Safe Haven & Educational Adventures, Inc. is a permanent refuge for rescued exotic wildlife that have been abandoned, abused, lost, surrendered, or death of owner.
Many people fall in love with the beauty of a large bird, the intrigue of a reptile or even the playfulness of a monkey and decide to take one on as a pet. What they don't realize until it's too late is that this experience is not as enjoyable as they had expected. It usually ends up being too much work, too expensive or the animal's natural behavior is not as expected or desired. These animals require a lot of special care and for that reason there are very few places willing to take them.
Safe Haven provides a high quality, stable, safe and permanent home for every animal in our care. To provide the best care possible we are governed by a board of directors and have close working relationships with local veterinarians.
We take our knowledge, extensive experience, and animal ambassadors into the community through our educational programs. Our educational programs provide an up-close encounter for children and adults of all ages. We provide an understanding of the natural behaviors, abilities and habitats of the animals as well as covering environmental issues, endangered species, responsible pet selection and ownership.
We are licensed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
We are a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
S. Nigel Platt - born and raised in England, spent his teen years as a private breeder of reptiles while growing as an amateur herpetologist. His professional start was with Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford, England. He served as Reptile, Amphibian and Aquarium Curator of the third largest collection of reptiles in the UK and established their protocols for safe handling and breeding programs. He came to the US in 1993 where he grew his career and became known as an expert in the zoological field.
1993 - Herpetologist for the Toledo Zoo, OH
1996 - Animal Curator, Mesker Park Zoo, IN
2000 - General Curator, Greenville Zoo, SC
2007 - Reaseheath College Teaching Zoo, Nantwich, England
2007 - Executive Director, Safe Haven & Educational Adventures
· Educational and scientific expert for wildlife documentaries, BBC
· Inspector for Her Majesty’s Custom & Excise, UK
· Accreditation inspector, The Association of Zoos and Aquariums
· Train Animal Inspectors (identity/safe handling of reptiles), Greenville County
· Train Medical Staff on venomous bites and stings, Greenville Hospital System
· Antivenin Index Coordinator for nearly 10 years
Nigel continues to serve as Executive Director of Safe Haven while also sharing his expertise by lecturing for institutions such as Reaseheath, Oxford, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland Veterinary Conference, Tri-County Veterinary Tech program and Furman University.
An expert at identification of native animals and plants, he enjoys guiding nature tours and has even lead a group of students on a teaching safari in South Africa.
He has written numerous contributions to the Annual ASRA Journal of Herpetology in addition to “Reptile House Notes for Inspectors” and “Keeping Venomous Snakes”, both adopted by the Federation of British Zoological Gardens.
Nigel is also passionate about Rugby and serves as both a coach and referee at the high school, collegiate and senior levels.
Kim Chiswell - After completing her BS in Chemistry early from Quinnipiac College in Connecticut, Kim decided to follow her lifelong dream of working with animals. Her professional career began in 1993 at a privately owned zoo while she was completing college. Here she had the unique experience of hand raising many animals including leopards, tigers, wolves and bears. In addition to feeding, cleaning and providing enrichment for chimpanzees, orangutans, baboons and other primates, she also presented live animal stage presentations and gave guided group tours. In 1995 Kim set her sights on a new goal and moved to Florida to begin working for Walt Disney World ® Resorts.
· 1993 - Private Zoo working with exotic animals, CT
· 1995 - Walt Disney World ® Resorts, FL
Diet Prep and Nutrition
Guest animal encounters
Behavioral research, husbandry and training of animals
Area Inspector, AZA and USDA guidelines
· 2000 - Team Leader, North Carolina Zoological Park, NC
· 2007 - Education Director, Safe Haven & Educational Adventures, SC
· 2008 - Veterinary Tech, Sunrise Vet Clinic, SC
· 2001 - Volunteer and consultant, Greenville Zoo, SC
Kim’s career with Disney and the Zoos has provided her with a combination of zoological education and animal care experience which is unique to most zoologists. Her career path has been perfectly suited for her role as Director of Education at Safe Haven.
After she moved to Greenville, SC in 2001 she started adopting exotic animals. During this time she was volunteering at the Greenville Zoo and met S. Nigel Platt. Fast forward about 6 years and together they decided to turn a hobby and dream into reality by starting Safe Haven & Educational Adventures, Inc. Run with the help of a board of directors, Kim and Nigel have turned their homestead into a place where exotic animals come to spend the rest of their lives, well cared for and loved.
As a managing Director, Kim is in charge of education programs for the public but also trains all volunteers in safe animal handling, feeding and care. She can be found at the sanctuary every day running operations and overseeing the volunteers. This is her passion and she wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
Our organization is funded entirely by grants and public donations. Your support helps to provide habitats, healthy diets, enrichment and veterinary care.
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