All posts in Captive Exotic

Patti Ragan, founder of The Center for Great Apes

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the fifth program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida, and likely the way the broadcast will come together for the next few weeks.

Patti Ragan—the founder of The Center for Great Apes, the sanctuary in Wauchula, Florida Ragan started 27 years ago that houses chimpanzees and orangutans—provides some updates on the facility, having been a guest on the show twice before. Read more…

William Nimmo, founder of Tigers in America, assesses “Tiger King”

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing Stay at Home order, I produced and recorded this show remotely from home, the second program prepared this way at the Talking Animals corporate headquarters in Jupiter Farms, Florida, and likely the way the broadcast will be assembled for the foreseeable future.

William Nimmo—founder of  Tigers in America, a rescue network that has relocated more than 250 tigers from private owners, roadside zoos, and other nefarious operations, to top-tier sanctuaries—recalls his first expedition to pull tigers from a facility that had gone bankrupt, closed and planned to euthanize all the animals. Read more…

Helena Kriel, founder of Baby Rhino Rescue

Helena Kriel—founder of Baby Rhino Rescue, which seeks to raise awareness of the rhino poaching crisis, and raise money for the care of baby rhinos who’ve become orphaned through that poaching—recalls her formative years in South Africa, growing up with a strong affinity for animals. Read more…

William Nimmo, founder of Tigers In America

William Nimmo— founder of Tigers In America, a New York City-based nonprofit that seeks to help mitigate the captive-bred tiger crisis in the U.S.—explains how a guy in the midst of career in banking and brokerage got started rescuing tigers in 2011. Read more…

Michele Raffin, founder of Pandemonium Aviaries

Michele Raffin— founder and CEO of Pandemonium Aviaries, a Northern California conservation organization dedicated to saving birds—recounts how rescuing an injured dove she spotted on the side of the road some 15 years ago launched her on the long, winding road she traveled moving Pandemonium from seat-of-the-pants rescue operation to internationally prominent breeding facility for avian species facing extinction due to the destruction of their natural habitat. Read more…