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Thursday, 09 November 2017 14:06

Everyone's Having a Great Time At Our Parties

Kristan and her animals have been busy with parties recently, and it seems like everyone has been having a great time as she has received some lovely comments.  The mum who booked a party Kristan went to at the weekend, sent…
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 11:17

Animal Welfare At Lion Learners

Our Principles: At Lion Learners Educational Experiences, animal welfare is paramount.  Living with our animals means we get to know their habits and personalities inside out, we can give them 100% of our dedication and recognise signs of distress or illness…
The Lion Learners animals visited Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre on Saturday, to be part of the fun on the opening day of the new Animal Safari exhibition.  Lots of people came along to see the exhibition, meet the animals and…
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 21:16

Summer Fun With The Animals At Leeds City Museum

The Lion Learners animals visited Leeds museum in August to give the visitors an exciting and educational animal experience.  Michala was in the Life on Earth Gallery for the day, to teach people about some of her creepy crawly friends…
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. Children will meet the real animals from the story, including lizard, rabbit, snail and guinea pig, they will…
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.…
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