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Monday, 24 July 2017 13:39

One Kegworth - A Hit With The Chicks!

 There were lots of animals involved with One Kegworth Family Fun Day in June.  There were dog shows, birds, and Kristan and the East Midlands Lion Learners animals, including Misty, the Silky Chicken, who was a real hit.  Many people…
  This is Frank, one of our giant Madagascan hissing cockroaches! They are harmless creatures, just wanting to spend their days rummaging through the forest floor feeding on bits of rotten fruit and veg.   Cockroaches, like all insects, have…
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:07

Snakes Rock!

  This pretty little reptile is Olivia she currently lives with Jack and Simon in Newcastle. We promice she's more than just a pretty face, there's a whole snake attached to that head! She's one of our many Corn Snakes here…
Saturday, 24 June 2017 18:45

She really is a funny girl, that Belle...

  This is Belle, our sweet little mini lop rabbit. Whilst she isn’t quite as spooky as our spiders or our snakes, she is scarily cute! Our bunnies can be a real terror to dandelions and front lawns, but otherwise…
Monday, 19 June 2017 16:38

a gnawty bun!

  This is Jamie, one of our lovely, super soft Rex rabbits who lives with Simon and Jack in Newcastle. Rabbits arn’t rodents, they are from a very closly related family called lagomorphs, that includes hares and pikas. Just like their…
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:08

Pappa roach and Babba roach!

  This is Roachy Balboa, one of our Madagascan gGiant hissing cockroaches. Roachy is a fussy vegetarian and has no interest in hurting you or eating your food, he just likes fruit and veg he finds on the rain forest…
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 18:34

we're bananas for buns!

  This is Belle our lovely mini lob rabbit. She lives in Newcastle with Simon and Jack, where she enjoys being cuddled and eating… well, lots of things really. She’s a very food motivated bun! But one of her favourite…
Friday, 02 June 2017 17:40

mollusc mayhem!

  Our giant African land snails have had lots, and lots, and LOTS of babies! Jack and Simon in Newcastle have 10 so far, pluss the teenagers from the last batch, and plenty of eggs left to hatch! Snails are molluscs, just like slugs,…
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 21:12

It aint over till it's over...

  This is Roachy Balboa, one of our lovley Hissing Cockroahes! You can tell Roachy is a boy because he has those two bumps on his head. Boy cockroaches have little ‘horns’ they use to head-butt each other to impress female…
Thursday, 25 May 2017 19:33

I spi-dare you not to call her cute!

  This is Muffet at the front, a baby Brazilian black tarantula, and this is Fluff at the back, a fully grown female Chillian rose tarantula. It takes years for a spider of Muffet's size to grow as big as…
Monday, 22 May 2017 15:39

a behind the scenes behind

  Have you guys ever wondered why a wild bunny has a white tail when the rest of it is brown? When you see a wild rabbit running away from you one of the first things you notice is the…
Friday, 19 May 2017 15:40

Jumping at the chance!

  This fuzzy little creature is Skitterbug, one of our charming little regal jumping spiders from Newcastle. Jumping spiders are the smartest of spiders, and among the smartest of all invertebrates. They show excellent problem solving abilities, the ability to…
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 22:17

Harriet and the cucumber

  This is Harriet, our peppy little Horsefiled's tortoise! She's still in training, but getting braver every day! Here favourite food right now is cucumber, but she can't eat too much of that- it's mostly water! Whilst it keeps her…
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:14

A shed before bed

  Rexie is our big, friendly blue tonged skink who lives with Jack and Simon in Newcastle. Rexie loves having a bath from time to time. Whilst it isn’t as important for reptiles to wash themselves as it is for…
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 19:42

Olivia's favourite food!

  This handsome little reptile is Olivia, she's one of our many Corn Snakes here at Lion Learners. All snakes are predators, but Olivia has no interest in eating people. We're much too large for her! What corn snakes like to…
Saturday, 06 May 2017 13:10

Snails galore!

  Our giant African land snails have had lots, and lots, and LOTS of babies! I have 10 so far, pluss the teenagers from the last batch, and plenty of eggs left to hatch! Snails are molluscs, just like slugs, octopus and…
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 18:17

Floppy lop summer coats

  This is Belle, our sweet little mini lop rabbit. Whilst she isn’t quite as creepy as our spiders or our snakes, she is scarily cute! Our bunnies can be a real terror to dandelions and front lawns, but otherwise they’re…
Friday, 28 April 2017 20:24

Smuag has an eye (or three) on you!

  This is Smaug, our feisty but fun bearded dragon who lives with Jack and Simon in Newcastle. Now, Smaug has his eye on me whilst I’m taking this picture, he’s quite wary thing being above him in case they might be…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:29

half-pint harriot

  This little girl is Harriet, our tiny Horsefield’s tortoise. She’s still in training, but she’s getting braver every day! Tortoises are mostly vegetarian and Harriet’s favourite food is dandelion. Many people think that tortoises evolved their shelled, rotund bodies…
  This is Jamie, one of our stupidly soft mini Rex rabbits! Rex rabbits have been bred to have some of the softest fur of all rabbits. This is caused by a mutation. Some people think that muations might give you…
Monday, 17 April 2017 17:16

Easter buns!

This is Belle, our adorable mini lop rabbit! She doesn’t like other bunnies, but she loves people. Our rabbits enjoy a diet of hay and lots of green veggies and the occasional bit of fruit. Our bunnies still deserve an…
Friday, 14 April 2017 16:59

Corn on the job

  This pretty little reptile is Olivia she currently lives with Jack and Simon in Newcastle. We promice she's more than just a pretty face, there's a whole snake attached to that head! She's one of our many Corn Snakes here…
Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:40

Leggy Milldred

  This leggy lady is Mildred, one of our wonderful giant African millipedes! Millipedes look a bit like centipedes, but they’re actually quite different. Centipedes are venomous carnivores that love gobbling small animals, whereas millipedes are peaceful herbivores and scavengers,…
Sunday, 09 April 2017 18:32

Awesome arachnids!

  This is Fluff, our Chilean rose tarantula. Many people think that fluff is an insect, but that’s not the case- she is in fact an arachnid! Arachnids are part of the same group as insects called arthropods. This group…
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 22:04

Soft but bossy

  This cute little girl is Jamie, our beautiful miniature rex rabbit! Rex Rabbits have been bred to have some of the softest fur of all rabbits. This is caused by a mutation. Some people think that muations might give…
Sunday, 02 April 2017 11:12

This post might dragon a bit

  This is Smaug, our feisty but fun bearded dragon who lives with Jack and Simon in Newcastle. Now, Smaug has his eye on me whilst I’m taking this picture, he’s quite wary thing being above him in case they might be…
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 17:47

bun bums!

  Have you guys ever wondered why a wild bunny has a white tail when the rest of it is brown? When you see a wild rabbit running away from you one of the first things you notice is the…
Monday, 27 March 2017 12:41

Olivia Rocks!

  This is Olivia, one of our pretty little corn snakes. Corn snakes come from North America, particularly the vast cornfields they have over there, thus the species name. They use the stem of the corn to climb their way…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:20

Beauty in a beast!

  This fluffy bunny is Belle, our lovely mini lop rabbit. She lives with Jack and Simon in Newcastle. There are many different kinds of rabbit breeds out there, such as the super soft rex rabbits, the tiny Netherland dwarf…
Monday, 20 March 2017 17:59

A Chilean rose by any other name...

  This is Fluff, one of our Chilean rose tarantulas. Chilean rose tarantulas are known for their docile temperament and their pinkish hair, which is a rosy colour in direct sunlight. Despite this, some people see our fluffy, pink tarantulas…
Saturday, 18 March 2017 19:44

A new sherif in Chatsworth!

