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Prices

How do you justify the prices you charge?
 
When people contact Talk To The Animals, they sometimes seem surprised about the prices we charge and we would like to include this page to explain why we charge what we do.
  
Our prices need to cover the following:
  • Specialised diets for each of our animals.  This may include frozen food for our snakes, livefood for our spiders, scorpions and hedgehogs, fresh fruit and vegetables for our tortoise and skunks.  It also includes the various vitamins and supplements that all our animals need to keep them healthy.  It takes us around an hour per day to prepare all the food for our animals. 
  • Vet treatments.  Unlike dogs, cats and rabbits, we cannot always take our animals to our closest vets.  Our reptiles, birds and invertebrates need specialist treatments by specialist vets.  When one of our skunks needed an operation, she had to be taken to a vets in Bedfordshire and we recently took our barn owl to the Royal Veterinary College at 11pm with a suspected broken toe.  The animals also need regular health check-ups and some require yearly vaccinations.  It really is never-ending.
  • Specialist heating and lighting.  Some of our animals can live quite happily at room temperature, or even outside.  Some, like the reptiles, insects and a few of the mammals need special heating equipment.  Some of our snakes, lizards and our tortoise need special lighting to help them absorb the vitamins from their food.  Without this heating and lighting, they would be unable to digest their food and would become ill.  Reptiles need heat to digest their food and even to move around.
  • Travel costs.  As you are probably aware, petrol costs have soared recently.  As well as the cost of travelling to your Event, we also have to pay for the trips to buy food and to take our animals to the vets.  We have to cover the cost of business travel on our vehicle.  By law, we also have to have a licence which allows us to transport animals for commercial purposes.
  • Insurance.  Although many of our animals cannot be covered by standard pet insurance policies, those who can be included are covered.  We also have to have Public Liability Insurance in case of any accidents.
  • Bedding and enclosures.  We strive to keep our animals in as natural way as possible, while also making their enclosures easy to maintain and keep clean.  All of this costs money, in terms of bedding for each animal as well as specialised cleaning materials.  Some of our animals need to be kept in groups, for example the ferrets.  If one of them cannot get along with it's friends, we have to rehouse them immediately to avoid injury.  This means we have to have a few spare enclosures always available.  There are also day to day repairs to enclosures, or new ways of enriching our animals lives to try out.  When our ferrets broke their enclosure, we had to repair it at midnight one night.
  • Wages.  We come right at the bottom of the pile.  We are very serious and passionate about what we do, but this is our living as well as our passion and we hope to be able to use it to pay our own bills as well as to pay for the upkeep of our animals.  We aim to use 2 people for each Event, and they both need to be paid something.  Not a lot, just something!  We are both zookeepers and you are paying for our years of experience.  A professional talk by professional zookeepers.