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My name is Alex, and I’m 24 years old! I work full-time as a Content Executive in the marketing team for Lyreco UK & Ireland, but have a very diverse job history prior to that. I founded Jelly Exotics in 2019, and can’t wait to see how it develops in the years to come.
In terms of my experience with exotic species, I did complete a Level 2 Animal Care course at Walford College while at school (alongside Jess), and planned to become a specialised vet after college, which unfortunately fell through when I developed a severe anxiety disorder. I had several jobs after college instead, and eventually got a job working for a couple who did animal displays and owned a farm/equine facility. This will forever be one of my most amazing experiences. I spent most of my time looking after animals and maintaining the farm. They had everything, including reptiles, invertebrates, meerkats, emu, horses, farm animals and birds of prey.
In terms of owning exotic species, when I turned 10, I was gifted with a beautiful Milksnake, who I called Milkshake (Shakey for short!). Unfortunately he escaped a year or so later and we never found him again, and it wasn’t until I was 13, that I was treated to owning a Bearded Dragon, called Puff. He was an amazing creature, and unfortunately died of cancer at the age of 6! It was 2018 before I owned another reptile, and from there I grew to now owning 12 reptiles and a number of invertebrates.
In terms of me as a person, I’d describe myself as crazy, a little bit weird but a massive people person. I absolutely love helping people with their animals. I can usually be found working on my laptop and listening to music, drinking tea or cleaning out my animals. I play D&D and used to be an avid horse rider; my horse is currently out on loan. I’ve dipped in to lots of things, including working with children, cosplay and crafting.