I know, I know – I’m not a rockstar like an actual zookeeper is…
But personally, I think I have the best job in the zoo. I know what zookeepers know, and do much of what they do… but no exhibit cleaning! Keepers have told me that sometimes they feel like glorified janitors.
So I’m a full-time teacher at a small AZA-accredited zoo. I work with both kids AND animals: I take our program animals to schools and the like for outreach programs, and write and teach camps and classes onsite at the zoo.
Our program animals aren’t on display in exhibits, we keep them separate for a couple of reasons (handleability, quarantine, ease of care/transport) and include some pretty awesome critters; among others, we have a Flemish giant rabbit, a peregrine falcon, an eclectus parrot, a bunch of hedgehogs and ferrets, a great horned owl, many snakes and lizards, and a pair of prehensile-tailed porcupines. These are the animals I know most about, as I spend most of my days talking about them, watching them, training them, etc.
Any questions for me?