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Have you ever had a parrot visit your nursing home/day centre? How about a tortoise...a skunk? Wild Encounters can bring a whole host of animals for a fun and close up experience that will be enjoyed by residents and staff alike.

We find that nursing home residents often get the most out of an animal visit as many have had to leave pets behind when moving in. Our close contact and personal approach with the animals has many benefits through sensory stimulation and studies have even shown animal visits to:

  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • lower blood pressure and heart rates
  • increase endorphin and dopamine production
  • and decrease agitation and aggression

Visits can be up to 1½ hours long which will give residents plenty of time to get a close encounter with some interesting and friendly animals.

Our calm and relaxed sessions are perfect for an afternoon with a difference so why not give us a go. They're perfectly suited for groups that cater for a range of abilities and learning ages such as day and respite centres. Our visits always aim to include and interest everyone with the close and personal opportunities with the animals that we provide.

Price List

Up to 1½ hour visit weekdays €130
Up to 1½ hour visit weekends €160

Travel costs may apply in some areas. Please see 'Further information and booking a visit' to see if your nursing home is affected. Please note, for animal welfare reasons we cannot travel further 2 hours from our base in Coolyroe, Co. Limerick.

Day Events

Planning a large day event for your nursing home residents and family and looking for something different to entertain your guests? Then why not have a look at our LARGE PARTIES/FUNCTIONS or our FESTIVALS, FETES AND FUN DAYS packages found under the Parties/Events tab.

Further Information and Booking a visit

Wild Encounters is run by a team with a zoological and educational career background that have extensive knowledge in exotic animal husbandry and training. Some of our animal ambassadors have taken up residence at Wild Encounters after no longer being wanted by their previous owners or were under inadequate care. Therefore we do not endorse or advocate any of our animal ambassadors as pets to the general public as part of the exotic pet trade.

Visits take place during the day but early evening visits can be arranged by special request. Time cut off point for visits is dependent on distance from our address.

We regret, due to animal welfare reasons, we cannot travel more than 2 hours from Coolyroe, Co. Limerick. Any destinations within a 70km drive from our address incur no additional travel charges. Any over this will incur a travel cost of 40cents per km over the initial 70km free distance.

Parking must be made available on or adjacent to venue for safe and quick loading and unloading of animals.

We will try, wherever possible, to cater to requests for specific animals but regret we cannot always guarantee it.

Please contact us if you have any further queries or are interested in making a booking.


"We have had Wild Encounters visit our Nursing Home on two occasions. The experience was amazing both times and our residents are still talking about the visit! Ben brought different animals each time and was very happy to let each of our residents hold the animals and interact with them. He was extremely patient and answered the many questions about the animals. Its a joy to hear a lady of 94 saying that she never thought she would see the day that she would hold a snake.......The Wild Encounter experience is a must for the young and not so young.Thank you Ben!"

Maura O'Sullivan, St Gobnait's Nursing Home, Ballyagran

"Wild Encounters came to visit our Nursing Home today, and all our residents really enjoyed the experience whenever are they going to have the chance to hold a snake or rub a skunk again?? Ben was so professional and patient with all our residents and everyone had a chance to rub, hold or just admire the animals, we all learned some very interesting facts about the animals, couldn't thank wild encounters enough and will definitely be asking them to come back for more shows"

Bridget Duggan, Adare and District Nursing Home, Croagh

"Wild Encounters visited our nursing home recently and it was a special event for the residents. Everyone got the chance to look up close, touch and feel the animals if they wished. The animals were very calm and it was a lovely experience for all of us. Ben was very patient and gentle. It was great to see the delight on residents faces. We had a lovely afternoon."

Carmel O'Flaherty, Kilrush Nursing Home, Kilrush

"The visit from Wild Encounters was really enjoyable. The talk was interesting, educational and interactive. The service users were able to touch or hold the animals while learning about them. Ben spoke to them in a manner that they could understand and he was so respectful of each and every one of them. Nobody was excluded. We were very impressed."

Sinead O'Brien, Enable Ireland Adult Services, Limerick

"Thank you Ben for visiting Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home, the residents and staff really enjoyed the day. It was a pleasure to see people interacting and enjoying themselves. I observed some of the residents who have difficulty communicating verbally becoming animated, laughing and smiling. Many people expressed a great kick out of being able to do something they had never done, at this stage of their lives.

You were so kind giving each person so much time and attention, making everyone comfortable to ask questions and touch the animals. There was a calm atmosphere and we felt relaxed to interact with you and the animals. The time flew by!!

We hope that you will be able to visit us again as everyone is talking about you !!"

Linda Carew, Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home, Newport

"It was very good and all the residents enjoyed it. Ben came around with all the animals to each resident and also went to the rooms of people who couldn't come to the show. Looking forward to seeing them all again."

Lucie McCormack, Padre Pio Nursing Home, Holycross

"All the Residents & staff would like to thank Ben from Wild Encounters & all his animal friends for visiting us here in Mooncoin. The residents really enjoyed the visit, they loved the variety of animals on the visit & loved the 1 on 1 interaction with the animals and Ben. Some of the residents afterwards stated that’ they saw & touched animals they had never seen or held before’. There was a great buzz after the session and that night many of the visitors heard of the antics from the Wild Encounter Show. I thank Ben for his informative & interactive Show & demonstrations. We look forward to a Visit in the future."

Marian O'Hanlon, Mooncoin Residential Care Centre, Mooncoin