Animal Roadshow

Telephone: 01246 591590


The Animal Roadshow provide a range of interactive, animal presentations and workshops for schools. They have a huge variety of friendly, tame, handleable and trustworthy animals and sessions are delivered by zoologist James McKay a qualified, professional educator with enhanced CRB clearance. The Roadshow will entertain and educate your pupils while helping teachers to achieve their teaching objectives. With access to many different species the roadshow is able to cover a comprehensive range of subjects, topics and themes, allowing you to select the animals, the subject and the level of presentation.

An Animal Roadshow"General Session" remains one of the most popular options with a range of animals covering mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates; an ideal introduction to many scientific principles. The session explains the differences between these classes of animal, and also examines the adaptations that allow them to fully exploit their own ecological niche. The content has many cross-curricular links, with strong support for geography, the senses, colour and design, defence mechanisms, history, habitats, conservation, lifestyles and natural history.

Animals include Beetles Buzzards Guinea Pigs Chinchillas Cockroaches Dragons Eagles Falcons Ferrets Frogs Gerbils Giant Rats Giant Snails Giant toads Hawks Hedgehogs Iguanas Lizards Mantids Mice Millipedes Newts Owls Polecats Rabbits Rats Salamanders Scorpions Snakes Spiders Stick Insects Tarantulas Tenrecs Toads Tortoises Tree Frogs and more.

Animal Roadshow sessions are designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and are informative while also being fun, engaging, ‘hands-on’ andexciting. The educational content of each session is sound and accurate, and is always pitched at the appropriate level for the audience. Lesson plans are available for the sessions and a teacher pack is also supplied with work sheets, planning notes, and a CD-ROM of information and relevant images for the visit.



"Superb service that both informed and educated the audience."

Head teacher, junior school, Derbyshire


"Accurate and relevant information given in an entertaining and effective manner." Head teacher, primary school, Sheffield


"Well-behaved and happy animals that were a pleasure to see and handle........... the children learned a great deal from the experiences of the day." Teacher, junior school, Nottinghamshire


"Factually correct presentation, which was pitched at exactly the right level for the children." Head of science, independent preparatory school, Derbyshire


"Well planned and executed presentation..............Mr McKay ensured that all enjoyed the event ........... and no-one was placed at any risk." Deputy head teacher, secondary school, Leeds


"An excellent presentation, with a competent and appropriate delivery style. The level was exactly right for each class, and the children were very responsive. We all felt the visit was very worthwhile. Thank you for a wonderful day, and please bring The Animal Roadshow here again!" Head teacher, primary school, Staffordshire


"A very well prepared and presented lesson with lots of accurate and interesting information. All of the staff commented that they have never before seen the children so captivated. Please come back soon!" Teacher, nursery school, Lincoln


"A brilliant day, and the children never lost interest! All of the sessions were aimed at exactly the right level for the children in that class. We will be having you back for more visits and will definitely recommend The Animal Roadshow to others." Head teacher, junior school, Wiltshire


"What a superb day! Really well presented and all of the children enjoyed the hands on experiences you gave them. And such wonderful animals. It was fantastic – thank you, and please come again!" Deputy head teacher, middle school, Yorkshire


"What a marvellous day! Lots of interaction and hands-on, coupled with brilliant communication of 100% accurate information. We all learned so much! An excellent presentation! We can’t wait for your next visit!” Teacher, secondary school, Kent


"What a wonderful, hands-on and exciting way of bringing the curriculum to life in our own classrooms! And what marvellous animals!” Teacher, infant school, Derbyshire


“An exciting day for all of us – staff and pupils! Mr McKay certainly knows his stuff and how to put it across to pupils of all ages. We want The Animal Roadshow back again soon!” Head teacher, primary school, Dorset





Welfare Without compromise

Our animals are extremely important to us, and The Animal Roadshow is committed to providing a quality service to clients, while ensuring that the wellbeing of our animals is of prime importance. The following Code of Practice, to which we adhere at all times, encapsulates our company policy with relation to the use of animals in our work. As the underpinning husbandry and welfare principles for our animals, we have adopted the “THE FIVE FREEDOMS”, formulated by John Webster (Professor of Animal Husbandry at

BristolUniversity); these principles are internationally accepted as best husbandry practice:


Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.

Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment,

including shelter and a comfortable resting area.

Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and


Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - by providing sufficient space,

proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind, where appropriate.

Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment

which avoid mental suffering.

Additional Information

Telephone: 01246 591590
Listed in the following categories: * Environment and Nature
* Children's Entertainment
The area/s in which this provider is available are:East Midlands

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