About Jay

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Jay and Bindi

About Jay


Jay trained as a graphic artist and then went on to become a qualified teacher.  He has over 18 years teaching experience and has worked with all ages and abilities in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities.  His love of animals started at a young age and led to various experiences from working in an animal rescue centre to studying the Dragons on the Island of Komodo in Indonesia.

Jay with Komodo Dragon

Although he has always had a variety of pets, he started to keep and breed animals professionally over 20 years ago.


For 6 years Jay worked at Edinburgh Zoo in a number of roles including Senior Education Officer and Senior Animal Presenter where he initiated and developed a range of animal presentations.  Due to the success of his phobia sessions and animal handling with the public, he decided to combine all these skills to create ‘Jays Animal Encounters’ – bringing the zoo to you!

Jay and Blossom
Jay and Lizard
Jay and the Meerkats

Jay with Killer Whale

Based in the North East of England