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Wild Encounters can bring LEARNING TO LIFE right in your classroom with our live animal visits and demonstrations!

We believe that experiencing things in the flesh is the best way to learn and we've seen time and time again our enthusiastic and fun approach bring the passion for conservation and natural history out of the student.

We aim for exciting and educational animal demonstrations that provide up-close and personal experiences whilst the students learn about the world around them. We've also used the national curriculum for those studying specific subjects to bring you a variety of natural biology based topics.

Topics Include (but are not limited to):

  • Adaptations
  • Habitats/Ecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Rainforests
  • Predator/prey
  • Minibeasts
  • Survival Strategies
  • Night and Day
  • Classification
  • Senses
  • Animal Welfare
  • Evolution
  • Conservation

If there are any other topics you would like then please contact us and we’ll see what we can do. We can even design worksheets on request so you can re-cap on what the students have learnt after we have gone.

We have a great range of fascinating animals and can and have catered for anywhere from Montessori groups right up to college level and content of our demo's is altered accordingly if required. We even find teachers and staff enjoy our wildlife experiences just as much, if not more than the students! Everyone comes away having learnt something new. Also great for all kinds of learning and activity groups such as Summer Camps, library visits, scouts/brownies etc!

Sessions last approximately 45mins-1hr long and are priced for up to 80 students per session! Extra students can be added to sessions at a cost of €1 per extra student. Perfect for large classes or whole school assembly style sessions! The great thing about our sessions is that the smaller the group sizes, the more interactive and personal it is for the students with the animals so its ideal for smaller schools too! Students can be split into smaller groups across several sessions throughout the day if desired for a more age specific learning experience!

Session Prices

1 session €130
2 sessions €190
3 sessions €250
4 sessions €310
Full day (5 sessions) €370

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

School Fetes

Planning a school/summer fete, fun day or other event and looking for something different to attract 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.

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.


"Absolutely fabulous day. Was a bit apprehensive booking it for secondary school students as was afraid they might not be impressed with the animals. They loved every minute of it. The day was a great success. All the students that attended the event were really pleased and impressed with the encounter. Many of the staff called in to see part of the event and enjoyed it. The presenter was punctual and had set up in plenty time for our first scheduled talk. A wide range of animals were present from many different habitats and the students were allowed to hold many of these which contributed to their positive experience on the day. The talk was very informative. The presenter was very knowledgable and had a friendly manner which endeared him to the students. He was very obliging and couldn’t do enough for us, even staying on past his paid time to facilitate students who wanted to touch some of the animals for the second time. I would highly recommend booking wild encounters for a school visit as it was so enjoyable and educational."

Margaret Leyden, St Michael's Community College

“Bhain na páistí ar fad ón naíonra go Rang a Sé fíor-thaitneamh as an taispeántas. Fuair said deis na hainmhí a fheiscint díreach os a gcomhair agus iad a láimhseáil. Bhí an-lá ag na páistí! Beimid ag súil leis an gcéad “Wild Encounter” eile.”


“From reception to 6th class, all the kids thoroughly enjoyed the show. They got to hold the animals and learnt lots. We had a great day and are looking forward to our next Wild Encounter Visit.”

Ruairí Ó Hannluain, Principal, Gaelscoil Uí Cheithearnaigh

"Wild Encounters came to our school in June and it was a great success. Both students and staff really enjoyed the visit.

All of our pupils got to view, hold and pet a really interesting variety of creatures from all around the globe. Some of these creatures included a chinchilla, a tortoise, a parrot, an iguana, a giant rabbit and a snake.

As well as getting to see/touch them, the Wild Encounters team gave an in-depth and very informative talk on all the creatures. Our pupils were fully engaged throughout and learned a lot from the visit without even realising it!

The wild Encounters team were courteous, friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly, very good with both children and animals.

I would highly recommend Wild Encounters to any school or other organisation."

Joby Hennessy, Deputy Principal, Emly N.S

"Ben arrived with his animals at 9.45 and was set up and ready to talk to the children at 10.00. He had the children sitting and attentive for a full hour, (this is a miracle in itself at this time of year). He talked about the animals and let the children hold and touch them, answered lots of questions and was very impressive. I would highly recommend Wild Encounters to any preschool/Montessori or any other group of children. Thank you for a lovely experience."

Veronica Coleman, Little Gems Montessori Preschool