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Volunteering Experience and Donations

 Fantastic opportunity to Join our team of growing Reptile Defenders!

Are you aged 16 or over? Enthusiastic about reptiles?

Have free time to learn about our animals and rescues? Gain confidence and experience? 

Like to find out about how you can be a 'Reptile Defender?  We would love to hear from you. 

Don’t worry if you have no previous experience working with reptiles.

Work alongside the team and learn about our wonderful animals.

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Courtney

Reptile Defender

Courtney is a wonderful member of our reptile defender team. She is super bubbly and gets everyone involved no matter your age. She has discovered our giant snails and milliepedes are among her favorites. 

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Jakub

Reptile Defender

Jakub is studying so helps us when he can with events and projects.

He has a big heart and very passionate about animal welfare. With a ‘hands-on’ approach you will admire the way he educates and shares his hidden knowledge. 

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Jay

Reptile Defender

Jay is one of our younger volunteers, he has been visiting us at Aldingbourne Country Centre over the last 10 years and finally reached an age to become one of our reptile defenders. He is super passionate about our animals and sharing them at our events. He is normally found with the snakes and lizards. 

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Freddie

DBS No:

Reptile Defender

Freddie is super knowledgeable on all things bugs, he keeps a wide selection of mini beasts. He has a real passion for spreading positivity and is a great member of our team. You will meet Freddie normally on our Bug table.

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Tricia

Reptile Defender

DBS No: 00105286850

Living one day at a time with a freshly baked cake, muffin and a cup of tea; Tricia is a heart full of words.

She took Tom to Australia when he was 16 to see Steve Irwin's zoo, has spent her whole life surrounded by animals; teaching people to respect and care for them. One of the great wonders to meet; like our hero David Attenborough. 

Tricia is one our lead roles at our reptile parties and our events check out her reviews 

Trixie, Trixie's Mini Beasts

Trixie

Reptile Defender

Many of you may recognise Trixie, who ran Trixie's Mini Beasts for over 25 years.

Trixie honoured us when she asked to join our team and has brought knowledge, outrageous love and been a joyful part of our team for the last 3 years. 

REPTILES KEPT:

Everything 

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Michelle

Reptile Defender:

Michelle has been helping us since the beginning, she has a big heart and a massive animal lover. 

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Sarah

Reptile Defender

Sarah is a great member of our team, she is amazing with children and our animals. She has a real passion for anything scaley, and loves to share this with everyone she meets. 

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Michael

Reptile Defender

Michael is has been a big help at events and many of you may have seen him at Bocketts Farm. Michael has a passion for animal welfare and loves to come down to the reptile house to spend time with our animals. 

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Beverley

Reptile Defender

PDSA nurse and a mother in our team. Her full time job is caring for animals her spare time is her three children and our friend. 

Make a one-off donation

Please support us  by making a donation to support our conservation breeding, animal welfare, and education work.

Make a one-off donation by sending a cheque payable to “Tom's Talking Reptiles” 

 

Please do not send cash by post.

 

You can also donate online using your credit or debit card through PayPal. Simply select donate and enter your amount, click ‘ Donate’, and your payment will be taken online.

Reptile Defenders have opportunities to meet all of our creatures, help at our different events, birthday parties and educational sessions while working alongside the Tom's Talking Reptile's team.

Aspiration of Reptile Defenders:

  • Learn to handle and care for our reptiles and other creatures.

  • Learn the back stories, characteristics and information about each of our reptiles and other creatures.

  • Gain confidence and skills communicating  with children, adults and different Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

  • Help supervise our reptiles and other creatures and our equipment while at the events and sessions.

  • Always prioritise the safety and well-being of our reptiles and other creatures.

  • Learn to reassure the public and educate on the different creatures we have.

  • Help with setting up and closing down at the events and sessions.

  • Defend reptile reputation; promoting reptiles in a positive way

  • Encourage the public to wash their hands after touching ANY animals

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