the foxes. My daughters loved it. Lots to learn. Will definitely go back again! X

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Renee

23 March 2019

Thank you. All the children at the party loved the animals especially the skunk. It was enjoyable for adults to and would definitely reccomend this. 2 parents said it had given them ideas for a party. More...

Hi Renee thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It was lovely meeting everyone today - such a well behaved bunch of children and young people

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Sue O'Reilly

8 March 2019

Had a wonderful visit with Vincent today. What a beautiful, gentle creature.

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Charlotte Kent

2 March 2019

Had a wonderful 1-2-1 lambing experience for my son. He is 8 and thoroughly enjoyed it! He loved feeding time and handling the lambs. Maria was lovely and we can’t wait to return for an experience with the lovely foxes! Thank you again. It’s a must for any animal lover. More...

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Tiffany Howell

26 February 2019

My mum and I had a lovely session with the amazing character of Vincent the fox and his girlfriend mimi so beautiful and well looked after , was lucky to meet 3 day old lambs a pig and the lovely dog spud who showed us about and the lovely lady that knows her stuff and you can tell she really loves her furry family.. well worth a visit ,thankyou and keep up the good work xx More...

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Francesca Young

21 February 2019

Highly recommend Maria’s parties, 1:1 sessions and classes ! We have been to several parties and 1:1 sessions, as well as attending her classes for several years while my boys were younger. Highly recommend

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Hayley Rawlings-Browne

20 December 2018

Today we met with a special lady called Marie from Amazing Animal Encounters who rescues animals down in Kent and the boys and I got up close and personal with an array of fabulous creatures that ordinarily would be in the wild but sadly have to be looked after and Marie has opened her home to these wonderful animals. Oh my what an experience for the boys and also me to share an afternoon with these furry and some not so furry creatures .. so well worth the trip. Please support Marie and your children will have an experience of a life time. Thank you Marie for an amazing afternoon and for opening your home and letting us be part of your animal gang .. we loved it thank you More...

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Charlotte Chapman

18 December 2018

we had a great time today, the animals are so calm and good with people. It's a very calming environment

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Vikki Jump

29 September 2018

Had a birthday party with them today, children were quite disappointed they couldn’t handle many at all. We had tortoise, guinea pig,tarantula,hedgehog,sugar gliders and skunk. They couldn’t touch the tarantula or hedgehog or sugar gliders and could only stroke the tortoise and guinea pig and skunk. The only saving grace as such was a few adults being allowed to hold the skunk. Which was lovely, overall it was ‘ok’. Without the skunk we would have been very disappointed. More...

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Steffan Elliott

26 August 2018

Had a great afternoon at Maria,s house,I took my two girls and my mum and dad,and I've got to say we all had a really great time.maria is able to teach all ages stuff about the animals and is really good with kids.My two girls have a thing about foxes and to be able to stroke and hand feed them was really good for my kids,who had somehow started to think that a fox would eat them.also the skunk was a firm favourite with them as was the tiny well any.All in all a great outing and highly recommended to all More...

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Tamsin Fox-Davies

30 July 2018

Thank you for a wonderful time with the pigs. My husband and I both loved meeting Dinky and Daisy-May. Getting to meet Vincent the fox was amazing too. Thanks for the useful information about keeping pigs as pets. So helpful. We'll be back with some other family members too! ��� More...

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Rachel Gillis-Coates

23 July 2018

Maria and Caitlin came for my daughter's 6th birthday party yesterday. The children had such a fantastic time. Whilst Caitlin was showing the animals to the children, Maria was very helpful with a nervous child. A wonderful experience for all the children (and adults) plus on the ball with health and welfare of both humans and animals. I cannot recommend them enough! More...

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Sarah Cook

23 July 2018

We had a great afternoon meeting Vincent and Mimi, along with Squirt the skunk and the other animals we met along the way. Brilliant place and Maria&family were lovely - thank you!! More...

