I love my job. There are so many things to be grateful for.
- Frogs calling.
The first call is the critically endangered Golden Dart Frog. The second call is a Bumblebee Dart Frog. I have played these calls back to them for fifteen minute stretches three times a day, five days a week for several weeks now. It gets them grooving.
- Ingenuity and success. Bowers made of coconuts cut in half are recommended for breeding Dart Frogs. I only have one, and my Annulated Boa has commandeered it. So I made due with what I had – black snake hide-boxes set atop the lids from Chinese food takeout containers. And you know what? It worked!
- Hoses that don’t kink
- Hoses that aren’t frozen
- Brand-new hoses that save us from filling our rearing reservoir with a bucket in the cold
- Guests that show up on bitter cold days because they love the zoo
- A raise
- Good water pressure
- Disposable food storage containers. Seriously. We use these for everything from storing food to raising dart frog tadpoles. Thank you, Glad and Ziploc! Wanna sponsor a post?
- When the youngsters start to figure out what they’re meant to do
- Surprises. My female Chinese Crocodile Lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) has babies every two years. So we thought. She had eleven babies last year. In December, she surprised me with eleven more. This species is critically endangered due to habitat destruction, fragmented populations (some groups have 10 or fewer adults, which isn’t sustainable), over-collection for the pet trade, and a long gestation period (9-14 months!) which combine to make population recovery difficult
- This guy.
- When my snack drawer is full. Zookeeping is hungry business!
- Hidden opportunities. In 2017, I got to volunteer at the Turtle Survival Center in SC, and I got to go to the Turtle Survival Alliance conference in Charleston. I also had a trip to Amphibian Management School. This year, I’m going to Amphibian Research School, and I have a lead on a trip to California.
- Weird animals
- Guests who ask questions and are genuinely interested in learning more
- The sense of wonder and amazement when guests finally see a well-camouflaged animal on exhibit
- Plants. I just started two small green houses at work with cuttings to make some really interesting additions to exhibits
- My iPod. A lot of what I do is solitary. It takes me 6-8 hours a week to maintain my aquatic exhibit. It’s great to have music to listen to. This year, I may expand to podcasts
- Lowe’s. I love home improvement stores, and it gives me jollies to know where everything is
- Toboggans and gloves. It’s cold out there!
- Possibilities. We’re working on planning our new facility. It is going to be incredible and state-of-the-art. Stay tuned!
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