  This handsome chap is Beardy the bearded dragon! Beardy appeared in Chatsworth and was happy to be gently stroked by everyone- so long as there weren’t any no good varmints in the audience! Hailing from the hot, dry areas…
Monday, 13 March 2017 08:58

Acer Court Care Home, Nottingham

One of the most rewarding parts of a Lion Learner's presenters job is taking animals into care homes where the residents can meet some familiar animals and something they might not have come accross before. Over the lest few weeks…
Our East Midlands presenter Kristan has this to say about our half term visits to Chatsworth House Farmyard: "We had a fun time as always at Chatsworth House farmyard over February half term. Between Rachael, Alex and myself we were there…
Sunday, 12 March 2017 20:58

Science Week 2017

It's Science Week which always means a busy week for the Lion Learners presenters. Kristan has a varied week with classes from foundation stage through to year 7 at three schools in Leicester and Nottinghamshire. David is re-visiting his Science…
Sunday, 05 March 2017 23:25

Scaly sausages?!

  Rexie is our big, friendly blue tonged skink who lives with Jack and Simon in Newcastle. Rexie loves having a bath from time to time. Whilst it isn’t as important for reptiles to wash themselves as it is for…
Thursday, 02 March 2017 21:44

Cleaning Ms. Daisy

  This is Daisy, one of our horrifying long haired Guinea pigs!  What’s so scary about our cute little Guinea pig you ask? Clearly you’ve never had to clean them out. Our guinea pigs need a lot of special attention,…
Monday, 27 February 2017 19:54

Jackrabbit!

  This is our rabbit, Jack. Jack is actually a Mini Rex Rabbit rather than a Jackrabbit, like Bugs Bunny or Officer Hopps.. A jackrabbit isn’t actually a rabbit at all, but a wild hare from North America.   Rex…
Friday, 24 February 2017 21:20

Ex-extinct!

This is Crestina, one of our pretty little Crested Geckos. We’re very lucky to work with these friendly lizards at lion learners, they were once so elusive in their homeland of New Caledonia that they were thought extinct ! Their…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 22:01

Sssnakey sssencesss

  Here Laura is holding Poppy, one of our lovely royal pythons. Snakes aren’t known for their eyesight, many of them hunt in complete darkness, so they rely on other senses. Snakes have a forked tongue that they use to…
Sunday, 19 February 2017 19:35

Piggum's nosing about!

  This is Chief Piggum, a cute little Western Hognose Snake from North America. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that his little nose is upturned, just like a pig snout, thus his name and the…
Friday, 17 February 2017 23:36

Nigel's noms

  This handsome little reptile is Nigel, he's one of our many Corn Snakes here at Lion Learners. All snakes are predators, but Nigel has no interest in eating people. We're much too large for him! What corn snakes like to…
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 21:17

Benedict's in the cucumber patch?!

  This is Benedict, one of our lovely little horsfield tortoises. Tortoises are reptiles, just like our snakes and bearded dragons. Our tortoises love to dig! When its warm enough outside we make sure to put our tortoises on the…
Sunday, 12 February 2017 18:38

The power to wheak!

  These two startled looking furballs are Molly and Lilly, two of our lovely guinea pigs! Our guinea pigs regularly purr, growl, chunner and chirp with each other to communicate different things, and they squeak the house down when it’s…
Friday, 10 February 2017 22:51

Smiling sunny!

  This smiling critter is Sunny, one of our lovely bearded dragons! Bearded dragons are lizards that come from Australia. There are many types of dragon lizards, such as the water dragon, frilled dragon and the painted dragon. Bearded dragons…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 23:30

Those toes though

This beautiful girl is Crestina, one of our lovely crested geckos. Like many other species of gecko, crested geckos have very special toes. Ther toes are big and flat and allow them to stick to almost any surface! Their toes…
Monday, 06 February 2017 22:09

Nice little Nina

  This is Nina, one of our gentle giant hissing cockroaches from Madagascar. You can tell Nina is a girl because she has a smooth head. Boy cockroaches have little ‘horns’ they use to head-butt each other to impress female…
Saturday, 04 February 2017 17:43

Goo lovin' Gwen!

  This pretty little lizard is Gwen, one of our lovely little crested geckos. They’re less than half the size of our bearded dragons, but still full of fun and personality! As a group, lizards are mostly carnivores, most of…
Friday, 03 February 2017 18:29

Gorgeous Geckos!

  This is James, one of our charming little leopard geckos! Geckos are a huge group of lizards that come in many shapes and sizes, from the big, frightening barking tokays to the miniscule dwarf geckos that could happily sit…
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:40

Bun-gnaws!

  This is Lexi, one of our lovely, super soft Rex rabbits. Rabbits arn’t rodents, they are from a very closly related family called lagomorphs, that includes hares and pikas. Just like their rodent cousins thoug, rabbits have a similar tooth…
Saturday, 28 January 2017 21:03

Ron and Freddie the roaches!

  This is Ron And Freddie, two of our handsome Giant hissing cockroach boys! You can tell they’re males because of the little horns they have on their heads, females have much smoother, shinier heads. The males use these horns to…
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 22:18

Rosie is feeling a little Chile...

  This is Rosie, one of our Chilean Rose tarantulas. Her species origionally comes from Chile, a country much warmer than the UK, so we have to keep them nice and warm during the winter. Tarantulas are actually very shy…
Monday, 23 January 2017 19:47

peru piggies!

  These two furry potatos are Ronnie and Reggie, two of our lovely guinea pigs. Our guinea pigs are rodents, just like rats and mice. Ronnie and Reggie are vegetarians and they particularly like hay. In the wild, savage packs…
If your library is getting involved with the Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge this year, Lion Learners have the perfect animal activity for your library to offer as part of your summer holiday fun. Lion Learners will visit your library…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:00

Vegetarians in disguise!

  This handsome creature is Alice, our giant African millipede. Many people think that our millipedes are centipedes when they first meet them. It's an easy mistake to make, but centipedes have less legs and are active and aggressive carnivores,…
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 20:36

Jamie, queen of the rabbits!

This is Jamie, one of our stupidly soft mini Rex rabbits! Rex rabbits have been bred to have some of the softest fur of all rabbits. This is caused by a mutation. Some people think that muations might give you super…
Saturday, 07 January 2017 22:16

Enough Fluff?

  Whilst Ben looks a bit like a mouse that could spend a few more hours in his spin when, this chubby fluffball is actually something far more exotic; a chinchilla! Chinchillas are rodents, just like mice, rats and guinea…
Thursday, 05 January 2017 18:21

There is something fishy about Nancy...

  This is Nancy, our pretty chequered garter snake. Our garter snakes are a little bit odd when it comes to their lunch times. Most of our snakes like a nice tasty mouse or rat- but not Nancy! Nancy likes…
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 17:54

floppy lops!

  This fluffy bunnie is Belle, our lovely mini lop rabbit. There are many different kinds of rabbit breeds out there, such as the super soft rex rabbits, the tiny Netherland dwarf rabbits and the super hairy angora rabbits. Lop…
Thursday, 29 December 2016 17:41

Nigel's tongue

  This is Nigel, one of our stunningly beautiful corn snakes. Snakes have a weird way of finding their prey- they taste their way towards their prey using their tongue! This is why a snake is constantly flicking it’s tongue…
Tuesday, 27 December 2016 16:55

Gastro gastropods

  This is Shelly, one of our lovely Giant African land snails. Snails are classed as Gastropods, wich means stomoach foot, on acount of thier slimy belly acting as a 'foot' as they slither along. Snails have teeny tiny eyes on…
Thursday, 22 December 2016 17:27

crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside

This hairy but not-so-scary girl is Polly, one of our pretty Chilean rose tarantulas. Tarantulas are invertebrates; this means that they don’t have bones in their bodies. But unlike a slug or an earth worm our tarantulas aren’t soft and…
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:10

Oh my gosh, look at her butt!

  Have you ever wondered why a wild bunny has a white tail when the rest of it is brown? When you see a wild rabbit running away from you one of the first things you notice is the little white…
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:10

Oh my gosh, look at her butt!

  Have you ever wondered why a wild bunny has a white tail when the rest of it is brown? When you see a wild rabbit running away from you one of the first things you notice is the little white…
Sunday, 18 December 2016 23:59

Allice in leggy land!

  This is Allice, one of our giant African millipedes. Many people think that Allice is a centipede when they first meet her. It's an easy mistake to make, but centipedes have less legs and are active and aggressive carnivores, our…
Saturday, 17 December 2016 23:29

by the scales on my chinny-chin-chin!