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Trisha Elizabeth Whelan

23 July 2018

I won a session to meet Vincent the fox and was thrilled to visit today. Such a lovely experience and also got to meet the baby lambs. Thank you Maria for such a great time and hope to visit again in the future. Vincent was amazing and has made me even love foxes more than I already do.... More...

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Jenna Cranmer

23 July 2018

Had a fantastic time here for my sons 3rd birthday! Maria is patient and friendly and teaches the children so much about the animals they meet. Its so clear the animals are loved and amazingly well cared for. Will be visiting again soon (along with attending the weekly preschool sessions!!) More...

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Dave Walker

23 July 2018

So so good! Took my wife here for her birthday with my daughter and it was amazing! She got to meet so many animals and with the most friendliest informative guide. Thank you so much :-)

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Gemma Blackford

23 July 2018

Me and my daughter love the weekly musical menagerie sessions!
We've been coming for almost a year and have met a huge variety of animals and creatures from cute 24hr old duckings to Chinese water dragons to a beautiful fluffy skunk!!!
Maria is so knowledgeable and she has a great way of teaching the children (and adults!) all about the animal, its origin, what it eats and also how they move/sound amongst lots of other amazing facts.
All of that as well as music, a fun craft, a biscuit for the kids and a cuppa for the adults! It's just fab!!!!
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Zoe Clapp

23 July 2018

We just wanted to say a big thank you to Ellie for a wonderful session at our daughter's 3rd birthday party yesterday. Ellie's gentle manner kept 12 inquisitive 2-8 year olds in check, informed and entertained. The adults enjoyed it just as much. We got to meet a giant African snail, bearded dragon, tree frog, Burmese python, Snow the guinea pig and Squirt the Skunk (birthday girl's favourite). The range of animals was great and the varied level of interaction of each was good. I would say the smaller the group the better especially with younger ones. We shall be back for more in the weekly pre-school sessions with Maria. More...

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Charlotte Still

23 July 2018

Had a 1:1 session with the lambs. Our kids had a brilliant time as did we. If I could give more stars i would!

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Emma Irving

23 July 2018

Thank you so much for going my daughter a birthday she’ll never forget. Cuddles with Squirt the Skunk absolutely made her day.

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Emma Stoddard

23 July 2018

Maria is a beautiful soul who clearly cherishes her animals and relates with compassion and understanding to children with additional needs. Highly recommended �

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Katie Cochran

23 July 2018

Can't recommend enough. My son had a session today for his 8th birthday party and had such a brilliant time. Maria was amazing with the kids and managed to keep 10 hyped up boys interested and under control for an hour! Definitely recommend as an alternative to the usual kids parties! So much fun!! Thank you � More...

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Nicki Hook

23 July 2018

Maria and her animals were absolutely amazing for my daughter's 7th birthday party. We had 9 girls (and a few adults) fascinated by the animals that joined our party and it really made it a birthday to remember - I would not hesitate to recommend Amazing Animal Encounters to celebrate your child's special day x

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Sophie Bridges

23 July 2018

Maria and a great selection of animals came to my son’s 6th birthday party recently. The children loved it and Maria shared her knowledge with them in a really engaging and age-appropriate way. So glad my google searching found Amazing Animal Encounters, my son keeps talking about the different animals he saw. I think we were all fell in love with the hedgehog as she unfurled from a ball. Thanks Maria! More...

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Deborah Hart

23 July 2018

We had such a wonderful time yesterday meeting Vincent, Mimi and Martha, as well as the other lovely, friendly animals wandering around Maria's home and garden. It was an absolute privilege getting to feed Vincent an egg - something my fox-obsessed little boy will never forget, I'm sure. Maria was so informative and interesting; we all came away knowing much more about these beautiful creatures, and getting to stroke them was a total treat! Thank you so much for spending the time with us, and giving us a fabulous family experience. More...

