We introduce retirement home residents to our very unusual animal ambassadors, bringing the animal world to their world. The oldest person we have met was 107 years of age and she was delighted to stroke Lionel the raccoon, and tickle Vincent the tortoise under his chin.
Tickling a tortoise
Coming face to face with a raccoon
We have visited about 90 retirement homes since we started four years ago, and the word is spreading about how much nursing and dementia home residents enjoy scaly, furry, feathery and creepy crawly visitors too!
Flying a barn owl
“How many legs does it have dear?”
“I’ve never touched a snake before”
“I’ve never seen snails this big before, are you sure they’re real?”
“They really aren’t sharp spikes at all”
Gili, the kookaburra about to bash his rubber snake for his audience