  This is Sunny, one of our lovely bearded dragons.  Whilst Sunny looks a little bit scary, he’s actually a great big softie. Most bearded dragons have lovely temperaments and aren’t easily irritated, making them perfect for interacting with children.…
Saturday, 17 December 2016 10:56

Prickly pals!

  This is Harry, one of our wonderful little African pygmy hedgehogs! They’re quite different to our European hedgehogs; they’re much smaller, lighter and like to be much warmer. It’s unlikely you’d see a European hedgehog at this time of…
Saturday, 17 December 2016 10:56

Prickly pals!

  This is Harry, one of our wonderful little African pygmy hedgehogs! They’re quite different to our European hedgehogs; they’re much smaller, lighter and like to be much warmer. It’s unlikely you’d see a European hedgehog at this time of…
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 21:16

Alfie the roach

  This is Alfie, one of our interesting little Giant Cave Cockroaches. These guys get a bit of a bad reputation, but they’re actually very clean animals. In the jungles of south America you’ll find these creatures inhabiting the floors…
Monday, 12 December 2016 22:19

Dragon blood!

      This is William, one of our handsome bearded dragons. Like most reptiles, William is cold blooded. This means that he cannot directly control his body temperature like we can. When we’re cold we start to shiver to…
Saturday, 10 December 2016 22:57

Lexi's coat

This is Lexi, one of our stupidly soft mini Rex rabbits! Rex rabbits have been bred to have some of the softest fur of all rabbits. This is caused by a mutation. Some people think that muations might give you…
Friday, 09 December 2016 13:35

Animal Visit for Wigan School

Willow Grove Primary School - Wigan, Manchester Our North West area presenter, Alex, took her mobile zoo along to Willow Grove School in Wigan.  The children were studying an animal topic, so what better than an animal experience visit?  Alex…
Thursday, 08 December 2016 19:17

eggcelent

Whilst these thingies might look like mouldy sugar puffs, they are in fact perfectly formed Leaf Insect eggs! The spines on these eggs are thought to be able to attach themselves to passing animals, just like Velcro on a shoe.…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 21:49

More Baby bugs!

  This is one of our brand new baby Leaf Insects! They're very similar to stick insects, but they're, y'know, shaped like leaves. They eat bramble and rose leaves in captivity, and sometimes the babies need us to cut the thicker…
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:28

rat reading time!

  This is Incy, one of our lovely rats here at lion learners! Rats might have tiny little heads and tiny little brains, but they're actually super smart! They have complex problem solving skills and that makes them perfect behavioural…
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:28

rat reading time!

  This is Incy, one of our lovely rats here at lion learners! Rats might have tiny little heads and tiny little brains, but they're actually super smart! They have complex problem solving skills and that makes them perfect behavioural…
Saturday, 26 November 2016 19:13

pigs in pairs!

  These two startled looking furballs are Molly and Lilly, two of our lovely guinea pigs! Our guinea pigs regularly purr, growl, chunner and chirp with each other to communicate different things, and they squeak the house down when it’s…
Saturday, 26 November 2016 14:48

Lets shed some light on the matter...

  Our presenter appears to be holding an albino scorpion in this pic, but there’s more than meets the eye to this creepy critter! This is actually an ordinarily coloured Asian forest scorpion. Under normal circumstances they appear to be…
Saturday, 26 November 2016 14:48

Lets shed some light on the matter...

  Our presenter appears to be holding an albino scorpion in this pic, but there’s more than meets the eye to this creepy critter! This is actually an ordinarily coloured Asian forest scorpion. Under normal circumstances they appear to be…
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:14

Buzz the rat

This curious critter is Buzz, one of our cute little fancy rats here at lion learners who are always curious about new things they find, especially if they're shiny, like the lens of a camera! A lot of people are scared…
Sunday, 20 November 2016 22:35

Custodians of the caves!

This is Gunter, one of our lovely cave cockroaches! These guys get a bit of a bad reputation, but they’re actually very clean animals. In the jungles of south America you’ll find these creatures inhabiting the floors of caves that…
Friday, 18 November 2016 23:50

leggy couple!

  This is Maud and her boyfriend, Fred, two of our amazing giant African millipedes. Many people think that our millipedes are centipedes when they first meet them. It's an easy mistake to make, but centipedes have less legs and…
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 22:11

Here be dragons!

  This is William, one of our lovely bearded dragons! Bearded dragons are lizards that come from Australia. There are many types of dragon lizards, such as the water dragon, frilled dragon and the painted dragon. Bearded dragons are the…
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:42

Ludicrously soft Lewis!

  This is Lewis,  our beautiful miniature rex rabbit! Rex Rabbits have been bred to have some of the softest fur of all rabbits. This is caused by a mutation. Some people think that muations might give you super powers, like in…
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:42

Ludicrously soft Lewis!

  This is Lewis,  our beautiful miniature rex rabbit! Rex Rabbits have been bred to have some of the softest fur of all rabbits. This is caused by a mutation. Some people think that muations might give you super powers, like in…
Saturday, 12 November 2016 18:27

Spotted!

  This is James, one of our charming little leopard geckos! Geckos are a huge group of lizards that come in many shapes and sizes, from the big, frightening barking tokays to the miniscule dwarf geckos that could happily sit…
Thursday, 10 November 2016 19:13

fluffy ben!

  Whilst Ben looks a bit like a mouse that could spend a few more hours in it's spin when, this chubby fluff-ball is actually something far more exotic; a chinchilla! Chinchillas are rodents, just like mice, rats and guinea…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 18:03

Shell shock!

  This is Shelly, one of our slimy but sublime-y giant African land snails! They’re lovley animals that don’t want for much, only warmth, damp, vegies and concrete. Wait, what? Whilst our snails aren’t a threat to your home, in…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 18:03

Shell shock!

  This is Shelly, one of our slimy but sublime-y giant African land snails! They’re lovley animals that don’t want for much, only warmth, damp, vegies and concrete. Wait, what? Whilst our snails aren’t a threat to your home, in…
Monday, 07 November 2016 18:37

liz's chin fuzz

  This is Liz, one of our lovely bearded dragons.  Whilst Liz looks a little bit scary, she’s actually a great big softie. Most bearded dragons have lovely temperaments and aren’t easily irritated, making them perfect for interacting with children.…
Sunday, 06 November 2016 19:56

Nigel The White

  Nigel the corn snake might look like he’s a little pale, but he’s actually perfectly healthy. Nigel is what we call an albino snake. He has a mutation that prevents him from creating pigment, giving him a very pale…
Friday, 04 November 2016 22:06

two buns are better than one!

  These two cuddly characters are Fred and George, two mischievous rabbits who get up to as much mischief as their namesakes.  Rabbits are social creatures, living in large groups in the wild, and benefit from the company of other…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 21:50

Sunny in November

  This is Sunny, one of our devilishly handsome little bearded dragons! Bearded dragons are lizards that come from Australia. There are many types of dragon lizards, such as the water dragon, frilled dragon and the painted dragon. Bearded dragons…
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 11:04

Hedgehog fire saftey

This is Harry, one of our lovely little African pygmy hedgehogs! They’re quite different to our hedgehogs. They’re much smaller and paler and, most importantly, they don’t hibernate. Our native European hedgehogs will spend the winter tucked away somewhere snug,…
Monday, 31 October 2016 15:00

terrifying tarantulas

  Happy Halloween everyone! We all hope you have a spooktacular day, and if you can handle my frighteningly bad puns I'm sure you can handle looking at one of our scariest creatures; our tarantula! Tarantulas are actually very shy…
Sunday, 30 October 2016 16:55

Halloween millipedes!

  This leggy lady is Alice, one of our wonderful giant African millipedes! Millipedes look a bit like centipedes, but they’re actually quite different. Centipedes are venomous carnivores that love gobbling small animals, whereas millipedes are peaceful herbivores and scavengers,…
Friday, 28 October 2016 07:43

Halloween Happenings in Lancashire

The Lion Learners Lancashire Mobile Petting Zoo has a wickedly wonderful weekend planned in Blackburn on Saturday and Preston on Sunday. On Saturday, 29th October between 1pm-3pm our reptiles and bugs will be having a party at the Room on the…
Thursday, 27 October 2016 21:27

Scary snakes!

