Melbourne's Mobile Zoo | Josh Cox | About Reptile Encounters

WHO WE ARE

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WE’RE MELBOURNE’S MOBILE ZOO.

Our programs have been running for the past twelve years and are of the highest standard. Reptile Encounters has been recognised as a finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion awards in 2016, 2017 and 2022.

Reptile Encounters aims to create a legacy with students and staff, in the hope that they will take steps at home to make a difference. With lasting memories, we connect students and adults with the natural world, sending them on the path to become better humans.

Wildlife

MEET JOSH COX

BMSc, Founder & Conservationist

As a society we are disconnected from nature. The advent of technology has changed the way we live, it has changed the way we interact and it has jammed a wedge between us and nature. Children, from the time they are born, are now inundated with technology. It has gone well beyond the 30 minutes of watching Playschool that was the norm a generation ago.

As we’ve become increasingly disconnected from our world and nature, the state of the planet has declined at quite a rapid rate. The threat of climate change is at our door. We are on the precipice of a mass extinction. If as a society we are disconnected from nature, we are not going to have the impetus to want to protect the planet.

I started Reptile Encounters because I want to give students the chance to connect with nature. I believe that people need to have that ‘inspire’ moment to be able to make the connection for themselves. By meeting animals in the flesh we engender a respect for our environment and equip students to make a difference!

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MEET THE TEAM

JOSH COX
JOSH
COX

Director

CATHERINE MALLIA
CATHERINE
MALLIA

Education Manager

Stef Cropped
STEF
ORMESHER

Operations & Pathways Manager

BRYCE LEENAERTS
BRYCE
LEENAERTS

Wildlife Ambassador Field Manager

Rosalee Etherton
ROSIE
ETHERTON

Pathways Floor Manager

BEN BROWN-GREAVES
BEN
BROWN-GREAVES

Senior Wildlife Ambassador and Trainer

ARACELLI TESSINI
ARACELLI
TESSINI

Senior Wildlife Ambassador

SEBASTIAN ARANDA
SEBASTIAN
ARANDA

Senior Wildlife Ambassador

ALBERT PECK
ALBERT
PECK

Senior Wildlife Ambassador and Pathways Facilitator

CONNOR DOLAN
CONNOR
DOLAN

Wildlife Ambassador

Maxwell Daventhorpe
MAX
DAVENTHORPE

Pathways Facilitator

MILLIE KLINGBEIL
MILLIE
KLINGBEIL

Pathways Facilitator

Angie Symon
ANGIE
SYMON

Wildlife Ambassador

Emily Horton
EMILY
HORTON

Pathways Facilitator

JORDAN CLOSE
JORDAN
CLOSE

Pathways Facilitator

Sam Styles
SAM
STYLES

Pathways Facilitator

Jarryd Morriss
JARRYD
MORRIS

Pathways Facilitator

Siobhan McMahon
BONNIE
McMAHON

Pathways Facilitator

Alyssa Brand
ALYSSA
BRAND

Wildlife Ambassador

Emily Blackburn
EMILY
BLACKBURN

Pathways Facilitator

Elise Kinnaird
ELISE
KINNAIRD

Pathways Facilitator

Chloe Daws
CHLOE
DAWS

Wildlife Ambassador

Cate Morley (1)
CATE
MORLEY

Pathways Facilitator

Analeigh Birch
ANALEIGH
BIRCH

Wildlife Ambassador

Sabine Hicks
SABINE
HICKS

Pathways Facilitator

Rebecca Nichols 1350
BEC
NICHOLS

Pathways Facilitator

Nina Phillips
NINA
PHILLIPS

Wildlife Ambassador

Nicholas Aitken
NIC
AITKEN

Wildlife Ambassador

Jasmyn Bink
JAZ
BINK

Wildlife Ambassador

Scout Vos
SCOUT
VOS

Wildlife Ambassador

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