We are always asked questions about what the public can and can not do?
Our mission as educators using live animals as teaching tools is not an easy task because we present to pre-schools, public or private schools, colleges, enivironmental groups, parks department, special needs, the deaf and church or religous groups. Just about any one with an interest in nature.
Many questions are asked and these are a few of the most frequent asked.
Can the public handle or touch the birds of prey?
No it is against the law for the public to handle or touch a native bird of prey.
Birds of prey even in captivity are protected under the Migratory Bird Act
and it is not good for them to be treated like pets for they are not pets
and only tolorate the handler as a familiar indivdual that cares for and feeds them.
Can the public handle or touch the reptiles?
It depends on the show or exhibit, the species and how large a group.
We do not allow animals to be stressed or treated like objects.
Can the public take pictures?
Yes as long as you do not disrupt the show or exhibit.
Will flashes from a camera harm or bother birds of prey or reptiles?
No it is no diferent than a lighting storm.
Where are the birds of prey kept when not used for shows or exhibits?
They are house outside in aviaries called Mews that are regulated to size by species/or the needs of that bird and provided bath pan, perches and enrichment objects such as tennis balls, bones and peices of wood to play with.
Where are the amphibians and reptiles kept when not used for shows or exhibits?
They are housed in special reptile cages indoors sized by the species or age decorated with fake plants, rocks, provided hide boxes, water bowls and special lighting, climate controled for species that require temperate or tropical conditions, including hibernation if needed.
What do you feed your animals?
The reptiles eat fresh or thawed frozen quail, chickens, rodents, exotic zoo animal diets, fresh vegetables, fruit and/or insects such as crickets or insect larvae along with reptile vitamins.
The birds of prey eat fresh or thawed frozen quail, insect larvae and rodents along with hawk vitamins. The osprey's eat live or fresh thawed frozen whole fish.
Nutrition is extremely important to our animals for their health and life span.
We also rescue not only raptors, but taken in unwanted amphibians and reptiles to be used in our educational presentations and exhibits or in breeding projects, we are not a pet shop and do not sell animals but place animals with other educational organizations or facilites.
Coopers Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)