  This is Sebastian, one of our handsome cornsnakes. Cornsnakes come from North America, particularly the vast cornfields they have over there, thus the species name. They use the stem of the corn to climb there way up and wait…
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 17:29

Horror film stars!

These are two of our handsome Giant hissing cockroach boys! You can tell they’re males because of the little horns they have on their heads, females have much smoother, shinier heads. The males use these horns to head but each…
Monday, 24 October 2016 19:51

Batty bunnies!

This is Belle, our sweet little mini lop rabbit. Whilst she isn’t quite as spooky as our spiders or our snakes, she is scarily cute! Our bunnies can be a real terror to dandelions and front lawns, but otherwise they’re…
Saturday, 22 October 2016 17:16

ghastly garter snakes!

  This is Nancy, one of our lovely chequered garter snakes. Our garter snakes are a bit thinner and more delicate than our chunky corn snakes, thus why they’re named after garter belts. Whilst we feed our corn snakes mice…
Thursday, 20 October 2016 20:58

A spectre calls...

  This is Stanley, one of our giant prickly stick insects! Also know as Macleay's spectres, the iant prickly stick insect avoids it's natural predators in Australia, such as our lovely bearded dragons, by pretending she’s a dried up leaf. Many…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:04

A spooky mouthful!

  This is Sebastian, one of our lovinly creepy Corn Snakes. Cornsnakes are known to be good pets because of thier docile nature, friendly temperament and easy dietry needs. However, this means having a freezer full of frozen mice, but…
Sunday, 16 October 2016 21:00

Cards Against Cancer and a Need for Speed!

  Lion Learners Newcastle had an excellent time at the Cards against Cancer fund raiser today! Our animals made a lot of new friends today, from tiny tots to elegant princesses, and made a lot of children and adults very…
Friday, 14 October 2016 20:56

Repugnant Rats!

  This is Kristan, one of our cute little fancy rats here at lion learners. A lot of people are scared of rats and see them as disgusting disease filled bitey things, but nothing could be further from the truth…
Thursday, 13 October 2016 15:08

Petrifying piggies!

This is Diasy, one of our horrifying long haired Guinea pigs!  What’s so scary about our cute little Guinea pig you ask? Clearly you’ve never had to clean them out. Our guinea pigs need a lot of special attention, with…
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:18

Fangs for clicking!

This is Rosie, one of our Chilean rose tarantulas. Chilean rose tarantulas are known for their docile temperament and their pinkish hair, which is a rosy colour in direct sunlight. Despite this, some people see our fluffy, pink tarantulas as…
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 21:22

A wizard lizard!

This is Clair, one of our wierd and wonderful blue tongued skinks! They called that because ( yep, you guessed it) they have bright blue tounges! They are Diurnal (day active) omnivores, eating insects, small animals and tasty looking plants…
Monday, 10 October 2016 19:29

Halloween Creepy Crawlies!

  This cute couple are Maud and Frankie, two of our creepy crawly giant millipedes! Millipedes are mostly herbivorous and feed on plant detritus left on rainforest floors. Centipedes, who have less legs, are carnivores and eat other animals. Our…
Friday, 07 October 2016 15:41

scary snakes!

  This is Sebastian, one of our handsome cornsnakes. Cornsnakes come from North America, particularly the vast cornfields they have over there, thus the species name. They use the stem of the corn to climb there way up and wait…
Thursday, 06 October 2016 16:38

Spooky spiders!

  This is Fluff, one of our hairy and scary Chillian rose tarantulas! Whilst a lot of people are terrified of tarantulas and see them as man eating toxic monsters nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, what…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:45

Pale snail!

  This is Shelly, one of our lovely giant African land snails. Our snails are greedy little vegetarians, who enjoy all kinds of fruits and vegetables, ranging from carrots to apples, to cabbage. Cucumber is a particular favourite, thought they…
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:49

What a wheak...

This us Arthur, one of our gorgeous short haired Guinea pigs. Anyone who keeps guinea pigs knows that they are very vocal animals – for better or for worse! Our guinea pigs regularly purr, growl, chunner and chirp with each…
Monday, 03 October 2016 11:07

Bunny noms

  Our cute little bunnies, like Jack here, are herbivores, this means that they only eat plants. We give our rabbits a varied diet of vegetables, like carrot, cabbage and celery, but also a huge amount of hay too. Hay is…
Saturday, 01 October 2016 18:06

Grow some backbone! Or don't...

This is Frank, one of our fantastically cool Madagascan giant hissing cockroaches. Frank likes to eat his fruit and veg and doesn’t concern himself with the other food humans have hidden away like some other types of cockroach. Cockroaches are…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 11:44

Animal Handling in Bolton Schools

Bolton Brow Primary Academy Alex is our presenter for the North West.  Alex and her Lion Learners animals visit schools around the North West, including Bolton, Bury, Wigan, Blackburn and Preston.   Bolton Brow Academy loved their visit from Alex.…
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 18:34

Telling the tooth!

  This is Theo, one of our lovely little rabbits here at Lion Learners. If you have a pet bunny you’ll probably notice that their favourite things to do are get into trouble and chew on things. Rabbits teeth never…
Monday, 26 September 2016 14:55

Here's looking at you, kid!

  This fuzzle little creature is Skitterbug, one of our charming little regal jumping spiders from Newcastle. Jumping spiders are the smartest of spiders, and among the smartest of all invertebrates. They show excellent problem solving abilities, the ability to…
Friday, 23 September 2016 20:45

snake eyes!?

  This is Sebastian, one of our handsome and friendly corn snakes. Have you ever seen a corn snake blink? No? Well that's because snakes have no eyelids! Unlike our soft, squishy bits of skin that protects our eyes and…
Thursday, 22 September 2016 18:53

Prickly pets!

  This is Harry, one of our adorable African pygmy hedgehogs. These cute little critters are the kind most likely to be kept as pets in the UK. These guys aren’t the same as our wild hedehogs, they’re much smaller…
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 17:12

Great big softy!

Whilst it looks a bit like a mouse that could spend a few more hours in it's spin when, this chubby fluffball is actually something far more exotic; a chinchilla! Chinchillas are rodents, just like mice, rats and guinea pigs.…
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:36

weirdy beardy

  This is Sunny, one of our charming bearded dragons. They're just funny looking lizards, they don't actually breath fire. Well, not when we're watching anyway. Hailing from the hot, dry areas of Austrailia, Bearded Dragons have to make do…
Monday, 19 September 2016 18:20

Rat tales!

  This is Incy, one of our charming little Fancy Rats at Lion Learners. Like our hissing cockroaches, a lot of people associate rats with pests and disease- but nothing could be further from the truth with our fancy pet…
Friday, 16 September 2016 14:52

on the web

This is Fluff, she is one of our Chilean Rose tarantula spiders.  The most commonly seen spiders in the UK are garden orb weaver spiders. They’re often seen as chubby blobs sat in a web waiting for prey to come…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:45

Fuzzy bunnies

  This cute little girl is Jamie, our beautiful miniature rex rabbit! Rex Rabbits have been bred to have some of the softest fur of all rabbits. This is caused by a mutation. Some people think that muations might give…
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:14

How corny!

This handsome little reptile is Olivia. She's one of our many Corn Snakes here at Lion Learners. All snakes are predators, but Olivia has no interest in eating people. We're much too large for her! What corn snakes like to…
Monday, 12 September 2016 16:07

psst I'm not a pest!

  This is Roachy Balboa, a Madagascan giant hissing cockroach.  A lot of people are frightened of cockroaches because they think they’re all pests that pinch our foodstuffs and invade our homes, but that’s simply not the case. It’s only…
Saturday, 10 September 2016 14:38

Legs to spare

This is Mildred, one of our giant African millipedes. Many people think that Mildred is a centipede when they first meet her. It's an easy mistake to make, but centipedes have less legs and are active and aggressive carnivores, our…
Friday, 09 September 2016 17:01

I've got my eyes on you...

  This is Smaug, our feisty but fun bearded dragon from Newcastle. Now, Smaug has his eye on me whilst I’m taking this picture, he’s quite wary thing being above him in case they might be a large bird of…
Thursday, 08 September 2016 18:19

Can you pig it?

