Melissa has been handling exotic animals her whole life. Her father, a Game Warden, introduced her at a yound age, as her family was active in wildlife rehabilitation, It was about 17 years ago when she acquired a cougar as a pet that she knew her destiny was to be involved with animals. One of her best friends was Samson - an amazingly gentle, 600 lb. Bengal Tiger that she still misses to this day.
It is Melissa's belief that by interacting with animals they may never encounter in the wild, people gain respect & a desire to protect and promote the conservation & preservation of our planet's wildlife