“Accession” is a word the zoological world uses to mean, “adding to.” It’s the term applied to newly acquired individuals to a museum/zoo/aquarium’s collection. We don’t have a large turnover in our collection at the museum. Every year we lose some animals due to old age, health problems, or transfers to other institutions and we gain a couple, but our collection stays at about the same number.
Because we don’t take in new animals very often, I found it interesting to learn that the animal keepers here each have a sort of “buddy animal” that joined the animal department at roughly the same time they did.
Sherry and Ursula (Fall 1991)
Kent (Summer 1996) and 2 American Robins (Winter 1997)
Marilyn and Chummix (Fall 2003)
Katy and Virginia (Spring 2005)
Jill and Scout (Fall 2005)
Me and Robin Owl (Summer 2010)
Kimberly and Ladybelle (Fall 2010)
Aaron and Jaybird (Spring 2011)
Jessi and the baby Pine Snakes (Summer 2012)