Reptile Encounters Moves To New Melbourne Home

Melbourne's mobile zoo offers educational programs for the K-12 market. The programs offer a decade of experience and are of the highest standard.

Reptile Encounters is pleased to announce that it has completed its business headquarters move to a new location. Located in Burwood, the new facility houses over 200 animals in an exciting and innovative warehouse environment. The venue also provides office space for the company. The move was done over November and December, meaning there was little rest for the staff over the Christmas break, as they moved snakes, lizards, turtles, birds and even crocodiles to the new venue. The animals are already feeling right at home in their new location and the team has plans to build a new bird enclosure on site.

RE is known as one of the country's best mobile zoos, specializing in educational wildlife programs for the K-12 market. They also perform regular shows at shopping centers, trade shows, and corporate events. Now with the new location, they are planning to offer holiday programs, private parties and teacher workshops on premises, where you can go to them

Reptile Encounters owner Josh Cox told an interviewer, "It is very exciting to be taking this next step. I have always had a passion for animals and started the business in 2007. I love the idea of being able to bring native animals into the classroom and seeing kids' faces as they get to hold and learn about the various animals."

In the beginning, Josh only had about 30 reptiles including a few snakes, lizards and turtles. But now his entourage has grown to include not only reptiles but amphibians, birds, insects, and mammals.

“Our ecosystem is all about diversity, which is why I want to offer an array of different native fauna at our shows", Mr. Cox said.

The team has grown significantly too with Reptile Encounters now employing eight regular staff who perform shows all over Victoria. Highly trained and equally passionate, they have helped take the business to where it is today. There are also many volunteers who come in to feed and look after the animals.

School incursions are a big part of the business with reptile shows proving very popular with all age groups. Primary school shows are interactive and hands-on, but also focus on making the students as comfortable as possible with their introduction to native wildlife up close. The secondary school wildlife programs are also hands-on, and specifically tailored to align with the Victorian Science and Biology Curriculum.

Reptile Encounters now also offers two different shows for VCE students. They integrate with VCE Biology Unit 1 Adaptations and VCE Biology Unit 4 Evolution which means the incursions are not only entertaining but aligned with the curriculum. Teachers are provided with material to assist with any follow up and further study on the topics.

The company has been recognized as a finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion awards for the past two years running. Thirteen memorable, entertaining and educational wildlife incursions will excite and inspire students and teachers to reconnect with the world around them. The Reptile Encounters experience continues after the show, with students demonstrating their learning with tailor-made assessment criteria. The mobile zoo aims to create a legacy with students and staff, in the hope that they will take steps at home to make a difference.

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