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Thursday, 18 September 2014

How many species of animals are there?

Now this is an interesting thought... there must be hundreds-upon-hundreds! Well, actually, the answer is more like 8.7 million - and that number was last reported by the BBC in 2011.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Why do animals hibernate?

As a well known 'Animal Man', I am often asked somewhat tricky questions (particularly by the kids). Nearly every winter, at some talk or other, I hear that familiar question - 'why do animals hibernate?' ...and its an interesting one to answer. Unlike us humans, some animals simply cannot survive the harsh changes in weather that the winter brings.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Snakes as Pets

Snakes can prove to be one of the easiest creatures to keep as a pet, needing little more than feeding, fresh water, keeping at the correct temperature, and a small amount of cleaning up after, they can prove to be the ideal pet. Below we take a look at the various species of snake which are commonly kept as pets and readily available to purchase in pet stores:

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Top 5 Most Common Animal Phobias

There are so many people with so many different animal phobias that it's hard to keep track! However; one thing's for sure, time and time again, the same five animals are the main talking point... so, if you're not familiar with all of these, it's time to sit back and take note - just in case their waiting in the wings to frighten you with their grizzly, demonic and deathly ways...

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Learning Life Through Animals

Did you know that 67% of the population in the UK live in towns and cities? I bet it's not really something you think about at all; however, when it comes to considering what and how children learn, where families reside does have a considerable impact. This is one of the main reasons why I love doing what I do so much..

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Cute and Furry Mammals Pt.1

Almost everyone will see a small fluffy hamster and the first thing they will do is say "Aw", but what about a small furry rat? That can be a totally different matter and reactions can range from sheer horror to repulsion to instant love. Those with an instant love for rats will know and appreciate just how intelligent and loving these wonderful little creatures can be, each with its own unique personality and funny ways. So let's take a look at some of these furry mammals.....

Monday, 31 March 2014

Animal-Assisted Therapy

There has been proven to be real benefits for special needs children by using animal-assisted therapy. With animals being non-verbal, they rely upon body language to communicate and it has been found that children with low verbal capabilities will quickly learn to 'read' this body language and form a strong bond with the animal. The interaction and relationship between people and animals has also been shown to reduce stress and promote well being; augment socialization; encourage nurturance and responsibility and improve self esteem and confidence.

Monday, 24 March 2014

The 'Wow' Factor

Every child wishes to be the one whose birthday party is the talk of the playground and once the games, food, cake and sweets are done with, what can parents do to provide a lasting impression?

Obtaining the professional services of an exotic pet specialist is bound...

Monday, 24 March 2014

Looking After Exotic Pets

The keeping of exotic pets has grown in popularity considerable over the recent years and anyone considering purchasing an unusual or exotic pet should thoroughly research the creature prior to obtaining them. Gaining knowledge about the pet you are considering having ensures that you are fully aware of how to look after and care for it, what dietary requirements it has, what size cage it will need, how long it will live, how big it will grow - the list goes on and on.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Reptiles As Pets

Snakes, Lizards, Turtles and other reptiles can make good exotic pets for beginners, but care needs to be taken when selecting the right pet, due to longevity of the creature, size it will grow to and overall commitment and cost implications. The initial cost of setting up a suitable home for your pet, with lighting, heating, and correct equipment can be expensive, so thorough research and expert advice is recommended.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

What is an Exotic Pet?

An 'exotic' pet is one which is not native to the country in which is it being kept or is not considered to be a 'domesticated' pet such as a cat or dog. Most exotic pets are reliant upon their keeper to provide the correct and ambient temperature, appropriate diet and environment to help them stay healthy and flourish in captivity.

A lot of research has been carried out by scientists to determine where the fear of spiders comes from and many now believe that this irrational fear can be inherited from parents and grandparents, rather than from a child's personal experience, but after working with children for over 28 years I totally disagree and would say without doubt the fear is caused by negative conditioning during childhood rather than being inherited..