How Extreme Are They?
Meet Melissa Meadows and her daughter Shana Miller. Together, they are the driving force behind Extreme Animals.
Melissa has been handling exotic animals her whole life. Having a father as a Game Warden, Melissa was introduced at a young age to all manner of native wildlife. Since her family was also very active in wildlife rehabilitation, she acquired a cougar when she was about 17 years old. Having this amazing big cat as a pet, Melissa began to understand that her destiny was to be involved with the care, conservation and rehabilitation of all kinds of animals. One of her best friends was Samson - an amazingly gentle, 600 lb. Bengal Tiger that left such a profound impact on her life, she still misses him to this day. It is Melissa's belief that by interacting with animals most people would never encounter in the wild, they gain respect and a desire to protect and promote the conservation & preservation of our planet's wildlife.
Why are Exotic Animals the critters of choice for you to work with?
With her daughter at her side, having been raised literally along side lions and tigers and bears (oh my!)...it was never even a question that other normal people would LOVE the chance to meet and touch and learn all about the amazing animals we share a planet with. And what if they could bring the animals into the homes of the people to interact with them in an intimate, comfortable setting? Even better....and who wouldn't want a kangaroo at their kid's birthday party?? Genius! What better way to teach people about these wonderful creatures, how their environments are so important to our world and how best to protect them from extinction!
photo cred: Kourtney Huddleston