Mollie King- Owner & Managing Director
From a young age I have always had a passion for wildlife, birds of prey in particular. I have a great deal of experience with all types of animals in established working environments.
I have grown up around raptors due to my father being a highly recognised and acclaimed performance falconer for the last 35 years. I am now the owner/managing director of my own bird of prey centre 'The Kent Owl Academy' in Maidstone.
I have had other jobs and roles in the past whilst finishing further and higher eduacation. I hold qualifications in Animal management as well as Psychology and Sociology. I have always had an underlying ambition to work with birds and animals within the education sector. I dedicate myself to animals and working with them to both learn and conserve.
I have worked at various zoos/bird of prey centres within the UK, including Africa Alive and The Imperial bird of prey academy in Essex. I held the role of operational manager of the centre and watched it grow significantly since opening. I was striven to bring a dynamic and pro-active approach to the way that Imperial was run and I have witnessed my efforts to be significantly beneficial. Imperial had even recently been ranked the no.1 attraction in the whole of Essex which is an amazing achievement to have left in shadow as I move forward with my own career adventure.
Finalist at the 2017 Kent Women in business awards.
#QueenOf Winner January 2018
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Nigel King- Director
Nigel's passion for birds and British wildlife started at the age of ten and by the age of twelve was the proud owner of his first Sparrowhawk. This was the start of his fascination of birds of prey and over the next 20 years Nigel became an influential and well respected member of the falconry community and well known throughout Britain and Europe primarily due to his knowledge of accipiters. His dedication to falconry has taken him to different countries around the world and he has drawn on the knowledge and experiences of falconers from places such as China, the Americas, South Africa, Turkey, Holland, Germany and France.
From 2004 - 2007 Nigel held the position of Centre Manager at Eagle Heights bird of prey centre in Kent and during the summer of 2009 spent the season based at Africa Alive, Suffolk, with a team of African raptors providing flying demonstrations for the general public. Nigel has also worked for ZSL London Zoo on their Animal Activities Team.
Nigel has featured on programmes with the BBC and Sky one, lectured for schools colleges and universities and provided entertainment for many different events. One of his highlights of his career so far was the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Charity Ball in 2007. Nigel has trained birds to work in the movie industry and specialist photography and has written articles for magazines in the UK and Europe.
Working with African raptors has become Nigel's main focus and over the last few years he has spent a lot of time educating people on the plight of these birds and the dangers that they now face. Having spent time in South Africa at Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre he observed this first-hand.
In 2016, Nigel handed over ownership of his highly successful business: The Imperial Bird of Prey Academy in Essex to his
appentice and long serving volunteer. He is now Director here at the Kent Owl Academy.
Nigel is one of the first names down for demonstration work in the UK and all of Europe.
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