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I'm extremely excited to be working at the Museum since October 2010. My favorite part of this job- besides working with the animals- is listening to all of the Keeper stories, I hear a new one each day. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, belly dancing, and vegan cooking.
I work Sunday through Thursday. I can be found mostly behind the scenes or training the Ring Tail Lemurs.

If you could be any animal- which would you be?

May 4th, 2011

I asked my fellow animal keepers this question awhile ago, thinking I’d come up with a funny blog to post.

I got a bunch of answers:

Kent -  Mottled Rock Snake

Sherry-  Eagle

Katy-  Elephant

Jill-  vegetarian Polar Bear

Kristen-  Giraffe

Aaron-  Killer Whale

Sarah-  Atlantic Puffin

Marilyn-  Spectacled Bear

Mikey-  Stegosaurus

Me-  Clark’s Grebe

While all of these are great answers, it wasn’t really as funny as I’d hope it would have been.

Insert Interns—

Casey with Salt the Chinchilla

Jessica with Scout the duck


As you may have read recently we had two wonderful interns for the last four months.  As their parting gift to us keepers, they came up with a list of their own.

If the keepers were animals at the Museum of Life and Science who would they be and why?

  • Sherry – Cassandra (ring-tailed lemur)

Cassandra is the head honcho of the ring tails. She takes care of her troop, looks out for them, and grooms them. There is no question of her authority and the group functions well this way. Sherry is the curator of the animal department. Her knowledge, leadership abilities and experience mirrors Cassandra.

Here's Cassandra during a training session

  • Kent – Gus (black bear)

Gus is a big bear. Up close he can be intimidating with his big canines and huge paws. But one look at him playing with the other bears, it’s clear that Gus is a big baby. Kent, likewise, is intimidating at first. Once you get to know him, he’s a big ole teddy bear!

Gus enjoying his lounge time

  • Mikey – Auggie (pot bellied pig)

Auggie  is very vocal when surrounded by a crowd. He is very smart. Because he is so charismatic it’s ok that he talks so much. Auggie gets pushed around by Miss Piggy all the time. If Auggie could speak, he would say, “Yes dear.” Everyone likes Auggie!

a young Auggie

Who doesn’t love Yona the youngest of the five black bears? She is so free-spirited and always happy. A day of an unhappy Yona is like a day without Kimberly smiling – it just doesn’t happen!

Yona jumping from stump to stump

  • Jill – Henry (wood chuck)

Henry is a tough nut to crack. Is he happy to see you or not? Hard to tell, he seems stoic. But that chatter is just so cute! You just have to take time to get to know Henry and then, even if he does bite you, you still like him. Just re-read this and insert Jill’s name.

Henry being a rug

Rocky is underappreciated. Don’t assume anything by meeting him just once. He is confident and secure. He knows more than you think. He doesn’t always come up to the fence to greet you but be assured that when he does he is the sweetest goat ever! Get her on a topic she likes and Sarah is a talker!

Rocky using his brush enrichment

He doesn’t show it right away but there’s a lot of processing going on in that brain. Ever patient and the symbol of wisdom, Christopher sits back and takes it all in. You wouldn’t know he was there if you weren’t looking for him. Marilyn has a plethora of knowledge that she is happy to share if you can catch a rare glimpse of her during the day.

Dr. English and Christopher

  • Katy – Ursula (black bear)

You won’t see her much but we are always glad when we do. It just wouldn’t be the same if she wasn’t a part of the group. She likes to keep to herself. They say she is cranky but we have never seen that side of her. They say the same things about Ursula too…

Urs bear

  • Aaron – Lighting (donkey)

Lighting appears to be just a sweet little, humble donkey. And then when you least expect it he bites you! But, for some reason, you like him anyways. He is always redeeming himself somehow. Kind of similar to how Aaron likes to scare certain interns when they are de-legging crickets or have just seen a really scary movie. The interns still like him.

Lightning helping out in the farmyard

Well the most obvious reason is that both of these ladies can gracefully climb up the hill in the wolf enclosure while being very pregnant. Both are moving or have been moved due to babies. That is where the similarities end as Kristen is not shy and did a very good job of adding to intern training.

The female wolf howling

Join the conversation:

  1. Volunteer Comment :

    This is an awesome post, Kimberly!! I love how the interns really nailed everyone’s personalities. So, I guess everyone now knows that the keepers are all a bunch of Wild Animals!!!

    Posted by Karyn Traphagen
  2. Good job guys!

    Posted by Jill
  3. Keeper Comment :

    Thanks Karyn. Casey and Jessica did a really great job picking the perfect animals to describe us! All I can say is WOW!

    Posted by Kimberly Lawson
  4. Yes, Casey and Jessica, great job in assigning animal characteristics to the keepers!
    But Kimberly, Clark’s Grebe? It’s that little happy-dance they do on the water, isn’t it??!!

    Posted by Ranger Greg
  5. Keeper Comment :

    It is the happy dance!! Also the swimming and flying because what could be better?!?!

    Posted by Kimberly Lawson
  6. Director Comment :

    Greg/Kimberly- got any photos or posts about a Clark’s Grebes? I think we’d all like to see that happy dance.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  7. Keeper Comment :

    I can definately work on that one.

    Posted by Kimberly Lawson

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