“Jungle John” has been entertaining in the Tri-State area, and around the United States, since 1988 – over a quarter of a century! After receiving a degree in Zoo keeping from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, he became Supervisor at the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware for 6+ years. In addition to animal care and supervisory responsibilities, he did animal shows for their traveling zoo program. He left in 1988 to start his own business. His specialty is the “Jungle John” show, where he comes dressed in a safari outfit (including pith helmet) and provides an entertaining and educational live reptile show. Always with him is “Wally Gator”, a 6-1/2 foot American alligator, and “Larry Boa”, an 10-ft. boa constrictor, along with various other reptiles and amphibians (and a few from the insect world as well). The shows are presented in a fun and entertaining style. As Jungle John he has performed at schools, corporate events, private parties (including birthdays), trade shows, the Grand Opera House, the Museums of Natural History in Delaware and Philadelphia, the Governor’s mansion, and hundreds of other venues and events. He has also been a featured attraction at First Nights in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.
John is also an accomplished balloon artist, and has added many other shows to his repertoire including a “Man-Eating Balloon Show”, the finale of which includes John climbing inside of a 6-ft. balloon. He can be seen most weeknights at local restaurants entertaining with his balloons (see Events section for locations and times).
Jungle John is a two-time Guinness World Record holder and a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Record holder; he has appeared on the “Guinness World Records: Primetime” television show, “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” the Ricki Lake Show, and numerous other national and local television and radio shows. He also appeared this summer on “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT”!!!
As a company, Jungle John Entertainment provides entertainment services such as balloon artists, face painters, stilt walkers, jugglers, seasonal characters (Santa & the Easter Bunny) and more! We also provide animals and entertainment for television and movie appearances.
If you’re having an event and are looking for exciting, professional, unique entertainment, give us a call!