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Jacqui Murphy

23 July 2018

Our friend brought my husband an encounter with Vincent the fox. We loved the experience and Maria and the great work she does truly is an inspiration! As long as you love animals and don't mind a bit of mud you will love this haven. Thank you Maria...and Vincent ������ More...

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Katie Gurdler

23 July 2018

Amazing animal encounters came to 13th gillingham guides tonight and we had a fantastic evening. The animals were all lovely and interesting and Marie was very knowledgeable and had plenty of things to tell us about. All in all it was a great evening and fantastic value for money. I would recommend it as a great alternative meeting at girlguiding and scouting groups of all ages and also a very unique birthday party option.

Thanks again for a wonderful evening.
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Tsunami Dove

23 July 2018

My 8 year old daughter and I had a lovely animal encounter today meeting Vincent the Fox, Squirt the skunk and seeing the sugar gliders. It was a great opportunity to get close and personal with the animals who are clearly loved and well-cared for.

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Fiona Williams

23 July 2018

We had the loveliest afternoon with the lambs and also meeting Roo the wallaby. Our daughter loved it, and so did I! Glorious!

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Selina Carter

23 July 2018

Amazing it is, Maria is brilliant with animals and children alike, she handled my little girl, an unfortunate obsessed Bunny Botherer, with calm expertise and went above and beyond to make her Birthday exceptional. All of her party friends had a great time feeding and playing with the lambs, rabbits, hens and pig at the garden centre. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Amazing Animal Encounters. More...

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Suzanne Foley

23 July 2018

Thank you so much Maria. All the children had a fantastic experience, as did the adults. We were all particularly smitten with Squirt the skunk. Not only was the session fun but it was really educational too. Clara says she's had the best birthday party ever! Xx More...

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Tsunami Dove

3 November 2017

My 8 year old daughter and I had a lovely animal encounter today meeting Vincent the Fox, Squirt the skunk and seeing the sugar gliders. It was a great opportunity to get close and personal with the animals who are clearly loved and well-cared for. More...

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Havva Walker

30 October 2017

Such an amazing experience! I highly recommend this amazing place :-) xXx

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Sam French-Jones

5 October 2017

Not sure who loved meeting your amazing animals more, me or the children! It was a real privilege to host such beautiful animals in our home. The children were captIvated. Can't wait to do it again. Thank you More...

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Nicci Snuggs

12 April 2017

Thank you so much Maria for a lovely session for my daughters 5th birthday today. The children (and adults)had such a nice time and were completely engaged throughout. Vincent was a massive hit,he is such a handsome chap! Wonderful time had by all and we would recommend highly to anyone.Thank you again. More...

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Kate Rogers

2 April 2017

We would like to say a big thank you to Ellie for Elliot's 2nd Birthday party today. Ellie was so patient & great with all of the children.

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Caroline Gray Sims

26 February 2017

Absolutely brilliant. Had for daughters 9th birthday, all kids thoroughly enjoyed looking, learning and touching the animals. Ellie was great thankyou. Would definitely recommended. More...

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Dawn Harpham

4 February 2017

A huge thank you to Maria for an absolutely wonderful day meeting her lovely animals. I had so much fun feeding Vincent the fix and cuddling squirt the skunk. Maria was a complete credit to her animals and can't wait to go again. Thank you so much. More...

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Abigail Cummins

28 January 2017

Thank you for entertaining my daughter at her 5th birthday party today. She and her friends had a fantastic time and loved the variety of animals that came along. Will highly recommend you to all that are thinking of having a party. Thanks again. More...

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Torz Cat

11 December 2016

A big thank you to Ellie for making Ozzy's party extra special. The kids loved the selection of animals and the adults did too! A truly unique and fun addition to any party. Highly recommended! More...

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Andrea Newman

8 August 2016

What a lovely day we had yesterday at Millbrook Garden Centre with two lovely girls. (Sorry can't remember their names) the only problem is now we now own two African giant millipedes called Rosie and Jack lol.

