How long have you worked at the Memphis Zoo?
28 years and volunteered for 2 years. Before being hired
by the city, I worked at the Memphis Animal Shelter for 2 years.
What is your educational background?
High school and some college
What interested you to pursue your current career path?
I had a love of animals, which we all do, so I
volunteered in the bird department and I was hooked.
Briefly describe what your typical day looks like?
Start at hippos and get the pools draining. Set up their
area for the day. I go to the round barn and check on everybody. Feed all,
clean all, do enrichment here and there.
Feed again in the afternoon. Go back to hippos to check
on them and feed them melons. End of day!
What is your favorite Zoo memory?
So many! I think it was when I got to sit with the baby
orangutan. That was very special to me, he was so amazing. It was a
once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just
being here and meeting so many animals along the way from primate to
large and small hoof-stock has always been wonderful. I can't leave out all the
cold blooded creatures. They always make me go wide eyed in amazement. All the
fuzzes I have the pleasure of meeting are super cool and loving animals. The
rats in education are my favorite. I can't
forget my beginnings with all the beautiful birds I have had the pleasure of
just knowing or helped bring into this world. I have a plethora of amazing
memories that I will carry with me always.
What is your favorite animal (and why)?
I really do not have a favorite animal, I love them all.
They're all very special and unique, and I truly enjoy my time with all of