Sustainability and Mission
During 2013, Amazing Animal Encounters aimed to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on our planet. We recycle, re-use and compost at head quarters and choose the shortest routes possible for our journeys to sessions.
In 2014 we looked at reducing the impact our animals make by reassessing how and what we feed them, looking to source feedstuffs locally produced, organic and home grown. We grow our own hard and soft fruits, including our organic orchard with pears, apples, medlars, cherries, plums and quinces. Amongst other crops we grow sugar snap peas, runner beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, spinach, strawberries, boisonberries, raspberries, currants, beetroot, lettuce, blueberries, peaches, butternut squash and pumpkins.
The majority of the animals that we use for sessions are unwanted, abandoned or have had to be rehomed due to changes of circumstance. We are not a big supporter of the commercial pet trade and through our sessions hope to educate young and old about the unsuitability of many creatures sold to the domestic customer. The vast majority are unsustainable, a massive drain of the planet's dwindling resources and causing a big impact with the carbon footprint caused by their care.
We will be in consultation with experts in the field of sustainability to do all we can to minimise our business impact over the coming year. The smallholding is organic.
Amazing Animal Encounters was started to fund the animals in our care, all kept as personal pets in the home. Amazing Animal Encounters means the animal's care is financed and we are able to take on more exotic animals in need of a suitable, experienced home with the time to look after them. These animals have a real meaningful existence, educating about their wild brothers and sisters, the destruction of the habitats and environments and steering people away from irresponsible pet ownership.
Amazing Animal Encounters is also particularly keen to support worthwhile children's charities. Twice a year we offer free sessions to a deserving charity, group or individual. Applications for a free session are invited in November and January each year.
We are proud to always be in consultation with other expert colleagues in the field, always adapting and updating husbandry techniques and the way we work with our clients. We can provide recommendations of animal handlers and educators in areas outside of our own who we feel meet our specific standards in animal care and educational presentation
2015: Close to our hearts are supporting keeping the ban on hunting with hounds and reducing light pollution, especially in rural areas. At Amazing Animal Encounters we use no external lighting whatsoever and support organisations that help fight against illegal hunting with hounds through our social media accounts and educational sessions.
We started offering 'smallholding school' sessions on subjects such as fruit tree pruning, growing food and animal husbandry techniques for those looking to become more self sustainable.
2016: Our 'Chosen Charity' who we will be supporting with donations and volunteering is The National Fox Welfare Society.
We are currently looking into obtaining Soil Association certified Organic status for the small holding
We aim to meet the 5 main categories of enrichment for all our species. These are sensory, novel, food, environmental and behavioural. In 2016, each species will be assessed to see if we are meeting these 5 categories and if not, we will implement steps to reach all 5.
The wildlife pond at HQ supports common frogs and toads, palmate and smooth newts and grass snakes