Over the years Andrew Smith has travelled extensively and built up a large and unique collection of natural history resources - examples of which, will enter your classroom, depending on the workshop that is being undertaken. These range from the live animals that you will expect to see and an invaluable additional resource of dried specimens, skeletons, exoskeletons, shells, seeds, fossils and human artefacts such as masks, hunting tools and the clothing of the indigenous peoples of the world’s rainforests.

Many of these resources are rare and valuable and, in some cases, CITES designated and on loan from HM Customs. These include turtle shells, crocodile handbags/belts and crocodile heads and skulls, all of which can be used in our workshops. We also have in store mammal skins and skulls, human or otherwise, which can be used for specialist workshops.

The live animals that we may bring into your school - depending on the workshops booked, and our ongoing breeding programmes are as follows:

Reptiles/Amphibians - Horsfield tortoises, North American Terrapins, North African Fat-Tailed Geckos, Blue Tongued Skinks, Frilled Lizards, North American Corn Snakes (a small, docile and attractive snake) Australian Whites Tree Trogs, Central American Marine Toads and Giant African bull frogs. 

Invertebrates - African Land snails, Apple snails, Central American banana slugs, hermit crabs, West African land crabs, New Guinea Eurycantha stick insects, African banana beetles, US desert beetles, West African millipedes, Giant leaf cockroaches from Suriname, Blaberus cockroaches from Trinidad, Cuban burrowing cockroaches, North African Locusts, West African forest scorpions, and Mexican red knee tarantulas.

Note: all the animals have doppelgangers and work every other day to avoid stress. Andrew has no doppelganger and only undertakes three workshops a week. Consequently, he is inevitably heavily booked. Early bird bookings get the Minibeast Workshop.

Our Animals Gallery

Some of the Hardworking Cast and Crew of the Minibeast and Rainforest Workshops.

Please note: many of our animals are not illustrated.

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