Amazing Animal Encounters - The original 'Amazing Animals' based in Kent Est. 2011
Choose a Handler

All handlers participate in on going training in relevant subjects to maintain high standards through college, university and CPD qualifications. We advise that members of the public choose encounter companies that have staff suitably qualified or experienced, with animal management qualifications or provable experience in the sector. As we all have qualifications and training in animal disciplines, you can rest assured that we always put the animals health and welfare first and are fully competent in animal management 



Maria
Maria
I'm Head Handler and Proprietor. My specialisms are pre-schoolers, teens, SEN and AAI. I'm an Ex KCC fully qualified support youth worker including with SEN and I'm a mum of two children whom I homeschool. l Run Musical Menagerie and 1:1 sessions at HQ. Fully trained pre-school activity leader. DBS certificate, first aider. Diploma in Animal Psychology. Volunteer fox rescuer with National Fox Welfare Society covering the Kent area. Outside of animals, my other interests are music (I studied music at University originally and trained as a musician), fine dining, English heritage, castles and ruins and the classic car I share with my husband
Ellie
Ellie
Handler. Ellie's specialisms are conservation, entomology and birds of prey. She conducts our Amazing Inverts, conservation and owl sessions. When not delivering sessions at Amazing Animal Encounters, Ellie flies and cares for birds of prey at a raptor centre. Ellie is studying Animal Management Extended Diploma level 3 BsC Conservation and Bio-diversity Degree and has spent time volunteering at a Gambian Nature Reserve. Ellie has a DBS certificate
Caitlin
Caitlin
Assisting Handler. Caitlin assists Ellie and Maria on some sessions. She has an Animal Management Diploma and is now studying at university. Caitlin has a DBS certificate and signs Makaton. Caitlin has been with Amazing Animal Encounters for five years. Caitlin was introduced to Amazing Animal Encounters by her mum, who was a work colleague of Maria's at KCC
Jay
Jay
Welfare and Enrichment Consultant. Studied Animal Management at Hadlow College and now studying for a BSC in Animal/Zoo Management at Chester University. Jay was a handler at Amazing Animal Encounters before leaving for University and is a part time keeper at Reaseheath Zoo. Jay started at Amazing Animal Encounters doing his college work experience after being recommended by Caitlin, who also attended the same college.