As a child, Seth spent all his time learning about animals; at 19, he got his first parrot – Zoe the Macaw.
In an effort to socialize Zoe, Seth would regularly volunteer at his local Long-Term Care Home. These interactions enriched the lives of many senior residents (and Zoe), and became a positive experience that steered Seth into a lifelong career.
In 2011 Seth turned his passion for animals into a business – Hands on Exotics. Throughout the past decade, his business has grown into an outreach organization that offers programs including:
We have a dedicated group of zookeepers who help to support our wonderful team of animals.
Our mission at Hands On Exotics is to:
We realize our mission through three main areas; outreach, programing, and advocacy.
There are different wildlife conservation strategies out that many amazing people put hard work into. However, we are a very small organization and do not have the facilities to run large conservation projects like breeding programs on endangered animals. Education and personal experiences are how we contribute to the fundamental change in society’s attitude necessary to conserve wildlife – we want to show people why they should care! We also endeavor to use our funds and help conservation issues when possible.
At Hands on Exotics, we want to do what we can to prevent rainforest habitat loss from mining. Learn more about the issue and how you can help below:
In 2011, Hands on Exotics started through programming at local nursing homes. Now we offer services to hospitals, adult day programs, autism and special needs groups, and other similar facilities on a regular basis.
We’ve taken some time to gather some frequently asked questions. We’ve organized them into three areas below. Have a question that is not addressed below? Feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions.
Visit our animals page to see our full list of birds, creepy crawlies, dinosaurs, furries, reptiles and amphibians