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Casey Fleming said on Apr 7, 2019 11:36 AM

I surprised my animal loving youngest son with a visit to see the vast array of animals that Maria lovingly cares for and shows off. He was captivated by Vincent and MiMi the foxes, entertained by Desmond the sheep and awestruck by the beautiful tarantula that Maria kindly let him handle. Brilliant time that included an added bonus of Maria’s family history and Second World War chat which was worth the money alone!! Highly recommended.

Aleks Nalepa-Fanus said on Jan 30, 2019 6:22 PM

We hired Maria for my daughter's 11th b-day party and we requested the Creepy Crawlies package. All 11 girls were mesmerized by Maria and all the animals! Maria is very knowledgeable, calm and an extremely responsible handler. The animals were clearly well cared for. Highly recommend!

Hazel White said on May 22, 2018 1:33 AM

Animal Encounters were fantastic!! Maria was so knowledgeable, calm and organised - my son's 7th birthday was 'the best party ever!' (his words!). Great job including all the children and allowing them to participate at their own pace. Maria also took time to make sure boys and girls were included equally when the invertebrates were introduced so now my daughter isn't afraid of spiders or worms! Absolutely brilliant - thank you!!

Sarah Goodwin said on Jun 15, 2016 11:18 PM

We arranged a visit from Amazing Animal Encounters for our reception children instead of a school trip this summer. The children had a wonderful experience and we engaged at all times. I would highly recommend booking a school visit and will certainly be looking at organising another visit next year. Maria was fabulous with the children and planned the experience around our requests to fit in with the books 'What the ladybird heard' and 'Tanka Tanka Skunk'. Thank you for such a special and educational experience!

Natalie said on Aug 10, 2015 3:38 AM

My daughter requested a "nature party" for her 7th birthday and Maria certainly made it the most memorable party for her. We requested 10 animals with a selection of both warm and cold blooded. The children were enthralled by the wonderful animals and Maria was very informative and educational. We had 16 children quietly captivated and not to mention the parents too! The animals were healthy and well cared for and you could tell Maria certainly loved them and knew all their personality traits. Many, many thanks to Maria and Amazing Animal Encounters!

Sarah Fletcher said on Apr 17, 2014 1:47 PM

Hannah and her friends had a lovely party! Thank you for a great animal experience!

Ramona, Mamas & Babas said on Jan 26, 2014 5:08 AM

Thank you so much for visiting our mums and toddler group on Monday. All the animals were so delightful. The kids as well as the mums had an amazing time. Thank you for all the stories you shared with us. Our session with you turned out to be so much fun and educational too.

Angela Hudson said on May 19, 2013 10:16 PM

Just to say a big thank you Ashleigh had a fantastic party this afternoon and all the children enjoyed holding or looking at the animals. Also the sun came out so we were able to sit in the garden. Thank you once again for a truely amazing animal encounter.

jody said on Apr 15, 2013 11:57 AM

Forget about a clown mum and dad this is a birthday party your kids and family will remember forever .so rare and original we loved you animal encounters xxxx highly recommended!

Nina Tebartz said on Mar 19, 2013 0:59 AM

We had Maria and her wonderful little helper Harriet at Oskar's 6th birthday party on Saturday - we were incredibly impressed with the way these amazing animals were handled and presented. All the children and lots of the parents were mesmerised, and even the most restless little people sat still to have a go at touching and holding the animals. We would highly recommend Maria and her companions! Thank you!!

Rebecca prout said on Dec 11, 2012 0:16 AM

Izzy had a fantastic party, thankyou. The children didn't stop talking about their favourite animal!

Gemma Parfitt said on May 21, 2012 9:37 PM

Amazing Animal Encounters cam to our Pre-Schools May Fair on Saturday 19th May 2012. The arrival of Dinky caused a great stir and the feeback from all of the parents and children has been nothing but positive. My daughter now would llike a giant snail and a friends son is after a giant centipede!! Absolutely brilliant, thank you Maria

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"Just had a birthday party for my daughter .They lived up to their name AMAZING animals and AMAZING handler . Thank you so much the children really enjoyed your animals"

​Theresa, party client, June 2016


"Thanks for a great party today, we all had a fantastic time!!!"

