Bring the Rainforest into your life!
Life in the Rainforest was set up in 2007 to give children and adults the opportunity to have close contact with, and learn more about, some of the unusual creatures of the rain forest. Paul Carpenter has been keeping and breeding insects and spiders since the age of five, and brings his enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject to his workshops.
Based in Evesham, Paul primarily conducts events in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire (other areas by arrangement). Most of the creatures used in the workshops are captive bred by Paul, ranging from the giant millipedes of the forest undergrowth to the camouflaged praying mantis of the canopy.
Paul’s travels include the rain forests of Borneo, India, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Brazil and Ghana to study the habits and habitats of insects and spiders. With his great friend and travelling companion Andrew Smith, Paul has discovered several new species of tarantula. Having visited these rain forests Paul can tell you firsthand about the sights and sounds of these magnificent places, and the amazing creatures that live there.
The animals that are used in the minibeast and rainforest workshops include insects, tarantulas, arachnids, amphibians and reptiles.