|Hello everyone and thanks for tuning into this part of our website. My name is Mike
Larson and I have been developing the idea for Mikes Critters for a number of years.
I was born in January 1970 in Burnaby, B.C. Ive been lucky from the beginning, as
I was always surrounded by animals. First it was a Budgie named sweetheart, and Missy a
Russian Blue Cat. Although like a typical kid, I teased that poor cat, it was obvious from
early on that I had an interest in animals.
Throughout my childhood I continued to learn about animals and had begun dreaming of my
future with them. One such dream I had in grade 4 was My Safari Boots. During the early part of my childhood,
the pets and the people in our house continued to grow. We had a Cocker Spaniel, the cat, a cockatiel and my
little sister Christie, had a hamster. As well we had 15 fish tanks of African Chicilids.
Finally after lots of pestering from me, I was allowed my first pet: Japanese Fire-Bellied
Newts. It was at this time, that I started to learn about caring for, and maintaining
something that depended on me. (Well, Im sure both my parents had to help, thanks
Mom and Dad.) After several moves through the prairies, our family, plus the dog, and
bird, moved back to the Vancouver area in the early 1980s.
It wasnt until 1987, that my interest in animals really took off, I
was given a pair of Tokay Geckos, named Silent and Sam. Taking care of
them made me realize that I had missed having these animals in my life. From there my
interest and involvement expanded. Within no time my pets had expanded into my
zoo. I was soon breeding and people were asking my advice. I decided to join
various groups involving animals, and I took a job at a pet store, all the while
continuing to learn. I became a volunteer at the Vancouver Aquarium in the
early 1990s and learned so much more there. By this time, I had done some writing,
educating, breeding and was keeper of numerous species of exotic animals, ranging from
Jim, my Iguana, to Sleppy , my Lovebird. Finally, I decided to move to Vancouver to begin
concentrating on my business ideas. Deciding to finally get serious about these ideas, I
contacted BCIT and was accepted into the BEST program, which helps you turn your business
ideas into a proper working business plan. Since the course, I
have expanded Mikes Critters to include an Aquarium and Terrarium service,
educational and special programs, birthday parties and rentals to the entertainment
industry. My zoo has grown to over a hundred species of animal including Sammy the
Senegal Parrot and Curious George our new Chinchilla. I have also just expanded into
other areas such as Beneficial Bugs and Pet sitting/Boarding.
I am now are looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead and providing these unique,
enjoyable and educational services.