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Common Questions

Q. Why do you keep animals in captivity?
A. The animals in our care are captively bred and not able to hunt or defend themselves in the wild. Over 90% of the animals in our care are socialized and do not have their natural fear of humans. This could potentially further cause them harm by cars, hunters, etc. At Vanishing Species, we strive to provide a safe, healthy, care-free life for each of our animals.
Q. Why do you use animals in shows?

American students are struggling to keep up with the rest of the world in math and science. (See Wildlife Education for more details.) We strive to impart our enthusiasm and love of animals and science to children of all ages in the hopes of improving understanding, care, and conservation of our natural world. Our bedrock principle is best summed up by conservationist Baba Dioum:

"In the end we will all conserve only what we love,
love only what we understand, and we will
only understand what we are taught."

Q. Do your animals ever bite or scratch people?
A. Absolutely. Any animal, including humans, can bite and/or scratch. However, our handlers are carefully and methodically trained how to protect themselves and the public without pain, stress, or discomfort to the animals.
Q. Do you drug/sedate your animals for shows?
A. Absolutely not! Our attitude has always been that any animal that must be sedated to be exhibited or handled simply shouldn't be exhibited or handled.
Q. Where do you get your funding?
A. We work for it! Our educational programs and other services are reasonably priced and we perform 20-25 of them per month. In addition people from all over the US contribute to Vanishing Species through donations of money, labor, food and materials.
Q. Are you government sponsored?
A. We do not currently pursue government funds because these types of grants can change or disappear from administration to administration. If you would like to learn how to help us, please visit our Help Us section of the website.

How do I get an exotic animal (big cat, wolf, lizard, snake, bird, etc.) as a pet?


We don't recommend exotics as pets. However, if you have your heart set on an unusual pet, read our Exotic Pet Starting Guide and Checklist.

Q. Do you sell your animals?
A. We are always on the hunt for good homes for rescues that do not work well with our educational programs, which is our primary focus. However, we are not a pet store or breeder.
Q. Do you breed?
A. We selectively breed our animals, particularly our carnivores, for our education programs. Rescues can be dangerous to expose to the public unless they arrive at our facility very early in their life. This is because our handlers have not had the opportunity to develop a bond with the animal from an early age. We also do not know their life's history--for example, a rescued animal that was abused with a rake by his previous owner may have an understandable fear of rakes. This can lead to tragic results in a public setting, if we don't know about it.


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