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Bringing Learning To Life

Exotic Explorers owners, Ben & Puri

Animal Experiences in and around Essex

Exotic Explorers promise to offer you an animal experience you'll never forget. Choose from over 70 species of exotic animals including Owls, Hawks, Skunks, Snakes, Lizards and Tarantulas!

We cater for personal experiences, parties, schools, SEN, corporate events, fetes/events and more.

We are a mobile zoo, and our coverage areas include Essex, London and sometimes further out (See our FAQs for details).

We are based in Essex and the company was set up by professional and highly experienced Zoo Keepers that have animal welfare and education at our hearts.

We aim to bring learning to life.

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Covid-19 Update

The below are dates for when we 'should' be able to resume services. Note that this is all subject to change dependant on the UK government decisions.

From 17th May: We will be able to run our normal services outdoors for groups of up to 30.

From 19th July: We will be able to run all of our services with no restrictions at all.

We are also able to offer our popular Virtual Encounters to our clients, and anyone can enjoy these fun virtual sessions with us. We've hosted sessions for individuals, school groups, businesses, scout groups and loads more!

We are slowly but surely getting the bookings in after an extremely tough year, where we received very little government help to cover our animal expenses. This had a devastating impact on our business, and we would still appreciate any of the help you can give:

We thank you so much for all your support.🙏🏻💫

Our Services


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Our educational visits to schools, universities and colleges include exciting, educational talks, along with a chance to get up close and personal with some of our amazing animals. See more

VIP Encounter

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Choose from our Owls, Reptiles, Inverts and Furry experiences. Learn amazing facts about these beautiful animals, how to care for them and how to handle them safely. See more


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Animals have a special way of bringing a smile to anyone's day. We can visit care homes, therapy centers, SEN groups, hospices and more. See more


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If you want a party that everyone will be talking about, look no further. Whether animal mad or looking to expand your knowledge on something new, we have the package for you. See more

Fetes / Events

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Looking for that special something to make your event stand out? We can Provide a Static Animal Display with a Marquee, animal handling sessions and educational talks See more


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Our other services include Care Homes/Hospices, Film & Photography, Groups & Clubs and Corporate Events. See more


These guys were absolutely fantastic for my daughters' birthday. Really well organised and professional and so knowledgeable and with a genuine care for their animals. They were happy to answer questions from both children and adults and share their love of these animals with us. We could choose the animals we met and went for reptiles and insects, and all of them - even the huge python - were so well socialised and cared for that our 4 month old could stroke and interact with them and my 2 yr old could hold them. She was delighted at the little frog - what a valuable and memorable experience for everyone, and the start I hope of a love for all animals that lasts a lifetime.
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Sarah Hodges Birthday Party
Wow!!! We had an amazing ‘Virtual School Trip’ with Exotic Explorers. I emailed enquiring a predator package to fit in with our school topic and these guys certainly delivered! The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing the animals, watching them eat on camera and get to have a live Q+A with Ben and Puri. Children at home were also able to join in with the experience meaning they have not missed out on any learning and that when they return we can base lessons around the talk and they will understand what we are talking about! I have already recommended to other staff at my school who are looking at when they can book them in! Thank you guys so much! The children loved it (and so did the parents at home).
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Toni WallisVirtual Experience
I took my 80 year old mother for an animal experience and it was absolutely brilliant. My mother engaged with the animals and the presenter in a beautifully calm manner. Totally recommend this to anyone of an older age and thoroughly promote this experience for the younger generation to help raise awareness of animal welfare.
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Sarah Sage Personal Experience
WOW These guys visited our school yesterday for our Summer Fair and I can honestly say this was absolutely brilliant... They had an amazing selection of different animals and the children really enjoyed the up close interaction. Ben and the team gave all the kids lots of time to hold the snakes,ferrets, pygmy hedgehogs, fancy mice and their two gorgeous brother and sister barn owls (the stars of the show for me)... Lots of information and facts for children and parents. Brilliant day and a massive thank you for coming!
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Victoria Walter Summer Fair
Professional, knowledgeable and patient handlers. Stunning and well cared for animals. Really made our Raptors & Reptiles event what it was 🦅🐍. Would recommend them to absolutely everyone!
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Leanne McManus-Dunkley Raptors & Reptiles Event
An amazing day with these guys. Our school children loved seeing their animals. The team were amazing with the children. Thank you 🙂.
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Kristy Cable School Visit

Check out more testimonials on our facebook page here

1 Kensington Road
Pilgrim's Hatch
CM15 9LG

Ben: 07877 701461
Puri: 07561 074340

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