Duane Foster with some of his animals.
DENBIGH, Clarendon — A cell petting zoo was a massive strike with patrons at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Foods Clearly show. Though only the courageous petted the snakes and iguana, numerous savored image ops with the vibrant birds, fluffy rabbits, and other animals that seemed a ton much less overwhelming.
According to Duane Foster from Exotic Pet Displays, this has been 1 of their most effective encounters at Denbigh.
“Persons have claimed this has been one particular of the most interesting tents they have been to and this claim was obvious by the group that collected all around the tent as individuals appeared on and some others took prospects taking images with the animals. We have usually been at the Denbigh exhibit but in no way took this a lot of animals. This 12 months we teamed up with 4-H and so we are sharing their room,” he mentioned.
Duane Foster displaying a patron how to pet the snake.
“Coming to Denbigh has been great, particularly to see the adore that folks are exhibiting us and how they come to interact with our animals and how gentle they are. It reveals that there are superior persons close to that enjoy these items that mother nature has presented us,” he included.
As a person who has personally benefited from the therapeutic effects of partaking with animals when he was going via tough instances, Foster was eager to clearly show them off to all who visited the booth.
“The animals finished up taking part in a great function in my lifestyle. Wanting immediately after them helped me to get more than anxiety, anger, assisted with self-regulate and trauma. Mi convey to folks enuh to fully grasp and take pleasure in an animal, you can respect any human getting. Bear in mind, animals have the alternative of leaving when you permit them go, but they constantly come again, while human beings in your circle have awareness and comprehension and they use you. So it truly is a pleasure for me to have these animals,” he claimed.
Some of the exotic birds on screen at Denbigh.
A patron at the display, who gave his identify as Owen, frequented the petting zoo with his 11-calendar year-outdated daughter, was plainly impressed.
“It is really a good look. My daughter required to see what was occurring so we arrived above listed here. She only pet a person of the canines but will never pet the other animals as she is a small concerned,” he mentioned.
Foster is familiar with how important it is for young children to study to respect animals at an early age, like he did.
A member of the Exotic Pet Exhibits group looks on as a small girl pets the really like birds.
“I was introduced up with a lot of animals, but my grandmother experienced a ton of macaws and I experienced a buddy, Gavin Hayles, who experienced a wide variety of doves. A bond designed amongst us and then we decided to go massive and unique. Then the team commenced to improve a lot more and additional so we acquired more animals and introduced them into Jamaica,” he said of his journey to launching Unique Pets Reveals.
All their animals were being legally imported and their collection does not contain species that are guarded or endemic to Jamaica, he stressed.
“We concentrate on a large vary of pets, these types of as macaws, yellow-naped Amazon, enjoy birds, budgies, and quails and various kinds of pheasants, canine, rabbits, hamsters, snakes, amongst other individuals,” reported Foster.
Outdoors of Denbigh, the flexibility of a cellular petting zoo makes it possible for the team to do picture shoots, birthday functions, and other pursuits and functions that have the ability to accommodate pets.
“We use them for rehabilitation needs, so if you are a pet lover you can appear and spend time with our animals. We also go to colleges in rural spots that cannot manage to occur to the zoo in Kingston or Portmore. We carry the animals to them and make them have a blast for the working day,” reported Foster.