Posts Tagged ‘cleaning’

by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Major clean up

March 5th, 2013

Our floors and walls were scrubbed down yesterday. I really don’t want to show you, or tell you how gross it was. Actually, it really wasn’t that bad, as some keepers who have done this in the past can attest to.  Aaron did the wall scrubbing — music blaring of course!

Floors get flooded when Aaron cleans

 

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  1. It might amuse Aaron to know that, even before reading the text, I glanced at the picture and immediately got ‘Party Rocking’ stuck in my head.

    Posted by Colet
  2. Party Rock Anthem was played! The ultimate floor scrubbing and now wall scrubbing song! Thanks Colet!

    Posted by Aaron

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by , Keeper
I am most famous here in the animal department for "expanding" the barred owl exhibit, clogging the wolf pool, and splitting my pants. My other less notorious work, since 2003, includes keeping, purchasing our animal supplies, coordinating our volunteers, and managing our animal enrichment program.
Find me training the lemurs or in other various animal enclosures Monday through Friday, or at the grocery store on Wednesdays, when I shop for produce!

superclean continued…

February 4th, 2008

Piggybacking on Marilyn’s post...
Here are some more pictures of those perches, baskets, feeders, etc that we have to scrub and switch around during the lemur house superclean.
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For the perches, we use hardwood limbs, pvc pipe, bamboo, trellis pieces, old hose, and thick rope. Laundry baskets, tubs, and closet shelving make good sitting spots and plastic baskets, buckets, plastic milk jugs, frisbees, colanders and the like make great feeders.

You have to have a large supply of bungee cords, zip ties, and carabiner clips to hang everything!

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by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

Lemur exhibit change

February 3rd, 2008

This past week was a hectic one in the animal department. We “super cleaned” the entire lemur house so that we could switch a different species into our inside veiwing area. Super cleaning is basically where everything gets taken out of the exhibit, scrubbed down and put back in as a new set up. For the lemur house, this is quite a task as we have many perches, hanging baskets, and assorted feeders to change out and re-arrange. But now the ring-tailed lemurs are in the exhibit instead of the red ruffeds. Check them out at indoor viewing.

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  1. WOW! Great post – all of the key blog elements – nice picture that people will want to share with friends and “behind the scenes” information that makes people feel more connected to the Museum. Very nice!

    Posted by Jeff Stern
  2. I LOVE that the ring-tails are in the lemur house. While I enjoy visiting the other two species, the ring-tails seem much more active and it is nice to see them up close. Cassandra and I played pat-a-cake against the window one afternoon!

    Posted by ErinH
  3. That’s very cute, Erin. Much like Lightning the Donkey with his fetch ball, Cassandra must have taught herself that game… unless you were holding some raisins!

    Posted by Marilyn

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by , Keeper
I am most famous here in the animal department for "expanding" the barred owl exhibit, clogging the wolf pool, and splitting my pants. My other less notorious work, since 2003, includes keeping, purchasing our animal supplies, coordinating our volunteers, and managing our animal enrichment program.
Find me training the lemurs or in other various animal enclosures Monday through Friday, or at the grocery store on Wednesdays, when I shop for produce!

“Is bleach on sale??”

December 7th, 2007

I’m the keeper whose job it is to buy all of our supplies. One of the great things about that is hearing the comments I get from people around town as I’m buying those supplies. See my previous post about Stocking the Animal Department Kitchen.

We use about 10 -12 gallons of bleach a week cleaning animal cages, exhibits, and pools, and I ususally end up buying large quantities of bleach (100 bottles) at a time to be a little more efficient.

Normally, I’ll call a store ahead of time and pick up cases, but I decided the other day to go out and get a small carload, just to get us through the holidays. Well, when you are pushing a cart full of bleach down the store aisle, you would not believe how many people give you raised eyebrows, passing comments, or just stop you to ask questions.

“Oh my gosh!”

“Are you doing a lot of cleaning?” (Yes!)

“Is bleach on sale or something?” (Yes!)

“Do you work for a laundromat?” ( It feels like it when it’s time to wash all of pig’s blankets!)

The absolute winner, though, was the mom of three kids with a cart of laundry detergent, a mop, diapers, and baby wipes. She said nothing, but her look as she eyed my cart was pure relief — someone else had more cleaning to do than her!

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  1. Funny post, Kristen. The end made me laugh.

    Posted by Marilyn
  2. Laughed out loud K. Great post!

    Posted by Troy Livingston

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