  This girl might resemble a furry potato doing a Donald Trump impression, but it's actually a guinea pig called Daisy. Daisy stays with the Lion Learners in Newcastle with her sister Pixie. She likes carrots, chocolate buttons, hiding in…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:10

Baby Boom! (continued)

  Our giant African land snails have had lots, and lots, and LOTS of babies! I have 12 so far and plenty of eggs left to hatch! Snails are molluscs, just like slugs, octopus and squid. Whilst they have no…
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 11:22

Can you dig it?

This is Chief Piggum, a cute little Western Hognose Snake from North America. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that his little nose is upturned, just like a pigs snout, thus his name and the species…
Monday, 05 September 2016 13:41

Baby boom!

    This cute little critter is a baby giant prickly stick insect. Stick insects come in many shapes and sizes and are found in the hotter places of the world, from Europe to New Zealand, but are much more…
Saturday, 03 September 2016 14:00

Rabbit Tales!

l   Have you guys ever wondered why a wild bunny has a white tail when the rest of it is brown? When you see a wild rabbit running away from you one of the first things you notice is…
Friday, 02 September 2016 11:24

From itsy bitsy to hairy scary!

  This is Muffet at the front, a baby Brazilian black tarantula, and this is Fluff at the back, a fully grown female Chillian rose tarantula. It takes years for a spider of Muffet's size to grow as big as…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:17

A skink in the sink?

  Rexie is our big, friendly blue tonged skink who lives with Jack and Simon in Newcastle. Rexie loves having a bath from time to time. Whilst it isn’t as important for reptiles to wash themselves as it is for…
Thursday, 21 July 2016 13:11

Library Events - Summer Reading Challenge

Lion Learners will be visiting libraries across the country over the summer holidays, with our exciting Roald Dahl session, planned to fit in with the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge is a reading initiative run…
Monday, 30 November 2015 20:27

Monday Review 30/11/2015

Presenters Kristan and Alex visited Sherard Primary School in Melton Mobray this week to deliver the first of our Christmas sessions. Kristan reported back that the kids loved it! (There's still itme to book a Christmas session if you're quick!) They…
Monday, 30 November 2015 20:26

Monday Review 23/11/2015

We started off the week on a high this week with the whole Lion Learners crew meeting up for our Christmas meal. It was great to see everyone (we get together so rarely) although it was sad to goodbye to…
Monday, 30 November 2015 20:25

Monday Review 16/11/2015

David was back at Ashdon Nursery near Saffron Walden this week for another visit. Annette, the nursery manager, emailed us to say "What a fantastic time the children had yesterday with your wonderful animals, thanks so much." We'll be back…
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 20:24

Ben the Chinchilla

Lion Learners are running a drawing competition for primary school and nursery children. Entries are welcome from individuals or schools. Children need to draw one of the Lion Learners animals to be in with a chance of winning a drawing…
Monday, 26 October 2015 22:54

Monday Review 26/10/2015

It was half term last week in Leicestershire which meant Kristan had a busy week with visits to regulars The Green Place, New Park Adventure Playground and Mowmacre Hill Adventure Playground! Elsewhere sessions were still taking place in schools. we've had…
Thursday, 22 October 2015 19:23

Year 6 Curriculum Sessions From Lion Learners

Today we take a closer look at the Lion Learners new science curriculum workshop for year 6. The new year 6 science curriculum contains a lot of biology content. The children learn about the classification of living things, habitat adaption…
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:11

Millie the Millepede

If you are entering our drawing competition, you might like to draw Millie, one of our Giant African Millipedes. You can even draw her some shoes if you like! For details visit this page. The competition is open to all children of…
Monday, 19 October 2015 19:18

Monday Review 19/10/2015

During last week Rachael visited Richmond Hill Primary School in Doncaster delivering a curriculum session on Classification while Jack and Simon were at Gailey Lodge Care Home in Whitley Bay visiting the residents there. Meanwhile David was at the second…
Friday, 16 October 2015 14:57

Look Ahead to Next Week

You can always check our upcoming events on our events page, but here's a look ahead to what public events you can see Lion Learners at this week. This Saturday you can see the Lion Learners animals at Ramsey Library.…
Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:54

Year 5 Curriculum Sessions From Lion Learners

Today we take a closer look at the Lion Learners new science curriculum workshop for year 5. The year 5 curriculum focuses on the life cycles of a mammal, amphibian and invertebrate, as well as the life processes and reproduction…
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:08

Animal Profile - Buzz the Rat

Say hello to little Buzz! Buzz is a Fancy Rat who lives with his friend Woody at Lion Learners East Midlands. Buzz and Woody are very nosy boys who are interested in everything. Buzz would love to see some pictures…
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 12:52

Animal Profile - Nancy the Guinea Pig

Meet Nancy, our bossy guinea pig! Nancy likes to spend her time eating and looking after her best friend, Peggy. For details of how to enter your drawings of Nancy in to our competition, visit this page. The competition is open to…
This week's Worksheet of the Week is part of the Year 4 Curriculum pack you'll find on the Downloads page of our website. There are a number of worksheets that you may wish to use before or after the session, either…
Monday, 12 October 2015 22:39

Monday Review 12/10/2015

It's been another super busy weekend for the Lion Learners crew with five parties accross the country. Holly from David's party in Little Downham near Ely got in youch to say, "I wanted to say thank you very much for…
This is Fluff, one of our Tarantulas. She feels very soft and gentle on your hand, not scary at all. She does have 8 eyes though, so she is always watching you! For details of how to enter your drawings…
Friday, 09 October 2015 19:59

Animal Profile - Tim the Herman's Tortoise

This is Tim, our Hermann's tortoise. Tim, and his sister Topsy are 10 years old, and their favourite food is watercress! If your children want to draw Tim as their entry in to our competition, visit this page. The competition…
Thursday, 08 October 2015 13:14

Year 4 Curriculum Sessions From Lion Learners

Today we continue our closer look at the Lion Learners new science curriculum workshops with year 4. As part of the new curriculum children in year 4 look again at food chains and how a producer, prey and predator in…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:39

Animal Profile - Olivia the Corn Snake

Our lovely corn snake Olivia, would love to see some drawings of her entered in to our competition! Olivia is very calm and gentle, and very good at putting nervous people at ease! For details of our drawing competition, visit this…
Today's photo shows our hissing cockroaches, Boris 1 and Boris 2! Hissing cockroaches come from Madagascar, and can make quite a loud hiss by pushing air through their spiracles (breathing holes). If your children want to draw a picture of…
This week's Worksheet of the Week is part of the Year 3 Curriculum pack you'll find on the Downloads page of our website. There are a number of worksheets that you may wish to use before or after the session, either…
Monday, 05 October 2015 19:28

Animal Profile - Belle the Rabbit

  Here is our picture of the day, to inspire your children with their drawing for our competition, This is Belle, our beautiful, well behaved rabbit, who loves to be stroked. For details of our drawing competition, visit this page.…
Monday, 05 October 2015 19:24

Monday Review 05/10/2015

Lion Learners were at three parties this weekend including one for Kristan for which she received this review: "Thank you so much for today- all the children and parents thought all your animals were amazing." Kristan has been busy this…
  If your children are entering our drawing competition, they might like to think about drawing our nosy pygmy hedgehog, Zorro. Zorro just loves to explore! For details of our competition, please visit our this page. You can download profiles…
Thursday, 01 October 2015 21:17

Year 3 Curriculum Sessions From Lion Learners

Today we continue our closer look at the Lion Learners new science curriculum workshops with year 3. Children in year 3 learn that some animals are vertebrates and they have skeleton and muscles for support, protection and movement. During the…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 21:19

Guinea Pigs are Great

Say hello to Molly and Lily, two beautiful Abyssinian guinea pigs! Abyssinian refers to the rather quirky hair style these girls are sporting. Where we usually have one crown on our scalp, these girls have several crowns dotted around their…
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:41

Monday Review 28/09/2015

Some lovely reviews this week including this one from Woodlawn School in Monkseaton, "The pupils all had a great experience - we have lots of evidence and have posted the photos on our Facebook and they will be added to…
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 21:14

