This great video was put together by Shelby Cook during our Indiegogo fundraiser. While that campaign is over, we still gladly accept donations toward our daily operations and our continuing conservation efforts.
Lindsey, a co-founder of Window to the Wild, grew up in Michigan and as a child she developed a passion for animals. She always dreamed of one day owning her own company where she could help animals and their environment all around the world. Lindsey graduated from Siena Heights University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology. After graduation she did a nine month internship at a wildlife refuge with many different types of exotic animals, including lions, tigers and bears. Following this internship, she started working as a keeper at the Toledo Zoo where she met up with Natural Encounters, Inc. who were producing a bird show there. In 2003 she was hired to work at the show and was hired as a full time trainer shortly thereafter. Lindsey worked for NEI for 10 years, with 4 years being a supervisor and has produced, choreographed, and performed animal shows all across the country at zoos including San Diego (which won an award in 2009 for "Best Overall Production between $300,001-$500,000 at IAAPA), Toledo, Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut, Philadelphia, Dallas, and a free flight bird show at the State Fair of Texas. She has also worked as a trainer and performed animal shows for the L.A. Zoo, Birds and Animals Unlimited "Animal Planet Live" show at Universal Studios Hollywood, Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Phoenix Zoo. NEI and Birds and Animals Unlimited are known as the best animal training companies in the world. Working at these incredible places she has gained so much knowledge on training and producing shows now she is ready to use this information for our company. She has learned the ins and outs of this business and has seen what gets people excited about animals and what promotes people to help them in the wild and to conserve their environment.
Simon McNeny, a co-founder of Window to the Wild, was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where he dreamt of one day opening his own zoo. Growing up his idol was Steve Irwin and he hoped that someday he could raise awareness about wildlife like Irwin did. Simon was homeschooled until the age of 16 when he enrolled as a dual credit student at Collin College. He graduated with an Associates of Science degree and at 19 attended Texas A&M as a junior and completed his Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Simon began his work with animals at the age of 13 as a volunteer at his local animal shelter. Over the next 6 years he dedicated more than 4500 hours of time to the shelter, assisted with routine vaccinations, cleaned cages, bottle fed orphaned raccoons, squirrels, and opossums, and acquired several snakes for his homeschool terrarium. From the age of 16 Simon began taking snakes and other reptiles to summer camps and homeschool co-ops to give educational talks. Speaking to groups of people came naturally to him thanks to the 9 years of theatrical performance he had gained at his local community theatre. Since graduating from A&M Simon began his zoo career with hoof stock at the Dallas Zoo. His primary care were Okapi but he also worked with Gemsbok, Bongo and Zebra to name just a few and gave regular keeper talks to the general public. Since then Window to the Wild acquired their first birds including two baby Blue and Gold Macaws and a Rose-breasted Cockatoo. They began the training of these birds for free flight demonstrations to be showcased in a contracted resort or zoo.
Lindsey McNeny, President, Window to the Wild, Inc.
Simon McNeny, Vice President, Window to the Wild, Inc.
Beth Morse, Judicial Secretary, Circuit Court-Lenawee County Court House
Vivienne McNeny, Host of Internet Radio Show, "The Sociable Homeschooler"
Lacey Zeno, Animal Trainer/Show Presenter, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Micah Figeroa, Actor/Producer/Director of Operations, Odradek Theatre
Jennifer Chapman, Senior Mammal Keeper, San Diego Zoo
Brian Chapman, Quality control manager, DBSI
Jeremy Haynes, Manager and Finance Controller, Malai Kitchen
At Window to the Wild, our vision is to ignite the relationship between future generations and the natural world.