Animal Handling Experiences Franchise

Lion Learners Educational Experiences

Nationwide - particularly West Midlands, Manchester & North West London

Paid • Part Time • Permanent 07951 410367 Rachael O'Neill

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Lion Learners run educational animal handling sessions for schools, care homes, parties and events, and we currently have franchise opportunities available. The aim of Lion Learners is to allow everyone to experience the joys of animal contact, and learn about the natural world around them, whilst in an environment that is safe and fun for the public, and maintaining our high standards of animal welfare. We are offering the opportunity for talented, dedicated individuals to join our team of franchise holders. Build yourself a business that will allow you to work with people of all ages and animals from around the world.

Lion Learners have been operating since 2009 and have been a successful franchise since 2012. In that time, we have expanded across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and East Anglia. We are particularly keen to expand in to the West Midlands, Manchester and North West London, but we may also consider other areas.

No specific experience or qualifications are required but experience of working with children and/or animals is preferable.

Lion Learners have built a reputation of providing outstanding educational sessions and uphold the highest standards. Franchises are only offered to those who we feel can work at these high standards. So if you are motivated enough to run your own business and be your own boss then get in touch.

Overview of franchise

  • Low start-up costs.
  • Low monthly fees.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Part time or full time.
  • Complete control of your calendar – you work when you want.
  • Work from home and visit schools and venues.
  • Have the companionship of amazing animals in your life.

Benefits of being part of our franchise family

  • Use of the Lion Learners brand.
  • Your own defined territory.
  • Professionally designed website with your own personal page.
  • Operations manual detailing all aspects of how we work, and methods of developing business.
  • School workshop resources.
  • Share advice and ideas with other franchisees.
  • We will take in any animal at any time, if you are no longer able to care for them.
  • Ongoing support.


As a franchise holder, full training will be provided on all aspects of the business.

Before you begin working on your own, you will be trained in the following:

  • Animal husbandry and welfare.
  • Admin training – running your business, marketing etc.
  • Presenter training – working with different customer groups: schools, clubs, parties, care homes and events.
  • Hand holding period – we will be there to support your first couple of months work, when you need us to be.

What you will need.

  • A car or van to transport the animals.
  • Permission to keep all the animals in your home.
  • To be able to obtain full DBS clearance (paid for by us).
  • You will need to be a good people person, show passion for animals and be a good business person.
  • Some degree of flexibility regarding when you can work, e.g. the ability to work some weekends.

For more information please contact Rachael at Let us know your location and a brief description of any experience that you feel is relevant. 

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