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. Through our sessions we educate young and old about the environmental impact of keeping pets. 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 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 and over consumption of natural resources.
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
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 supported with donations and volunteering was The National Fox Welfare Society.
2017: We aimed to meet the 5 main categories of enrichment for all our species. These being sensory, novel, food, environmental and behavioural.
2018: We have been awarded a Kent Wildlife Trust Wild About Gardens 2018 Silver Gilt Award and Best Dragon Garden 2018. It was noted that we had a rare population of lizards unusual to the area
We have installed two water butts to harvest rainwater. We are now able to provide all small animals and some livestock with water this way. This is particularly good for animals that require chlorine free water. We are now able to provide food and water harvested directly from the smallholding.
We invested in a lifesize, life like replica reindeer to provide an alternative to hiring live reindeer for seasonal events - as reindeer are not suited for the UK climate and habitat, leading shortened lives being used in Christmas displays for profit and kept in unsuitable conditions
2019: We have removed plastic packaging where possible. Our kitchen and toilet roll is now delivered in bulk from "Who Gives A Crap" which donates 50% of it's profits to providing sanitary conditions in third world countries. We no longer use or provide liquid soap, having replaced with solid bar soap. All animal laundry is done with cardboard box packaged non biological soap powder and general cleaning is done with plastic free cleaning products.
We won a Kent Wildlife Trust GOLD Wild About Gardens Award
Our viviparous lizards have increased in population with a further hibernation site being identified.
We joined the #Unblocktober campaign
The wildlife pond at HQ supports common frogs and toads, palmate and smooth newts and grass snakes
At Canterbury College after receiving the Kent Wildlife Trust Wild About Gardens "Best Dragon Garden" Award 2018