Wildside Furry Exotics is a newly formed, non-profit organisation based in Worcestershire. Wespecialise in the care and rehabilitation of non-native exotic pet species and the education of thegeneral public on our exotic animals' natural habits and habitats.
We currently offer an outreach program for schools, colleges, special needs facilities and corporate or fund raising events. For these visits a selection of our exotic animals are taken off site and temporarily housed in our mobile display area. We actively encourage people to interact with our animals, giving them the opportunity to stroke, smell and play with them and through their experience learn about the various different species we care for.
We currently hold a large stock of exotic animals ranging from mammals, reptiles, rodents and insects.
Although the outreach visits are fun and educational for our clients, it can prove to be quite stressful for the animals, particularly if there are long journeys, adverse weather conditions or numerous bookings within a short space of time. The welfare of our animals is always our primary concern and it is from this that we have developed our new organisational objective.
We propose to open a permanent exotic animal welfare centre consisting of: Large animal enclosures with their own powered overnight shelters and a varied range of enrichment both natural and man-made.
Open paddock areas for more domestic animals such as pigs, goats and horses. An isolation and treatment centre catering for sick and pregnant animals with food storage and preparation area.
- A heated nocturnal and reptile house.
- A information centre and shop
At the heart of the new facility would be a state of the art visitor and education centre. We envisage this element of the facility as an extension of the classroom, where large groups of children could visit and immerse themselves in a rainforest environment, whilst learning about the animals, their habitats, conservation and ecology. Where higher education students could visit as part of their course for lectures and practicals on animal handling, rearing and husbandry. With this we would offer animal care and welfare apprenticeships for anyone looking to enter the field of zoology, animal care or veterinary practice.
The whole facility would be open to the general public with a low admission price to cover animal and site running costs, with any profits reinvested into the centre on improved facilities, expansion of the site and a larger variety of exotic species.