in the US Are Considered Exotic. (Source: Ecological Society of America)
exotic pets in Canada.
( World Animal Protection 2019 Risky business: The unregulated exotic pet trade in Canada. World Animal Protection: Ontario, Canada)
One of the best ways to help these animals is by spreading awareness & education about them. Most people really do love animals, and their intent is not to harm or to distress them but to learn about them and experience the incredible wonder of nature. The unfortunate fact is that without understanding the habits, cost and habitat of these animals before purchasing them, it may be doing them more harm than good. If you are unable to donate or volunteer with us, the next best thing is to spread this awareness. By sharing our videos & our journey with your friends and family you will be promoting awareness and education on exotic animals so that less of them end up in rescues like ours and they can be properly cared for in their own habitats, or in one home for their entire lives.
The simple answer is, it depends. It depends on the animal, it depends on the province. Here is a link to the Government of Canada website with some information.
Well that depends on the animal. The core elements of caring for any animal is FOOD, HEALTH, HABITS, and HABITAT. Depending on each animal this can vary extensively and again will require extensive research. For example, wallabies need a special formula of milk when they are babies and require different feed (Vegetables, hay, and other supplemented food) once they get to a certain age. Their health requirements vary based on the individual but there are some things to look out for (Tooth decay, pouch condition, eating habits, weight, etc.). Their habits are typically up during the day, active at dusk and dawn and sleeping through the night. They need ample room for running and hopping to exercise, and they are very social animals who require a mob to feel safe and comfortable. And their habitat can vary, they live in grassy, mountainous, rocky and arid regions.
Absolutely not. Exotic animals require much larger amounts of time and energy to keep them healthy and happy, than a cat, dog or even a few fish. The most challenging and complicated animals to own is not a good place to start, and sometimes this is why we are left with animals because people have gotten in way over their heads.
It depends on the animal. But you can expect the cost to range anywhere from $5000/year to $50 000+/year. This is why it is so important to do research on all of these animals before purchasing.
All of the animals here at Cobb’s Exotic Animal Rescue are safe and healthy. Although this is not their natural habitat, they can still thrive in this climate. Bennet’s wallabies for example live in mountainous regions of tasmania where the climate is very similar to our rocky mountains here. So they can withstand the cold. Where as something like a python will require a terrarium with humidity control, extensive heat and other elements that must be provided in a closed safe environment.
Donate, donate donate! The absolute best way to help support the welfare of the animals here at Cobb’s Exotic Animal Rescue is to help support them financially. It is a massive toll to care for one exotic animal, and we have over 50 of them! Our goal is to put up a building on our property to house all of these animals and create an education center where people can come to learn about these incredible animals. This will cost over 3million dollars and will take lots of time and energy from plenty of staff to operate. That is why the best thing to do to help is DONATE.