SATOO was founded by Cleveland natives Mike Easter and Tim Connors as the culmination of their lifelong fascination and passion for animals. They opened their pet store in April 2016 motivated by Mike's desire to bring his vast experience back home. He spent 10 years working in South Florida as an animal caretaker, educator, researcher, and TV personality. His career began as a volunteer at Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge, a rescue and preserve for a variety of exotic wildlife, where he gained a great deal of knowledge and experience. He went on to perform educational demonstrations in the Miami area promoting the conservation and appreciation for all reptiles. Mike is also involved in several research projects. His collaborative work is published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Herpetology and Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. Last but not least, was his time on television, which included regular appearances on Animal Planet’s hit TV show, ‘Gator Boys’, as well as a feature role in, ‘Monster Croc Invasion’. Mike is excited about this next venture as SATOO sets out to provide high-quality animals from around the globe, along with everything else they need to thrive!