Below are some questions we get asked often
We do not train our animals the way dog owners train their pets. Most reptiles are, perhaps surprisingly, friendly and docile by nature. All we present is their natural behavior and personality.
First of all, we ensure that they are in a calm and friendly mood before presenting them to the public. All of our presented animals are non-venomous and non-poisonous. Even if there is a change of mood and they feel aggressive, reptiles do not usually go straight for a bite without a warning gesture. Our professionals will notice the signs and prevent anything harmful from happening.
Reptiles are naturally clean animals; they do not like to play in dirt or touch their own feces. We examine the health condition of our animals on a daily basis before presenting them to the public. We also follow a strict schedule for cleaning our animals and their terrariums to avoid any buildup of feces or debris. You may have heard that there is a risk of salmonella infection from contact with reptiles. The truth is that salmonella is present in many animals and our environment beyond reptiles, and over 90% of salmonella infections come from consumption of contaminated food, mainly uncooked eggs, meat and dairy. As a precaution, we strictly separate the food and beverages of our cafe from our animals. If you ever have the good fortune of actually handling one of our animals, we would ask you to wash your hands before and after, and it would be wise to avoid touching your mouth while handling them. We are also proud to note that no one has gotten ill from interaction with animals in our founder “Goatee” Toni’s presentations in the last 10+ years.
NO, we never harm our animals physically or mentally. Declawing or defanging will cause incapability in the movement and feeding of animals. We present our animals as natural as they are, handling them with great care to ensure they do not hurt us or themselves.
It is interesting to note that reptiles’ skin does not grow as the animal grows, so these animals have to shed their old outer layer of skin to continue their growth. They will all be shiny and bright after shedding!
Most reptiles are solitary by nature, which means they spend a lot of time alone. Keeping several individuals together may actually stress them out.
The best option is NOT to handle wild animals. Unlike our animals, wild animals may see us human beings as a threat to them and pose potential danger to us. The best thing to do is to observe their beauty from a distance and respect their living environment.
In fact, we should say dinosaurs are related to reptiles. In Greek, the word “deinos” for “dinosaur” means “terrible lizard”. Current species like crocodiles, snakes, lizards and extinct dinosaurs all originate from a common ancestor group named Reptilia, which belongs to superclass Tetrapoda, meaning “four-limbed vertebrates”.
“Cold blooded” is not the best way to describe them. Their blood is not cold by itself. They are ectothermic animals, meaning they get heat energy from the external environment. That’s why they like to hang out with us!
Snakes use a combination of infrared vision and chemical sensor in their tongue to recognize their surroundings. Lizards have excellent color vision at night, 350 times more sensitive than human vision. In spiders, different pairs of eyes are responsible for peripheral vision, motion, ultraviolet light and a broad spectrum of colors.
Each of our animal ambassadors is carefully chosen to be here. They look wild but, no, they’re not really from the wild. We don’t like the idea of showing wild-caught animals. All animals here are used to being around people because they were hand-raised since hatchlings/neonates. Trust is built over a long period of everyday care and proper handling. We let them understand that people are not enemies hence they are not stressed being with us.
They live in our farmland in the New Territories. Each of our animal ambassadors stays here at Animojo for a bit only once a while. That is how we can make sure that they have enough rest and, at the same time, you can see different animals here from time to time. For the more popular species, we have a number of them identical to each other which can take turns to come here.
Definitely. Nature is home to all the wild animals. It might still be true 5 years ago. Now, unfortunately, many species have become endangered or gone extinct because of the loss of natural habitats, pollution, and bushmeat/trophy hunting. These threats are escalating. There is an urgent need to safeguard at least a part of the animals in a safe environment.
All our animals were born in captivity, and some were adopted or rescued from being in a poor condition, hence unreleasable. They live their lives meaningfully as our animal ambassadors to help people appreciate and save the wild animals of their species.