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Steve Kench Cannon

7 August 2016

My family greatly enjoyed seeing yourselves at Millbrook garden centre in Gravesend today. Excellent experience, well managed with quality time available for each child. Thank you.

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Alison Tucker

25 June 2016

Thanks for a great party today, we all had a fantastic time!!!

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Theresa Dowle

24 June 2016

Just had a birthday party for my daughter .They lived up to their name AMAZING animals and AMAZING handler . Thank you so much the children really enjoyed your animals

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Louise Wren

10 June 2016

My friends and I booked 2 one-to-one sessions back to back for our birthdays, it was the best present for us ever. So many lovely animals, in a beautiful orchard setting, there was something for everyone, with Maria on hand to tell us about them. We met Dinky the pig, the lambs and the wallaby, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, Spud the dog, sugargliders, a cuddly skunk and Pippy the cute kitten and her mum. Being an avid lover and feeder of foxes, meeting the fantastic Vincent Van Fox was my highlight, everybody should meet a fox once in their life More...

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Kelly Marie Gumbrell

4 June 2016

Absolutely loved our visit today. Especially feeding the fox and the lamb. Highly recommend it:),

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Lorna Ford

25 April 2016

Thank you for our visit this morning, the residents and staff at Brampton Lodge really enjoyed meeting Dinky and the gang. x

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Jessica Williams

2 April 2016

My girls and i had such a fantastic time yesterday meeting the lambs, Dinky, the ducks and chickens, and even got to give Vincent an egg :-D will definitely be back for more experiences :-D x

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Lisa Briggs

29 March 2016

Another amazing experience today with the lambs my twin girls loved the whole experience and were totally in love with patch and maple. It's a totally unique experience and wonderful experience. More...

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Nicola Hinton

27 March 2016

My 10 year old daughter had a wonderful party, meeting a whole variety of animals. Maria was very educational and informative with the utmost care and respect for her animals and their welfare. I would highly recommend her. Many thanks. More...

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Rebecca Cobby

6 March 2016

Had a lovely session with Maria and her animals yesterday. My three year old is telling everyone he meets that he got to feed a carrot to a wallaby! Met so many animals and learnt a lot too - thank you so much. More...

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Jasmine Kittermaster

7 February 2016

Maria lives and breathes her animals and her business succeeds because it is an extension of herself. Her passion is unrivalled. Long Live Amazing Animal Encounters. More...

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Karen George

6 September 2015

Had a brilliant visit to my son's 10th birthday today. Knowledgeable and friendly staff and interesting range of animals. Kept the children engaged and we all enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend them.

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Natalie Taylor

2 August 2015

My daughter had a fantastic birthday thanks to these. The handler was brilliant and all the animals amazing. Highly recommend

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Laura Jorden

28 June 2015

Amazing animal party today for my two year old, handlers were great and all the children and adults too had lots of fun!! Thank you !!

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Natalie Price

21 June 2015

Really enjoyed petting and learning about all the animals today, the children learnt lots too! A definite party winner!!! Thank you

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Nova Molloy

20 June 2015

My son had a 6 th birthday party and I have never seen so many children in awe of the animals , it was fantastic and would definitely recommend them , fantastic day , thank you sooooo much x

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Cheryl Horstead

30 May 2015

Brilliant afternoon for Callum's 6th birthday party - thank you

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Clare Simpson

18 April 2015

Thankyou for the fantastic party, the kids loved it, I'm sure many of the parents will be booking you in the future. X

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Corinne French

18 March 2015

Have had Maria at several children's parties over the years, as well as attending sessions at Amazing Animal Encounters HQ and weekly classes. Always brilliant. Maria is a true professional, who keeps the children (and adults!) fully engaged, whilst encouraging learning, gentle handling and overcoming phobias. She always has a smile on her face and her enthusiasm is catching! More...

