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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.*

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
  • Nocturnal vs Diurnal
  • Classification
  • 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 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 60 students per session! 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 as well as larger groups! Students can be split into smaller groups across several sessions throughout the day if desired for a more age specific learning experience!

Session Prices

Weekdays (not including bank hols) Weekends and bank hols
1 session €130 €160
2 sessions €190 €220
3 sessions €250 €280
4 sessions €310 €340
5 sessions €370 €400

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 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.

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.