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by , Keeper
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.

Farewell

September 30th, 2013

After 3 years of fun here I’m happy, sad, nervous, anxious, and excited to say farewell to the Animal Department.

I’m going from this–

Lemur Physicals 2013

 

To This-

My nephew Kellan

 

Okay,  I’m not watching the cutie above but I will be watching two little girls in Chapel Hill. We will be frequent visitors here at the Museum, which means I don’t have to say goodbye to anyone.

 

And I’ll still be training but instead of this-

Lemur Training

 

I’ll be training this-

Savanna

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  1. Best of Luck Kimberly! Be sure to come and visit us.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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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.

Farewell Mikey

April 13th, 2012

Blog readers all over the world are in mourning because Mikey will be leaving the Museum. Maybe with enough comments we can convince him to stay on board as a guest blogger. :)

Mikey is heading to Greensboro to more intensely pursue his Master’s degree. He’s been taking one class each semester, which would put him on track for completion somewhere around 2020- a bit longer than desired.  We’ll miss his sense of humor, his big smile, his passion for reptiles, and his BLOG POSTS more than anything else. Below are some of my favorite posts he’s written.

Please wish him well in his future endeavors!

 

http://blogs.lifeandscience.org/keepers/2011/05/29/every-day-is-a-walk-in-the-park/.  (THIS ONE IS MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE)

 

http://blogs.lifeandscience.org/keepers/2011/02/13/no-such-thing-as-a-poisonous-snake-part-2/

 

http://blogs.lifeandscience.org/keepers/2011/03/15/so-you-like-the-lemurs/

 

http://blogs.lifeandscience.org/keepers/2011/08/19/come-to-the-dark-side-we-have-cookies/

 

http://blogs.lifeandscience.org/keepers/2011/10/05/dont-let-them-go-part-3/

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  1. Bye, Mikey! Keep in touch!

    Posted by Wendy
  2. Noooo! So sad! But best wishes!

    Posted by Libby
  3. Good luck Mikey! I’ll miss you!

    Posted by Natalie
  4. It is indeed a sad day, Mikey’s last day here at the Museum.
    We will miss you, but I get the feeling that we’ll be hearing from you again.
    Good luck!!

    Posted by Ranger Greg
  5. Thanks for the tour you gave us (ScienceOnline) back in January – it was a great tour! I’m sad I won’t get to see you ’round the Museum (and the bears!!). Good luck!

    Posted by Stephanie Brown
  6. Thanks for all the well wishes everyone! Sorry for the delayed reply- moving is always stinky, but I finally got my internet hooked up again! :)

    I’ll definitely miss all the fun I had everyday, playing with the animals and other staff. And I’ll REALLY miss writing on the blog- I enjoyed thinking up fun topics and always reading your great comments!

    Thank you everyone who made my time at the museum such a worthwhile and memorable event, I’ll miss it and you guys tons. But have no fear, I’ll be around – us Superheros are good like that! :)

    See you soon!

    Posted by Mikey

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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!

See you on the other side of the fence!

February 28th, 2011

So if you’ve seen me around Museum grounds lately, you’ll notice my profile is looking a little different these days!

stretching out my uniform!

Yep, in April, I will become  a very different kind of “animal keeper”!!

Our female wolf was just in heat, and since red wolves have a 63 day gestation period, I keep thinking how cool it would be if she got pregnant and we gave birth on the same day!  Seems unlikely though, since in all of our observations, the male hasn’t seemed very interested in her.  Anyway…

So  I’m obviously very excited, but I’m a just a little sad too, because I’ve decided to stop working, and I am really going to miss the Museum:  the animals, the people, and the work!

This will be my last blog post, but I’m sure I will see all of you around, as I join the ranks of stroller moms and dads who populate the Museum.  It’ll actually be nice to spend some time in different areas. Even though I work here,  I rarely get to watch the leaf cutter ants for more than 20 seconds or visit the Butterfly House, or build my own Contraption. And who knows,  I may even do some volunteering in the future!

I figure I have a couple of advantages going into things, thanks to my life as a keeper, over other first time moms:

ONE:  I will have no issues with diaper changing– really, what could smell worse than possum poo smeared all over an exhibit or make you gag more than sorting through the delivery of thawing dead feeder mice in 90 degree heat?

TWO:  I’ve  bottle fed a squirmy, bitey (yet very cute)  baby Virginia bear cub, and have ended up covered in Esbilac and baby cereal, so I’m up to taking on feeding challenges!

THREE:  If you’ve ever heard the red ruffed lemurs sound their alarm call, you know how loud and distressing it is. I’ve endured it for half an hour straight while enclosed with them in a cinder block building, so at least I’ve had a taste of possible all night crying sessions!

All you parents reading this are probably laughing at my naivety by now, and I realize I  can’t really know the challenges and joys of a baby until she actually gets here. What I do know, is that I have nine years worth of great stories to tell my baby about working at this wonderful place.  And that as she grows, she’ll get to meet my other family: the keepers, the volunteers, the animals, and the other Museum staff who have made my time here so great.

Thanks to all of you for reading my posts, and lastly…  my husband and I haven’t picked a name yet! If you have a good suggestion, put it in the comments section.   Here’s the hilarious list that keepers actually started years ago, and have worked on extra diligently since I told them the good news!

the list-- started years ago

more recent additions

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  1. Kristen, You will be missed but we look forward to seeing you around! Best of luck!

    Posted by Shawntel
  2. How about Walter Melon?

    Posted by Wendy
  3. That entry is actually a tribute to a former post, not a reference to your profile…

    Posted by Wendy
  4. Congratulations! I think babies are just as entertaining as animals, and I hope you find that, too. I don’t have any name suggestions, but your colleagues seem to have a lot of “juniors” in the running. :-)

    Posted by Libby

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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.

Biggest Bummer for Bloggies

June 23rd, 2010

I have very sad news for our faithful readers. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Larry and Erin will be leaving their jobs at the Museum. They are heading off for wonderful new adventures, which is great for them, but will leave a big void in our animal keeping and blogging world.

I am sure each of them will write farewell posts, I hope each of them will occasionally write a guest post, and  I know each of them will continue to check in and comment on our Blog.

Please share stories or warm wishes in the comment section. We’ll all miss both of them tremendously.

Do you want to know what Erin is about to do?

Larry, with volunteer Annie and Little, our chicken.

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  1. Keeper Comment :

    Hint: You do not want to know what I’m about to do. If more than 5 non-animal department people ask, then I WILL tell you and there WILL be pictures and you do NOT want pictures.

    Posted by Erin Brown
  2. Oh the PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW!

    Posted by jebrown
  3. I REALLY WANT TO KNOW NOW! now now now!!

    Posted by Stacey
  4. Keeper Comment :

    Hint: I’m unwrapping a needle, and it’s not for something animal related. And I’m wearing gloves. Enter at your own risk.

    Posted by Erin Brown
  5. Awe, that is a bummer. Best if luck, Larry and Erin, on your future adventures!

    Posted by Kristen
  6. Erin and Larry, I hope your new adventures are great and wonderful. I enjoyed working with both of you and will miss you on my visits.

    Mike

    Posted by Mike Fink

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