Hands on Exotics offers a wide range of presentations and programs for schools, childcare centers, community centers, libraries, and similar educational settings.
With hands-on experiences with animals like kangaroos and lemurs the learning is extremely engaging, memorable, and fun!
Check below for examples of our programs. In all cases our presentations are extremely educational as well as extremely fun and hands on.
Children will learn the basic needs of pet animals and how much work and responsibility they can be. This option is appropriate for all ages.
The cost for this presentation is significantly lower than other presentations as it does not include animals that require a lot of space or training. 8 of the following animals will be included: bunnies, guinea pigs, skinny pigs, hedgehogs, chinchillas, ferrets, rats, sugar gliders, parrots, snakes large and small, small lizards, tortoises, and more!
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|Our Prices Have Changed – Effective 10/14/2016! Please contact us if you have any questions.|
Explore the World
We have five presentation options that feature animals from five different continents. Choose one or more to visit your school, library, childcare center, or other venue. These five presentations each feature 8-10 animals from all around the world: Africa, Australia, Eurasia, North and Central America, and South America. Each package comes with 10 animals Kids will learn a wide variety of animal facts and concepts by comparing and contrasting animals from every family, habitat, lifestyle, diet group, and geographic region. This option is appropriate for all ages.
Prices below reflect booking 1-2 presentations.
Book 3 or more and get a 10% discount!
Book 5 or more and get a 15% discount!
[ Animals marked with a * must come with 2 handlers due to size and safety constraints ]
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If booked with a single handler this package comes with 8 animals including a Lemur. If booked with two handlers this package comes with 10 animals including a Lemur and an *African Crested Porcupine!
Ring-Tailed Lemur, Black and White Ruffed Lemur, *African Crested Porcupine, African Spurred Tortoise, Desert Scorpion, Silvery Cheeked Hornbill, Pied Crow, African Grey Parrot, Senegal Parrot, African Pygmy Hedgehog, Sudanese Plated Lizard, Ball Python, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Cave Spider and more!
If booked with one handler this package comes with 8 animals including a Sugar Glider. If booked with two handlers this package comes with 10 animals including a Sugar Glider and a *Red Kangaroo.
*Red Kangaroo, Cockatoo (Moluccan, Sulphur-Crested, Umbrella), Red Lory, Sugar Glider, Bearded Dragon, Frilled Dragon, Blue-Tongued Skink, Amethystine Python, Carpet Python, and more!
If booked with one handler this package comes with 8 animals including a Eurasian Eagle Owl. If booked with 2 handlers this packages comes with 10 animals including a Eurasian Eagle Owl and a Large Snake.
Eurasian Eagle Owl, Burmese Python, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Dove, Silkie Chicken, Lionhead Rabbit, Checkered Giant Rabbit, Angora Rabbit, European Polecat, Veiled Chameleon, Glass Lizard, and more!
Explore NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA
If booked with one handler this package comes with 8 animals including a Skunk. If booked with two handlers it comes with 10 animals including a Skunk and a Kinkajou.
Military Macaw, Kinkajou, Lionhead Rabbit, Green Iguana, Skunk, Skinny Pig, Guinea Pig, Blue and Gold Macaw, Rat, Corn Snake, and more!
Explore SOUTH AMERICA
If booked with one handler this package comes with 8 animals including a Macaw. If booked with two handlers this package comes with 10 animals including a Macaw and a *Capybara.
Capybara, Coatimundi, Caiman, Amazon Parrot, Skinny Pig, Guinea Pig, Red Tail Boa, Red-Footed Tortoise, Milk Snake, Chinchilla, and more!
Our visits are typically a mix of presentation and meet-and-greet formats. We spent 50-75% of the time doing a formal hand-on presentation with educational content then try to leave some time at the end for more casual interaction, Q&A, and pictures. We also recommend shorter presentations for younger children and longer presentations for older children as attention spans vary across different ages. For the youngest children, we recommend no more than a 30 minute presentation. For the older children we recommend 45 minute presentations. Below are a couple of examples of how we would structure a visit.
Our goal is to give each kid a chance to interact with each of the animals, as we believe this has the greatest impact. For this reason we recommend classroom size groups of no more than 20 or so children. You can have as many people in the group as you want but the larger the group the less interaction opportunity each child will get.
Daycare with 20 preschoolers and 40 school aged children:
We would recommend a 2 hour visit with 30 minutes for the preschool age children and 45 minutes for each group of 20 school aged children.
School with 4 kindergarten classes (15 in each) and 5 primary school classes (20 in each):
We would recommend 30-45 minutes per kindergarten class and 45-60 minutes per primary school class. And this would likely have to be split up into two days.
Library with a 50-person capacity
We would recommend 2 handlers for a 1.5 hour visit including a 45-60 minute presentation and a 30-45 minute meet-and greet afterwards.
Important Information, Disclaimers and Requirements
- By booking Hands on Exotics you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the requirements, conditions, and risks found here: Important Disclaimers
- Remember that each presentation includes 8-10 animals that fit the theme of the presentation but that we cannot guarantee any animal requests or tell you ahead of time exactly every single animal that will be there. The exact animals that go to each program depends on handler training and handler-animal relationships, the health and state of the animals, and many other important considerations.