How long have you worked at the Memphis Zoo?
What is your educational background?
I attended Southern Illinois University- Carbondale and
received a Bachelors of Art in Zoology with a minor in Psychology.
What interested you to pursue your current career path?
I have a passion for the natural world. I have been
concerned with the decline of wild populations from a young age. A career as a
zookeeper offers a unique opportunity in maintaining animals for conservation
and research. Plus, I love sharing my enthusiasm for animals with public
Briefly describe what your typical day looks like?
The word typical with regards to working at a zoo can be
difficult to describe. Not everyday is the same. Most days begin with diet preparation,
exhibit cleaning and morning feedings, followed by enrichment, training and
afternoon feedings. All of our animal's diets are unique and can take sometime
to plan. Cleaning exhibits can include hosing, scrubbing, sweepings and
disinfecting. Enrichment and training requires planning and is variable from
day to day and species to species.
What is your favorite Zoo memory?
There are so many memories already with it being early on
in my zoo career and I have many memories to still make. The one that sticks
out to me the most is the excitement that I still get from the animals doing
simply things such as enjoying enrichment, sleeping and eating. My coworkers
will agree that I still enjoy when our sloths poop (only about once a week!)
What is your favorite animal (and why)?
My favorite animal is the two-toed sloth. I find them
unique, bizarre, and adorable.