Worksheet of the Week - Year 2 Food Chains

This week's Worksheet of the Week is part of the Year 2 Workshop 2 Curriculum pack you'll find on the Downloads page of our website. There are a number of worksheets that you may wish to use before or after the…
Friday, 25 September 2015 16:26

Look Ahead to Next Week

You can always check our upcoming events on our events page, but here's a look ahead to what public events you can see Lion Learners at this week. This Saturday you can see the Lion Learners animals at Soham Pumpkin…
As promised we continue our closer look at the Lion Learners new science curriculum workshops with the second workshop for year 2. As we said last time the new year 2 science curriculum has so much 'Animals including humans' and…
Thursday, 24 September 2015 11:52

A Great Day at Withernsea Carnival

Over the summer, Rachael and her animals had a great day at Withernsea Carnival, East Yorkshire.  We were in the Lighthouse Gardens, and plenty of people came out to see us, we were busy all day. Jacob Birch was photographer…
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 17:40

Christmas

Lion Learners have our very own Christmas story to share with your children, featuring our  animals!  This is a perfect Christmas animal experience. Lionel the lion is handing out his Christmas presents to all the animals, but the presents get…
This week's Worksheet of the Week is part of the Year 2 Workshop 1 Curriculum pack you'll find on the Downloads page of our website. There are a number of worksheets that you may wish to use before or after…
Monday, 21 September 2015 11:47

Monday Review 21/09/2015

Kristan had some excellent feedback from Cavendish Close Infant School in Derby where she visited on Monday. Simon, the year 1 teacher got in touch to say, "Thanks very much for Monday's animal visit. The children loved it! Thank you…
Sunday, 20 September 2015 11:49

Animal Profile - Rocky the Corn Snake

All our presenters have beautiful corn snakes that come along on visits with us. Today's blog focuses on Rocky who belongs to Rachael, our North Lincolnshire presenter. Here is Rocky's profile: You can download profiles of all our animals on…
Friday, 18 September 2015 09:59

Look Ahead to Next Week

You can always check our upcoming events on our events page, but here's a look ahead to what public events you can see Lion Learners at this week. We start off this coming weekend where you can see the Lion…
This week we continue our closer look at the Lion Learners new science curriculum workshops with year 2. The new year 2 science curriculum has so much 'Animals including humans' and 'Living things and their habitats' content that we have…
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 21:22

Look Ahead to Halloween

As usual our presenters and scary animals are looking forward to a busy half term. We've got Halloween parties booked in, including one at North Lincolnshire museum. We will also be at various children's centres in Peterborough throughout the week…
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 09:10

Worksheet of the Week - Year 1 Sorting Activity

This week's Worksheet of the Week is part of the Year 1 Curriculum pack you'll find on the Downloads page of our website. There are two cut and stick worksheets that you may wish to use before or after the…
Monday, 14 September 2015 09:22

Monday Review 14/09/2015

We've had a fun week here at Lion Learners particularly this weekend as we've been busy up in the North-East with events and we've been to five parties across the country. But first, it's been a good week for care…
Sunday, 13 September 2015 19:44

Bearded Dragons - The Bearded Beauties

Introducing William the Bearded Dragon! Native to Australia, bearded dragons are cold-blooded lizards. They spend most of their time lazing around in the sunshine before heading out to catch some lunch. Our bearded dragons enjoy a diet of mixed salad…
Saturday, 12 September 2015 09:43

Summer Reading Challenge Review

We have had a great summer visiting libraries all over the country to promote this years 'Summer Reading Challenge'. The theme this year was 'Record Breakers' and we brought along loads of our amazing animals including a few record breaking…
Friday, 11 September 2015 08:01

All About Rabbits

Here at Lion Learners we have lots of rabbits! They are all different shapes, sizes and colours and they all love cuddles. Rabbits are an important part of each Lion Learners show as they are usually our introductory animal. Most…
Thursday, 10 September 2015 08:08

Year 1 Curriculum Sessions From Lion Learners

With schools back after the summer break we are going to take a closer look over the next 6 weeks at the Lion Learners new curriculum science sessions.This week we start with year 1 and meet some of the animals…
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 09:09

Millipedes

This blog post introduces our creepy-crawly friend, Millie the Giant African Train Millipede! This type of millipede is the largest in the world and can grow up to 30cm long! Though she might look a bit scary, with her 320…
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 12:14

Back to school again! September 2015

As well as our Science New Curriculum workshops for each year group, look out for details of our new Foundation and KS1 literacy sessions as well as PHSE and Citizenship linked sessions later on in the year. Lion Learners can…
The new curriculum science sessions are in full swing. They are being enjoyed by children and appreciated by teachers. Here is some recent teacher feedback: Dear Kristan,I would like to say a big thank you for coming in with your…
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:54

New Primary Curriculum Sept 2014

The new curriculum workshops for KS1 & 2 are now ready and available for booking. As promised they combine hands on animal handling experiences with coverage of the 'Animals' and 'Living Things and Their Habitats' objectives for each year group.…
Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:31

New Primary Curriculum July 2014

The new school year this September see the introduction of a new Primary Curriculum for most year groups. The Lion Learners new curriculum science workshops are in production for every year group. They will combine our usual fun and memorable…
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 21:08

Wilby School, Suffolk

It was David's second visit to Wilby School, and he had an exciting job to do, presenting a prize to one of the pupils.  Lion Learners held a poetry competition, inviting children to submit their poems about pets.  There were…
Friday, 07 November 2014 14:46

Wisbech Library, Cambridgeshire

David did a story time event at Wisbech Library in the May half term holiday.  Our library events provide a nice, relaxed environment to meet the animals, and the stories are a bonus.  Check out your local library to see…
Friday, 07 November 2014 14:25

Abbey Meadows Primary School, Cambridgeshire

David was at Abbey Meadows Primary School in Cambridgeshire to help some of the younger children who were learning all about animals.  They loved the hands-on experience and everyone wanted to get involved. The school were pleased with how well…
Friday, 07 November 2014 13:54

Gabriella's 3rd Birthday Party!

David did a show for Gabriella's 3rd birthday party at the beginning of May.  Gabriella and her friends had a wonderful time meeting the animals.  Gabriella's mum thought the party was a great success and sent David a message to…
Thursday, 06 November 2014 14:33

Armitages Garden Centre,

Armitages Garden Centre held a pet event at their Pennine centre in April, for National Pet Month.  Rob was there of course, along with other stands including the RSPCA and local animal charities.  Rob and his animals met lots of…
Thursday, 06 November 2014 13:55

Stanford School, Grimsby

Stanford School in Grimsby invited Rachael in at the very beginning of the new term, to help Years 1 and 2 to start off their new topic on nocturnal animals.  The children were very exited to meet a variety of…
Thursday, 06 November 2014 13:47

South Angle Farm Park Launch Event

April was an extremely busy month, with the opening of our farm park.  At South Angle Farm Park you can meet some of the Lion Learners animals in their own home.  The park takes bookings for school visits and parties,…
Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:28

Coalville Library, Leicestershire

Kristan visited Coalville Library in Leicestershire for a story time session.  Our story sessions are a fantastic activity for libraries, children's centres, nurseries, schools and clubs.  We have lots of lovely stories to share with you, including some old favourites…
Friday, 24 October 2014 13:47

Charley's Angels Day Nursery, Almondbury

The children at Charley's Angels Day Nursery in Almondbury had a fantastic time meeting the animals at their session in April.  Rob introduced them to a friendly bantam chick, a very fluffy Abyssinian guinea pig, Nigel the albino corn snake,…
Friday, 24 October 2014 12:45

Marsden Pre-School Playgroup

Rob took some of his animals to meet the children at Marsden Pre-School, Playgroup and Toddlers.  Amongst other animals, they met Myrtle the cockatiel with character, and Harry the beautiful pygmy hedgehog.  Marsden Pre-School later posted on their facebook page: '…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:28

Norton Eggfest, Suffolk

It was a busy week for David, and on the Saturday he attended Norton Pre-School's Eggfest. The animals were very popular and thankfully the weather held out for everyone, even though it was early on in the year! David received…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:07

Cambridge Literary Festival

David was invited to Cambridge Literary Festival in April, to run a storytelling session, after which the audience met some of the animal characters from the books.  The event took place in the Blue Room in the Student Union, and…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:27

Park View Primary School, Leeds

Rob took some of his animals along to Park View Primary School in Leeds, to meet Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  Nigel the corn snake was a favourite.  The children described him as being 'as white as the…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:28

Woodside C of E Primary School, Warwickshire

Claire and her animals visited Woodside C of E Primary School in Warwickshire, where Belle the white rabbit and Jake the corn snake were definite favourites.  The children who met the animals wrote some fantastic thank you letters which we…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:56

Birthday Parties Galore!

