How long have you worked
at the Memphis Zoo?
I’ve been here for about
4 ½ years.
What is your educational
I graduated from the
University of Memphis with a BA in Anthropology.
What interested you to
pursue your current career path?
I’ve always loved
animals; learning about them, going to zoos, having pets. I also love being in
the kitchen and creating new recipes, so now I get to do it for animals!
Briefly describe what
your typical day looks like?
It’s pretty much non-stop
the entire day. First, I pull thawed fish for various animal areas to be
delivered that morning. Then I work on what we call “dailies,” the daily diets
for almost every exhibit and their animals. This means hundreds of pounds of
fruits, vegetables, and meat are weighed, bagged, and packaged. Once “dailies”
are completed, I usually work on restocking everything, organizing the cooler
and freezer, bagging up items we use every day, and prepping produce for the
next day. At the end of the day, I’ve usually been on my feet about 7 hours
straight! But I love the fact that there’s always something to do.
What is your favorite Zoo
There are so many, but
I’d say one of my favorites is when I get to toss ice treats to "Dante" and "Timmy," the gibbons in the CHINA exhibit. Whenever I walk up to them they perk up because
they know we have something interesting. They’re such animated animals, and the
otters are always entertaining, trying to steal the treats!
What is your favorite
animal (and why)?
Again, I have a lot!
A couple of my favorites though, are "Kindalin," the wombat and "Peak," one of the Grizzly bear.
I love how relaxed and chill
Kindalin is and I’ve always had a fascination with marsupials. The first time
I got to pet him, I was surprised at how soft his fur was.
Peak is just breath-taking
with his size, but I’ve heard him described as the perfect bear for captivity.
He’s smart and powerful, but also very “lovable."