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Robert Freer

17 March 2015

Fantastic day! Well organised and very educational! Would reccomend to anyone :)

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Katie Gurdler

5 March 2015

Amazing animal encounters came to 13th gillingham guides tonight and we had a fantastic evening. The animals were all lovely and interesting and Marie was very knowledgeable and had plenty of things to tell us about. All in all it was a great evening and fantastic value for money. I would recommend it as a great alternative meeting at girlguiding and scouting groups of all ages and also a very unique birthday party option. More...

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Elaine O'Boyle

8 February 2015

Thanks so much for the handlers to coming to Ruby's party this afternoon with the wonderful animals. Very highly recommended.

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Nicola Poole

3 December 2014

Our little ones loved meeting all the animals yesterday and couldn't wait to tell their parents about touching a snake!!

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Dorinda Setterington

3 December 2014

Fab morning with all the animals. It was great to see Vincent the fox all grown up now. What a handsome boy he is!

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Nikki Dawn

18 October 2014

Thank you so much for the wonderful visit to my son's party.....All the children had a wonderful time and I would highly recommended you to everyone :)

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Jill Barringer

7 October 2014

Quite apart from the wonderful animals and the chance to meet and learn more about them, your gentle handling of 15 very excited children was calm, firm and realistic.

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Derek Parker-Richardson

31 August 2014

Had an amazing time with my great nephew during a one to one. Maria tailored the visit to my nephew and what he wanted to see. She had a very impressive understanding of what he was enjoying and what he was not so sure of. We met everything from hens to suger gliders. Such a wide variety of animals and being up close and handling them was brilliant. Personally, Dinky the pig is my favourite. She just made me laugh. Thank you for a special time. We are recommending you to all our friends. More...

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Megan Thomas

9 May 2014

Had a lovely time with the animals today :)

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Esther Leigh

17 April 2014

The animals came to visit my young people on tuesday night whilst we were on a two night activity residentail. They loved raymond the rabbit and pinecone the hedgehog! The staff were very professional and kind to the young people and full of information...."how many legs does a millipede have?" More...

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Elissia Evans Mestre

10 April 2014

Excellent party entertainment. You couldn't be disappointed :)

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Jenny Russell Wijsveld

8 April 2014

5stars! Had a fabulous time meeting the wonderful animals at my friends 'circus'....we especially love 'Dinky' see you again soon! Xx

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I love the therapeutic sessions the most - where just spending a little time with someone and giving them the opportunity to interact with the animals has a very positive impact on their quality of life, their outlook and their general well being. You leave with a great big smile on your face knowing you have done something wonderful for someone else

I've been teaching my own children, and countless others, to love and respect animals and wildlife since 2005, when we started accepting unwanted animals into our home. Amazing Animal Encounters was born to support pets in need and was so popular, I left my job as a support youth worker at Kent County Council and went full time in 2011.

We are the only animal encounter business accredited by The Children's Activities Association
We provide a safe, loving family home to the animals that are rehomed here
We don't travel long distances, entertain large numbers, perform an outlandish show or give out sweets or party bags. We concentrate on providing an educational experience and the perfect environment for them to live in back at home. We present ourselves and the animals with dignity and respect.
There's no kissing crocodiles, snakes around necks or creatures on heads - their welfare and your well being come first
I have 14 years experience working with children and young people, with a background in pre-school activity leading and youth work.
Each year, we try to lessen our impact on the environment further and help educate and encourage others to do so to and this is a strong part of our company mission.
We follow the Animal-Assisted Interventions: Code of Practice for the UK, the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the Animal Welfare Act 2018, the RSPCA's 5 Freedoms and implement the 5 categories of enrichment.
We are happy to provide paperwork.
Our PLI, ELI, Risk Assessment, Performing Animals Licence, Equal Opportunities Policy, Safeguarding Policy, Method Statement and DBS certificates have been checked by an independent body and we are member of The Pet Industry Federation and Pet Services Association

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