We understand that many people may never have an opportunity to interact with some of the species that we bring to our programs, so we try to make everything as interactive as possible. With the exception of large group performances (more than 30 individuals), we allow opportunities for guests to touch most of our animals. For groups under 30 individuals, each person will be able to touch most of the animals and hold our ferrets if ferrets are part of the package requested. We offer an additional Meet-and-Greet package which allows your guests to tell us which animals they would like to hold, interact with, or pose for pictures. We also value these interactions with our animals as learning opportunities for reading body language, building empathy, and teaching technique and safety practices when interacting with animals.
Can we have your program outside?
Yes, however there are limitations on which friends we can bring. Our birds do not have their wings clipped, so they would be kept in a cage for the duration of the event if it is held outdoors. If our parrot is willing to wear their flight harness, they may be available for more interactive engagement in an outdoor setting. We cannot make any guarantees about their willingness to wear their flight harness. Weather is ideal in the spring and fall. In the summer, we limit our outdoor performances to reptile-only packages. Our fuzzy and feathered animal friends would be too uncomfortable in the heat. If you have an indoor space available at your event, we are happy to do the reptile portion of our program outside and then head inside to see the last few fuzzy or feathered animals.
Do the animals bite?
Our friends are all very gentle and are used to being handled. Any animal with a mouth can bite, but it is unlikely that our friends would do so. It is an assumed risk when working with animals that bites and scratches can happen. Our knowledgeable animal handlers will take measures to prevent potential incidents.
Will my child be able to hold any of the animals?
For private parties, absolutely! That is what makes this experience different from a trip to a zoo. Most of our animals can be touched, held, and given treats. Our animal handlers are happy to assist others in learning proper handling technique for the safety and comfort of all of our friends and your guests.
What types of payment do you accept?
Cash, check, and credit card are all acceptable. Payment is collected at the time of service.
Is photography allowed?
Yes, as long as it doesn't interfere with the safety and health of our friends! Feel free to post your pictures online and tag us in them, too! We love to see other people enjoying our friends as much as we do. Some show packages have additional photo time just so you can get those pictures just right.
Where do all these animals live?
The current roster of available animals all live with the owner, Alex. We have experimented with having a separate facility, but it is much easier to provide their care with someone living with them full time and having our dedicated staff to assist with their care. Not to mention, Alex finds their quality of life much better in the presence of their animal friends. As part of our exhibitor license with the USDA, we have a veterinarian who does a walk-through inspection once per year and a surprise inspection from a representative at least once per year as well. For the number of animals in our care, it takes a minimum of four hours a day and it costs about $15,000-$20,000 each year.
Can we come visit your facility?
No, we do not offer services at our facility. Our animals work very hard and we want their home to be their area to relax and enjoy themselves. By allowing frequent visitors, it would cause unnecessary stress.