Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles


Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets… While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favourite lizard with her everywhere – she even brought a crocodile to school!

When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the Natural History Museum in London. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumoured-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children’s tea parties – with her komodo dragon as the guest of honour.

With a lively text and vibrant illustrations, scientist and writer Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala bring to life Joan Procter’s inspiring story of passion and determination.

This book is for ages 3-8. It is in paperback format and measures 28 x 21.7 x 0.5 cm.



  • Dimensions: 28 x 21.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Weight: 215 g
  • Authors: Patricia Valdez. Illustrator: Felicita Sala
  • Publisher: Andersen Press
  • Pages: 40
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781783447411