Live Exotic Animal Party for Children covering London & the South-East of England.

Our presentations are educational and entertaining for all. We will help you create a personal and treasured experience at your home, school or venue.


About Us

Nick Spellman AKA “AnimalMan Nick” and Stuart Short AKA “Ranger Stu” have been providing excellent live exotic animal presentations all of their working lives. They are passionate about inspiring and educating children and manage this with an engaging, structured animal encounter that offers a ‘hands on’ experience for all of the audience. Whether this be for a child’s (or adult’s) birthday party, curriculum based school visit, out of school club, PTA sponsored event or a corporate family funday, Nick and Stu have the experience, stage craft and skill to dovetail perfectly within your event. Their presentations are the primary revenue stream that help fund their very own zoo 'Cedars Nature Centre' located in East Herts. (junc 25 on M25).


Our Animals

We work with a great many species at the zoo - including birds, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and mammals – For our presentations, we only carry species we know will travel without stress and that are comfortable being handled. Here are just a few sample pictures of some of the animals that may feature in the show.

Would you like to see more of our animals? Find out about the latest births? What happens when we retire a species? Then you can keep up-to-date via our Facebook page (search

Bringing these animals to your event requires a great deal of care and experience. We carry all the necessary equipment to ensure their welfare and comfort.


Testimonials & Awards

Gwyneth Paltrow's Life Style Magazine

Rated 5 out of 5, Goop recommends Nick for children's parties following a personal endorsement from Ms. Paltrows own children.

Children's Television

Nick wrote & presented over 40 episodes of "PAWS" for Playhouse Disney on the Disney Channel. His show was all about animals & aired between 1999 - 2002. Nick also presented the Disney World promotional video in 2001.



Nick hosts the animal presentation for Dinosnores at the Natural History Museum, a contract Nick has held since the first Dinosnores event that took place 9 years ago.

NG Store & Kids Magazine

For 3 years Nick hosted his presentation at their flagship UK store. Nick also wrote for the Kids Magazine and presented on behalf of NG Kids at various exhibitions including the Outdoor Show at the ExCel centre.

LUX Lifestyle Magazine

Voted AnimalMan 2018 best animal handler/presenter in England. An independently awarded accolade for which Nick was very proud to receive.

Timeout - London for Children Guide

AnimalMan was mentioned in their extensive guide as 'one of the things to do' with your children in London. An independently awarded accolade for which Nick was very proud to receive.

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