Lion Learners are always busy with birthday parties, but recently we have been lucky to receive lots of lovely feedback: Here are some quotes from some of the messages we received: 'A belated thanks for a wonderful party for Mattie…
Friday, 17 October 2014 14:40

St Nicholas Primary School, Nuneaton

Claire visited St Nicholas Primary School to see some of the children there who had been learning about animals.  They were able to get a valuable hands-on experience courtesy of Claire's animals.  Thanks very much to the teachers who took…
Wakefield Down's Syndrome Support Group's annual fun day has been attended by the Lion Learners animals for the last few years.  It's early in the year for being outdoors, but with portable heat pads and hot water bottles we make…
Friday, 17 October 2014 14:14

Daisy Chain Nursery, Bradford

Rob was at Daisy Chain Nursery in Bradford for a reading event.  The children enjoyed meeting lots of friendly animals they could stroke and hold, including Nigel the Corn Snake and Harry the Hedgehog! The nursery put some photographs of…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:23

North Lincolnshire Great Attractions Fair

We were delighted to be asked to join Waters Edge Country Park on their stand at North Lincolnshire Great Attractions Fair, to help promote their annual Wildlife Day event.  The Great Attractions Fair takes place at The Baths Hall in…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:13

Joe's Birthday Party

At Lion Learners we love to get involved with your birthday parties!  David was invited to do an animal show at Joe' birthday party on Saturday and everyone had a great time.  Joe's mum sent us the following message:  'Thank…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 13:46

New Road Primary School, Cambridgeshire

David took some of his animals along to New Road Primary School for an Animal Magic Assembly. The children met chinchillas, a snake and a tarantula, and learnt about the lifestyle and habitat of each animal.   There are some…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 13:06

St Mary's Primary School, Southam

Claire and her animals were at St Mary's Primary School in Warwickshire, to do an assembly to the whole school!  Our assemblies always go down well and it is a good opportunity for the children to become a bit more…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:40

Fagley Children's Centre

Rob and his animals visited Fagley Children's Centre.  Celine from the children's centre got in touch afterwards to say thank you: 'I am just emailing to say thank you for coming to our centre yesterday.  We had fantastic feedback from…
Friday, 10 October 2014 12:24

Rockingham Children's Centre

We have visited Rockingham children's centre a few times before, and Rachael was there again at February half term.  There was great enthusiasm for all the animals! Stacey, from the children's centre, got in touch afterwards: 'Just wanted to say…
Friday, 10 October 2014 12:10

Bentley Library, Doncaster

Rachael visited Bentley library for a poetry session.  The children had fun listening to all the animal poems, and of course meeting the animals afterwards!  They met rabbits, snake, lizard, cockroach and tarantula! Doncaster libraries posted some photographs on the…
Friday, 10 October 2014 11:36

Ryton Brook Children's Centre

Lion Learners were very busy in the Rotherham children's centres over the February half term! On 24th Februray Rachael visited Ryton Brook Children's Centre, where the children loved the cute, cuddly guinea pigs, and were very brave with the scary…
Friday, 10 October 2014 10:32

Cortonwood Children's Centre

Rob and his animals visited Cortonwood Children's Centre in South Yorkshire as a treat for the children in half term.  Layla Preece got in touch to tell us how much her children had enjoyed the Lion Learners event: 'Thank you…
Thursday, 09 October 2014 13:48

Castle Donington Library

Kristan and her animals were at Castle Donington library during February half term for a reading and meet the animals session.  This Lion Learners event was a prize won in a National Libraries Day competition. Kristan's session was enjoyed by…
Friday, 30 May 2014 14:25

Foster Care Associates

Foster Care Associates are a national group that help people to become foster carers and today Kristan took her animals along to an event organised in Peterborough. Jenna Leigh, who organised the event, wrote this message on our Facebook wall…
Friday, 30 May 2014 13:26

Sawston Library, Cambridgeshire

David visited Sawston Library in Cambridgeshire today. As always Cambridgeshire Libraries have put some lovely photos from the event on their Facebook page, including the one below of Beatrice the tortoise who makes an appearance in 'The Great Pet Sale'…
We've had another successful run at Chatsworth House Farmyard this half term. We'll be returning in October half term with our creepy animals for Halloween! To read more about our events click here to visit our blog.
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 14:20

National Pet Month - Celebrating Hamsters

As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:17

National Pet Month - Celebrating Degus

As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
Thursday, 24 April 2014 11:02

National Pet Month - Celebrating Boas

As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
Friday, 18 April 2014 20:31

National Pet Month - Celebrating Rabbits

As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:47

National Pet Month - Celebrating Rats

As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:15

National Pet Month - Celebrating Cockatiels

As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, nurseries, children's centres, events, care…
As part of National Pet Month this April Lion Learners will be celebrating our pets with a series of posts. As well as taking our animals out to meet children and adults at schools, parties, events, care homes and more…
Lion Learners are celebrating National Pet Month this April, and would like to invite you to celebrate with us and our animals. Our presenters in North Lincolnshire, East Anglia and the East and West Midlands are offering a 20% discount…
David visited Norwood Primary School today to give a free assembly. Year 5 teacher Carey Miller from the school got in touch following the event to say, "Your assembly was really exciting for the children and staff and was presented…
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:35

South Angle Farm Park Launch

Lion Learners Cambridgeshire are excited to announce that from April 2014 as well as inviting their animals along to your event you will also be able to pre-book a visit to see them in their homes at South Angle Farm…
David continued to celebrate National Libraries Day today at Cambridge Central Library with some story readings and giving the children that attended the event the chance to meet the animals from the stories. The library posted some pictures from the…
Friday, 07 March 2014 14:01

Pannells Garden Centre, Cleethorpes

Rachael had a busy day today at Pannells Garden Centre in Cleethorpes. As well as photos of garden centre staff member Roy which was posted on Pannell's Facebook page and a post on our Facebook page from Sarah Frost of…
Lion Learners were celebrating National Libraries Day today with visits to Whittlesey and Huntingdon Libraries in Cambridgeshire and Shard End Library in Birmingham. There are a few pictures from Whittlesey Library on the Cambridgeshire Libraries Facebook page. Here's Richard from…
Friday, 07 March 2014 10:55

Sunshine and Smiles, Leeds

Sunshine and Smiles is a support network for children and young people who have Down Syndrome and their families in Leeds. Every month they have a group on a Saturday where everyone is welcome to come along and today they…
Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:32

Little Wombatz, Soham

David was at Little Wombatz nursery in Soham today with his animals. As always Chris at Little Wombatz has written a blog post about the visit and there's lots and lots and lots of photos! To read more about our…
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:03

Poetry Competition!

