Animal Encounters for everyone!


If you want to make your party or event one to remember, then our super friendly collection of animals and birds will surely do the trick!! Our animal parties and encounters in Cornwall offer fun and excitement for all ages and abilities.  From awesome owls and enormous snakes to scary spiders and tiny bugs! There’s also huge rabbits, diminutive hedgehogs, naked guinea pigs and an enormous tortoise! Depending on the time of year there may also be a cuddly lamb, or even a baby owl or two!! We’ve got something to suit all tastes. We can attend private parties, schools, care/nursing homes, holiday parks, clubs, groups and societies, fetes, festivals, shows, rallies, fundraisers – you name it, we can do it!

Animals are always crowd-pleasers and enthral young and old. Whether it’s a children’s birthday party, a charity fundraiser, a special needs group, a tea party at a retirement home,  the list is endless, but the joy and excitement is there for all to see at our animal encounters in Cornwall. Animals can be the most wonderful therapy for those with a physical, mental or any other disability.

We also specialise in helping people to overcome fears and phobias – snakes and spiders being the most common ones. This is a very popular option at our roadshows, though we offer private sessions on the farm if you prefer.

Animal encounters square

Talons is zoo licensed, which means that we are regularly inspected to ensure the highest standards of care and welfare for our animals. We also have to abide by stringent health and safety regulations  and provide high standards of educational resources. Every animal that is used for encounters and experiences  has been specifically chosen for it’s temperament and suitability. Several have been hand reared from birth but there are also rescues and re-homes – all are handled regularly to ensure they’re as tame and as friendly as they can be.

Matt is our ‘all things scaly and creepy-crawly’ animal handler and comes with over 20 years’ experience. He has kept an array of exotics over the years and his knowledge and expertise is wide ranging. He also has the patience of a saint, and is well known for his successes in helping people overcome their fears and phobias.

Senara is the owner of Hendra Farm and Talons and her passion for, and dedication to, her animals and birds is renowned.

Every encounter is individually tailored to your requirements. You can choose which animals and birds you would like (although we can’t promise to bring all of them), how long you’d like us to stay for, and what you’d like to do whilst we’re there.

We have bases in both Looe and Redruth so we  can bring our animal parties and encounters to you, anywhere in Cornwall and Plymouth/South Devon.

For larger events, rallies, festivals and fundraisers we can attend with the Reptile & Raptor Roadshow. Please contact us for further details.

Our Animals:

Snakes – from 1ft to over 13ft long!






Giant Rabbits

Skinny pigs

Pygmy Hedgehogs

Cuddly Lap Rabbits


Giant Snails



Praying Mantis

Little Man & Fleur the Alpacas

Hope the Zwartble Sheep


We are now taking bookings for our two alpacas, Little Man and Fleur to attend your event or visit homes, schools groups etc!

Little Man and Fleur are both hand reared and very friendly. They are available for all kind of events and visits, being especially loved by residents at retirement and nursing homes. They are both unflappable and love exploring new places and meeting people – they will even travel quite happily in a lift! Fleur adores cuddles and blowing kisses, whilst Little Man is the cheeky monkey who shows off by rolling wherever he can!

Around Christmas time, these two are very popular at festive events, and with the application of a pair of (toy!) antlers, they make excellent stand-in reindeer!

Alpaca walking in Cornwall – from Spring 2018 we are offering you the opportunity to take Little Man and Fleur for a gentle walk around our quiet lanes and through the lovely village of Pelynt – returning to the farm for complimentary refreshments. Suitable from age 5, you can either buy vouchers from our online shop (a perfect gift for the alpaca lover), or pay on the day. Advance booking is essential – by email or phone. 

Please contact us for further information – click here

Book your party/experience now!

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Terms and Conditions for private party bookings

  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Whilst we will do our best to bring the animals and birds of your choice, we will not bring anything that is not 100% fit and healthy on the day.
  • A non refundable deposit of 50% will be required at time of booking – the balance is due in cash on the day of the event.

Please contact us for further information and prices.