Every year an estimated 300 million animals are illegally imported into the United States as exotic pets. Most of these animals retain their natural instincts, behaviors, and dietary attributes––even those captivity bred, remain wild. It is infeasible to replicate their natural habitat, and meet their nutritional needs. From self-destructive feather plucking in birds, to metabolic bone disease in reptiles, the majority of medical issues they face stem from an inability to accommodate their psychological and biological needs. Without proper care, these animals are experiencing compromised lives marked by unnecessary disease and distress. "Displaced" is a look at the efforts of The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine in NYC, as they tend to these delicate animals who have been removed from their natural habitats and transplanted into a foreign environment.
Thank you to The Avian and Exotic Center in NYC, for their unwavering dedication and tireless efforts on behalf of all the pets that pass through their doors. They facilitate the rehoming of abandoned exotic pets, and are continually educating the public in hopes of cultivating a better understanding of the requirements involved in caring for these delicate creatures. They are compassionate stewards of the exotic animal kingdom, and I'm grateful to them for their openness, and for granting me access to their facility and work methods. I thank them for their trust and confidence in my efforts to try and effectively communicate all that they do.