Lion Learners are inviting you to enter our Poetry Competition: To enter you need to write a poem about pets: it could be about your own pet, your dream pet or even keeping a lion as a pet. The prize…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:13

Bronte House School, Apperley Bridge

Following Rob's visit to the nursery at Bronte house School in Apperley Bridge this lovely story and pictures appeared in their newsletter: To read more about our nursery visits click here to visit our blog.
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 15:49

Highlees Primary School, Peterborough

David was at the first of his free assemblies today at Highlees Primary School. The children met David's chinchillas, corn snake and tarantula. There are some great pictures on the school's website of the assembly with lots of brave teachers…
Here's a picture of Rocky the corn snake meeting children at Holme Valley Primary School in North Lincolnshire this week from the school's website: To read more about our school visits click here to visit our blog.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:35

Celebrate Party Shop, Scunthorpe

Rachael and her animals spent the day meeting customers at Celebrate Party Shop in Scunthorpe. There's lots of excellent pictures on their Facebook page (including the one below) and as a bonus they have put up some videos from the…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:30

Bugs of Britain Resource Pack

Bugs of Britain is an excellent set of resources for teachers and parents to use to explore the minibeasts in the playground and garden. The resources cover all areas of the curriculum from literacy to healthy eating to science. Download…
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:15

A Flying Start Nursery, Huntingdon

David had another Christmas story session today at A Flying Start Nursery near Huntingdon. Following the session Tina from the nursery got in touch to say, "The children really enjoyed the show and many where talking about the animals sharing…
Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:55

The Oaks Primary School, Ipswich

David has spent the last two days getting to know every class in The Oaks Primary School, Ipswich reading our Christmas story and introducing the children to the animals in the story. Afterwards year 3 wrote to David to thank…
Claire is in the middle of a long run of reading our Christmas story to children's groups all over the West Midalnds. Today she was at Cawston, Walston and Dunchurch district Childrens Centres for another session. Following the event head…
Friday, 24 January 2014 12:23

Jetts Netball Club, Bury St Edmunds

David took his animals along to meet the girls on the Jetts Netball Club from Bury St Edmunds at their presentation evening. The girls all enjoyed meeting the animals and there are some fantastic pictures up on the Jetts' website…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 22:30

New Poetry Sessions Available

We're really excited to announce our new poetry sessions where children will read along with our presenters and meet the animal stars of the poems and nursery rhymes. The sessions are specially tailored to be able to suit either Early…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 13:25

Badwell Ash Primary School, Suffolk

David visited the smallest school he has ever been to today with his animals. Badwell Ash Primary School in Suffolk has just 29 pupils aged between 4 and 9 so David's challenge was to deliver a single session which was…
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 15:27

Lion Learners Literacy Programme for 2014

Lion Learners are excited to share with you our programme for this year. Once again Lion Learners will be offering free sessions to selected libraries celebrate World Book Day in March. If you haven't experienced our animal handling sessions then…
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 15:23

Schools Programme for This Term

Lion Learners are excited to share with you our programme for this term. Following their previous popularity we are once again offering FREE animal handling assemblies in selected areas! So if you and the children at your school would like…
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00

Soham Museum Christmas Bazaar

Lexi and I were in action this weekend at Soham Christmas bazaar in aid of the museum. Afterwards Donna who organised the event got in touch to say, "I just wanted to thank Lion Learners for coming to our Bazaar…
There are some wonderful pictures up of 'when the animals came to visit' year 1 at Burton-upon-Stather Primary School in North Lincolshire. To book a session or find out more contact your local presenter. Click here to read more about…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Freedom Care, Leicestershire

Kristan visited her first care home for adults with special needs yesterday. These types of sessions are always a fantastic and rewarding experience for our presenters so I thought I would share what she had to say afterwards, "It went…
Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:00

Halloween Week at Coventry Libraries

Claire was back in action at Coventry libraries today visiting Stoke Library, Cheylesmore Library and Bell Green Library. Jason from Bell Green Library went on Coventry Libraries Facebook page to say "As part of Halloween week, Bell Green Library hosted…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Peterborough Children’s Centres

David was really excited this half term to be invited along to four children's centres in Peterborough for their spooky spectacular sessions. Unfortunately we had to postpone our visit East Children's Centre on Monday due to the bad weather conditions…
Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Halloween at Chatsworth House Farmyard

We've had another fantastic Halloween half term at Chatsworth house with Rachael, Kristan, Claire and myself all getting involved. The couple of displays I saw were fantastic although this picture I took of Claire's gorgeous corn snake Jake in a…
Saturday, 26 October 2013 00:00

The Green Place, Sileby

Kristan was at a special event today at The Green Place in Sileby. The Green Place is a non-profit organisation setup as a working example of environmental sustainable ideas. On site they have a Fair Trade cafe, an ethical gift…
Today Rob introduced his scary and not so scary animals to the children at Triangle House Day Nursery in Sowerby Bridge for their Halloween party. All the children dressed up in their best spooky costumes as well. There are some…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Eastoft Primary School, North Lincolnshire

Rachael was at Eastoft Primary School today to teach the children about rainforests. Although not all our animals are from rainforests most of our minibeasts are and many of the others have close relatives that you might find in this…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Outwood Grange Academy, Wakefield

Rob had an unusual visit yesterday to Outwood Grange Academy near Wakefield. The majority of visits we do are to primary schools, nurseries and events for children in this age range. However, yesterday Rob visited the students in year 11…
Spaldwick Primary School in Cambridgeshire have had a couple of animal visits to their assemblies recently including one from David today. For David's second assembly of the day he was at Winhills Primary Academy in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Following another…
Sunday, 06 October 2013 00:00

Wildlife Weekend at Armitages Garden Centre

Following successful events for National Pet month in April and visits over the summer holidays Rob was back at Armitages Garden Centre. The event went down really well! They were having a 'Wildlife Weekend' and Rob attended both centres over…
Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00

Hayfield Lane Primary School, Doncaster

Rachael was busy again today visiting Hayfield Lane Primary School in Doncaster. The visit was made even more special because all the children were dressed up for World Animal Day! Louise Tempest, the head teacher took the time to write…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Crowle Primary Academy, North Lincolnshire

Rachael was in action today doing an assembly at Crowle Primary Academy in North Lincolnshire. Rachael was given the following review in the schools newsletter by Thomas and Taiha from year 4: "On Thursday 3rd October, we went to the…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Acorns Primary School, Warwickshire

We've been busy since schools went back at the beginning of the month visiting assemblies up and down the country. We're always pleased to receive any feedback from the school we visit so it was great to get this email…
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:00

Manson House Care Home, Bury St Edmunds

Today David had the pleasure of visiting one of his favourite care homes. Manson House in Bury St Edmunds is owned and run by Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution which means that many of the residents come from an agricultural background.…
We were asked with two days to go if we would be able to provide the pet's corner for a special event held by Corkers Crisps to celebrate their world record for the largest crisp packet. How could we say…
David was back at Kettering Library with one of our newest presenters, Claire, today to celebrate with all those children who finished the Summer Reading Challenge and of course, introduce them to some of our creepy animals. This is our…
Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00

Claas UK’s Staff Family Fun Day

David and I had a great afternoon with the staff and families at Claas UK on Saturday as they celebrated the company's 100th birthday. After a very rainy start the sun came out and everyone enjoyed meeting some slightly soggy…
Following a successful visit to Brigg library a few days ago Rachael was back in action in North Lincolnshire with a visit to Riddings library today. Once again pictures can be found on the North Lincolnshire Libraries Facebook page. As…
David has spent a hectic two days touring eight libraries in Coventry with our creepy house Sumer Reading Challenge session. Over the two days David, new presenter Kristan, Jack and Orlando the rabbits, Sebastian the snake, Ariel the tarantula and…
Rachael's been busy with Summer Reading Challenge events this summer and today she was back on home turf in North Lincolnshire at Brigg Library. She introduced the children to Hermione the spider, Rocky the corn snake, George the Rabbit, Alice…
Rob took his animals along to an activities in the park day today organised by Butterflies Children's Centre from Normanton near Wakefield. The weather was glorious and it looks like everyone had a brilliant time meeting Nigel the snake, Arthur…
David had a fantastic session at Kettering Library today reading some creepy stories and meeting some creepy animals! We're looking forward to going back on 14th September to congratulate everyone who has completed the challenge. The library has put some…
Monday, 29 July 2013 00:00

Wickersley Library, Rotherham

Lion Learners had their first of many 'Summer Reading Challenge' library events today. We got plenty planed in libraries all over the country this summer and we're really excited about them. Rachael was happy that the event went really well.…
Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

Little Hiccups, Leeds

Little Hiccups is a Leeds based support group that has been set up by two mums who both have children with special needs. Through personal experience they recognise the importance of allowing the parents and families of a child with…
Phew! What a busy day it's been for Lion Learners. We've had four presenters out instead of the usual three plus our new trainee Kristan and a number of volunteers. Thanks to everyone that helped us out today and to…
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