ABOUT US


Jungle Encounters is privately owned and operated by the Willoughby family. The day-to-day operations are run by Debi Willoughby. Debi has a lifetime of experience working with animals. She has been lecturing with and training exotic animals since 1996. Jungle Encounters is a USDA and State licensed facility and is fully insured. We are a private facility located in Uxbridge, MA.


Debi worked at zoos for 7 years and gained the valuable experience she needed to start Jungle Encounters and care properly for her own exotic animals. She has taken care of all types of animals from mice to tigers and everything in between. During her years at the zoos she worked hands on training some amazing animals! Her most rewarding work at the zoo was training a White Tiger, an African Leopard and a pair of African Servals.


She has branched out and started two trail camera projects. One is based in Massachusetts and the main focus is on bobcat field research. The other one is based in Belize and focuses on small wildcat field research and conservation.