Are any of your animals dangerous or venomous?
Individually, none of our animals are dangerous. However, like all animals they have the potential to cause harm if they feel threatened. Before every event our animals are behaviour assessed to ensure they will tolerate being handled (like humans they can sometimes have 'off' days). We also keep a close eye on our animals' behaviour during events to make sure they are not becoming stressed as the day goes on.
As long as our animals are treated carefully and with respect, there is minimal risk of them harming anyone.
In regards to any of our animals being venomous, none of our animals are included under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, meaning that we do not require a license to own them. The animals included under the Act include a majority of venomous snakes and all venomous lizards.
The only animal we currently own that is mildly venomous is our Western Hognose snake, Glitch. However, this venom is incredibly mild and we have no concerns about her interacting with people.
Can we hold any of your animals?
No, but they are all safe. Some of our animals are too large to be held and some have sharp claws that can unintentionally break the skin. With these sorts of animals we still encourage people to stroke and interact with them.
There are also some members of the Darwin's Kingdom family that cannot be handled at all. These select animals do not attend events but may sometimes be seen on display at fetes and other public events.
Are you a fully insured company?
Yes. We have full public liability insurance with cover up to £5,000,000. We also hold an Animal Activities License given to us by Elmbridge Council.
We are happy to provide copies of these documents on request.
Do you have a place we can visit?
Are you vaccinated against COVID-19?
Yes! Every team member here at Darwin's Kingdom is double vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. We are also happy to complete an at-home lateral flow test on the day of your booking.