Originally founded in 2004, our organization early-on focused mostly on community education (especially in-school curriculum enrichment) based around live-animal presentations: our Wildlife Encounters® shows! Programs and classes delivered by highly skilled& passionate educators and presenters (see profiles below) feature a wide variety of non-releasable wildlife that live with us because they were:
- Injured in the wild and not able to survive independently
- exploited by the illegal trade in wildlife and placed with us by authorities
- abandoned, abused, neglected or otherwise surrendered former pets
- captive-bred in a US-based protected environment to participate in public education & species/biodiversity conservation efforts.
The Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center & Farm School is a family & employee-run, community-focused educational organization that is legally operating as a tax-paying limited liability corporation. Facilities in Rochester, NH are not generally open to the public but may be during certain seasons by appointment. That location is licensed, permitted and regularly visited and/or inspected by: the City of Rochester, Rochester PD/Animal Control, NH Fish & Game, NH Department of Agriculture, USDA and US Fisheries & Wildlife.
Please note: The Wildlife Encounters Ecology Center is not a zoo or production breeding facility. The owner and some staff are however professional members of various zoological, wildlife and conservation entities and many have degrees in biology, ecology, sustainable agriculture, conservation and more!
With regard to reproduction, propagation & breeding. The most fundamental biological mandate of all living things is to reproduce and pass on it’s genetic traits. It is the root of all biological desires and behaviors, and the most natural “right” of all things to pursue in the attempt to ensure the survival of it’s species.
Though we do not currently participate in any of the conservation efforts (AMP/SSP) for captive propagation of endangered species or domesticated farm animals, we do support and advocate for them so long as they are conducted ethically and as naturally as possible. Furthermore, we fundamentally disagree with and strongly oppose the efforts by small ideologically-driven segments of society to deprive domestic and wild animals and plants of their reproductive rights – and further oppose their long term agenda of domestic animal extinction and exclusion of animals from human society.
We support and/or are members of a number of “zoological and conservation industry” entities such as: the Zoological Association of America (ZAA), the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA), the Feline Conservation Federation (FCF), the Green Alliance (GA), the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and many more!