Meet The Team

The team here at South West Reptile are what keeps us running and enables us to rescue and rehabilitate as many reptiles as we do. Without every single one of them we simply wouldn't be able to do the work we do. We are also all volunteers and rely heavily on your kind donations.

Find out more about us below.

Leon Yates - Co-Founder

Leon Yates

Co-founder of South West Reptile Rescue and Rehab, Leon has over 10yrs reptile EXP and has had a strong interest his entire life, idolising Steve Irwin. He is 31 yrs old, father of 5 and has many Family members based in Australia. He also runs his own plumbing business. His favourite species is The Australian Water Dragon.

Jo Yates - Co-Founder

Jo Yates

Co-founder of South West Reptile Rescue and Rehab. Jo currently has 3yrs reptile EXP and has spent countless hours studying many species in both captivity and the wild. She is 25yrs old, mother of 3 and also cares for her niece. She is working towards studying vetenary medicine and wishes to gain a herpetology degree and open a wild life hospital once they have both emmigrated to Austrailia. Her favourite species is Dumerils Boa Constrictor.

Charley Mairs - Work Experience

Charley Mairs

Charley Mairs is 16 years old and currently studying towards a level 2 animal care diploma with a work placement here at the rescue. Charley has been around reptiles for 4 years and wants to one day open a zoo. Her favourite species are Boa's, Burm's, Iggy's and Cham's.

Richard Scott - Show Team

Richard Scott

Richard Scott is 32 years old and is part of our Show Team! He also fosters reptiles on our behalf and has 13 years experience of exotics keeping. He hopes to renew his DWA liscence and own a Spectacled Caiman. His favourite species are Alligator Snapping Turtle and Gaboon Viper.

Michael John Halliday AKA Easy - Show Team

Michael John Halliday AKA Easy

Easy is 22 years old and also part of our show team! He has 5 years experience and is also is a great viv builder in his spare time! He wants to one day open his own rescue, and has a love for all reptiles.

Our Amazing Facebook Team - Facebook Admins

Our Amazing Facebook Team

We have an amazing team of Admins over on our Facebook page. They are all there to help so please if you need any advice or information on re-homing please do ask any of them. They are Jo Yates, Leon Yates, Felicity Hannah, Martin Fyfe, Gordon Bone, Nichola Richardson, Charley Mairs and John Paul Madine.