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JOSH COX

Why I Started Reptile Encounters

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.

At the same time we have been 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. Now 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!

In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught. (Baba Dioum, 1968.)

MELBOURNE’S MOBILE ZOO

Reptile Encounters is Melbourne’s Mobile Zoo. Specialising in educational programs for the K-12 market. 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 and 2017.

Our 18 memorable, entertaining and educational wildlife incursions will excite and inspire students and teachers to reconnect with the world around them. 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 of your Reptile Encounters experience your students will have improved their learning outcomes, they will be happy & healthy, and they will be connected with the natural world, sending them on the path to become better humans.


INSPIRATION.
EDUCATION.
CONSERVATION.

MEET OUR TEAM

Josh Cox

Director

Josh Cox
Director

Josh Cox author of ‘Better Humans’(coming in 2020), public speaker and conservationist, is the Founding Director of Reptile Encounters. For as long as he can remember, he has been passionate about wildlife and its conservation, so he strives to be a voice for animals as they cannot speak for themselves. He has spent many holidays visiting natural parks and zoos around the world, and has a Bachelor of Medical Science from La Trobe University.

In conjunction with his love of animals, Josh also grew up playing loads of sport, from tennis and Australian rules football to little athletics. This drove a keen interest in health and fitness, which is why he ended up studying Medical Science.

Sam Ljiljak

Pathways Facilitator

Sam Ljiljak
Pathways Facilitator

From a young age, Sam has been fascinated by the natural world. His fondness for reptiles stems from a love of dinosaurs (and Godzilla) and has only grown since he started volunteering at Reptile Encounters. Sam has been helping Reptile Encounters look after their broad array of wildlife for over a year and enjoys the opportunity to work with such a diverse variety of animals. He has completed a Bachelor of Biological Science with Distinction, majoring in Zoology.

Andrew Shor

Aquatics

Andrew Shor
Aquatics
Annelise Rashoo

Pathways Facilitator

Annelise Rashoo
Pathways Facilitator
Aracelli Tessini

Pathways Facilitator

Aracelli Tessini
Pathways Facilitator
Ben Brown-Greaves

Wildlife Ambassador

Ben Brown-Greaves
Wildlife Ambassador
Beth Xerri

Wildlife Ambassador

Beth Xerri
Wildlife Ambassador
Connor Dolan

Wildlife Ambassador

Connor Dolan
Wildlife Ambassador
Damian Smart

Wildlife Ambassador

Damian Smart
Wildlife Ambassador
Evie Chiodi

Wildlife Ambassador

Evie Chiodi
Wildlife Ambassador
Harry Meiselbach

Wildlife Ambassador

Harry Meiselbach
Wildlife Ambassador
Jono Wilson

Pathways Facilitator

Jono Wilson
Pathways Facilitator
Lucy Harrison

Wildlife Ambassador

Lucy Harrison
Wildlife Ambassador
Max Daventhorpe

Pathways Facilitator

Max Daventhorpe
Pathways Facilitator
Millie Klingbeil

Pathways Facilitator

Millie Klingbeil
Pathways Facilitator
Sebastian Aranda

Wildlife Ambassador

Sebastian Aranda
Wildlife Ambassador

TESTIMONIAL

Madeleine Vezis

I booked a show with Reptile Encounters for my son's 3rd birthday party after finding them online. My son LOVED the show even if at first he was a little scared. All the kids got to touch all the animals and really enjoyed the show.

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Emily and Tammy EACH Social and Community Health

Just wanted to thank you again for your generosity. We really wanted to offer the girls a special way to celebrate the completion of a therapeutic group which involved exploring how depression and anxiety affects their...

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Blair Colwell City of Whittlesea

I first came across Reptile Encounters when you delivered a show at my work place for young people with a disability. I was so impressed that I thought I would hire your show for my nephews third birthday. In many families...

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