Alison, party client, June 2016


"Thank you for our visit this morning, the residents and staff at Brampton Lodge really enjoyed meeting Dinky and the gang. x"

Brampton Lodge, care home client April 2016


"My daughter had a fantastic birthday thanks to these. The handler was brilliant and all the animals amazing. Highly recommend"

Natalie, party client, August 2015


"Amazing animal party today for my two year old, handlers were great and all the children and adults too had lots of fun!! Thank you !!"

Laura, party client, June 2015


"Really enjoyed petting and learning about all the animals today, the children learnt lots too! A definite party winner!!! Thank you"

Natalie, party client, June 2015


"Thanks so much for the handlers to coming to Ruby's party this afternoon with the wonderful animals. Very highly recommended."

Elaine, party client, May 2015


"Brilliant afternoon for Callum's 6th birthday party - thank you"

Cheryl, Party client May 2015


"Thankyou for the fantastic party, the kids loved it, I'm sure many of the parents will be booking you in the future. X"

Clare, party client, April 2015



"Our little ones loved meeting all the animals yesterday and couldn't wait to tell their parents about touching a snake!!"

Nicola, pre-school client, December 2014



"Fab morning with all the animals. It was great to see Vincent the fox all grown up now. What a handsome boy he is!"

Dorinda, Paddock Wood, December 2014



"Thank you so much for the wonderful visit to my son's party.....All the children had a wonderful time and I would highly recommended you to everyone"

Nikki, party client, October 2014



"Had a lovely time with the animals today"

Megan, May 2014


"Had a super time meeting the animals today. Dinky was a big hit with my little boy but the lambs, Skye and Flora, were lovely and friendly too"

Justine, One:One client, May 2014

"A huge thank you for coming along to Toby's Birthday party yesterday and for bringing a wonderful selection of animals - creepy, crawly, cheeky, scaly and of course delightful Dinky. The kids had a great time - adults too :-)"

Sharon, Frittenden, November 2012

"Thank you so much for the Amazing Animal Encounters party yesterday: I can't tell you how much we all enjoyed ourselves. I am now hoping that my eldest daughter will want the same for her friends in March!"

Ceri, Marden, October 2012

"Thank you for a lovely party, Hollie and Harry had a brilliant time. Hollie can't stop talking about the baby chinchillas and of course Dinky the pig. Harry has been snorting!! X"

Natalie, Pembury October 2012

"just wanted to say what a great time the children had today, it was great fun and I am so glad I chose something different now as everyone loved it. Thanks again"

Lisa, Sutton September 2012

"Amazing Animal Encounters came to our Pre-Schools May Fair on Saturday 19th May 2012. The arrival of Dinky caused a great stir and the feeback from all of the parents and children has been nothing but positive. My daughter now would like a giant snail and a friends son is after a giant centipede!! Absolutely brilliant, thank you Maria"

Gemma, Ditton pre-school May 2012

"Mine had a fab time, have recommended you to parents for parties!!" 

Dorinda, Paddock Wood, January 2012

"Erin has been talking about the frog non stop! Was brilliant thank you"

Ginny, Paddock Wood, January 2012

"Thank you very much for the fabulous party today. All the kids really enjoyed it, I could tell because even the normally naughty ones were attentive! Henry loved the whole experience and felt very privileged to cuddle Billy all to himself. We all learnt a lot about the animals today. I will definitely pass your details onto my friends" 

January 2012

"The children's (and adults') many questions were answered with ease and each animal was presented with lots of fun facts and stories. We are so pleased we chose the Amazing Animal Encounter for our party and would recommend them to any group, large or small, and any age range. A big thank you to them for making a party to remember! "

Claire, Dartford, October 2011

"All the children and adults really enjoyed it and thought it was a great idea for a party!...thank you for a great experience for the children"

Collette, Hildenborough, October 2011

"Had a fab time and the kids loved it"

Heidi, Paddock Wood, August 2011

"Well I can say all mine had an amazing time. Thought the range of animals was excellent and we all really enjoyed it! "

Carrie, Marden, August 2011