That time of year is swiftly rolling around again, and it can be difficult to decide on what Christmas gift to purchase, especially for the animal lover in the family! Whether they're a fan of the fox, or a lover of the lion, ensure you get the perfect present for your animal-loving friend this year. It's time to skip the traditional Christmas dog mug this year and treat your activist to something they truly deserve.

For the fearless:

If your animal-loving bestie is a total junkie for scales, then a cuddle with snakes is going to be exactly what they wished for this year. The reptile encounter for two at the Ark Wildlife Park in Lincolnshire allows your friend and their plus one to get seriously up close and personal with nature's most tropical creatures. Allow them to come face-to-face with iguanas, pythons, geckos and more of their favourite cold-blooded creatures. And why not relive the moment afterwards with lunch for two in the beautiful Kalahali Cafe?

For the cuddler:

If chilling with the reptiles really isn't for them, or if the thought of holding a 6-foot python is enough to defriend you, then maybe a day with the Madagascan animals if more their thing! Feed and stroke the resident ring-tailed lemurs before moving on to swoon over the black and white ruffed lemurs. A cuddle or two with these beautiful primates may be exactly what your animal-lover wants.

For the globe-trotter:

Present your animal-lover with a little slice of Africa this Christmas with the African Animal Encounter at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom Zoo. A truly remarkable experience where they can get face-to-face and cuddle the hand-reared meerkats before meeting the resident servals. A truly magnificent chance to experience the wonders of Africa's beautiful wildlife.

Whatever animals and creatures they are infatuated with, there is an experience to suit.