Ginny's Jungle Parties and Encounters
Welcome to Ginny's Jungle Parties and Animal Encounters
Most people know me as Virginia Cheeseman, this is my full name and the name I have been working under in my home bug business for more years than I care to remember. However, friends and family know me as Ginny and when out and about with my animals, I thought Ginny’s Jungle sounded just right! (I really don’t mind which name people use).
My business has changed with the times over the years and over the last couple of years I have been running my animal encounters alongside the postal supply business. You will see below the current options for my encounters, from parties to school visits and 50+ groups to residential homes. I am quite happy to discuss any special requirements that you may have with the bugs / mini-beasts, I’m open to suggestions for anything not covered here such as phobia workshops, friend’s get-togethers, children’s therapy sessions.
I keep a large collection of invertebrate animals as you will see from looking around my website. I actually supply animals to many animal encounters companies around the country, my stock is constantly changing so I always have something different to show but I also have a collection of my pets, that are not for sale (these include a small collection of reptiles). Some bugs that I always have available are Giant African snails, stick insects, giant tropical millipedes, Hissing cockroaches, tarantulas and scorpions. If you have a favourite bug, just ask, I may well have one.
When my children were younger they would often help me with the animals and come along on visits. My daughter Georgie is still living at home and helps with the day to day running of the business, she sometimes accompanies me on animal encounters when time permits. With all these animals I would never be able to go away on holiday without her being here to care for them.
Our encounters are very much a hands-on experience, although not all animals are able to be held, many are happy to be handled, we aim to make each visit fun for all. We have a lot of experience with children of all ages (my sister has 11 grandchildren ranging from 1 year – 15 years, with another on the way and we see a lot of them!) We helped to start up a local youth club in our village and we also have experience of caring for elderly members of the family. My daughter currently works within the school system as a specialist teaching assistant.