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*Whether you decide to book with us or not, please make sure that whoever you do decide to book with is accredited to operate. Organisations operating animal encounters should EITHER have a zoo licence if operating with exotic birds or mammals, or an exemption if just invertebrates, domestic mammals and the more commonly kept species of reptiles. Any organisations without either of these two are operating illegally and may have questionable animal welfare! Help us to maintain high animal welfare standards by not supporting these organisations! Wild Encounters is proud to be fully zoo licenced.*

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 (not including bank hols) €130
Up to 1½ hour visit weekends and bank hols €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 than 1 and a 1/2 hours from our base in Coolyroe, Co. Limerick.

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 1 and a 1/2 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.