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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.

Henry the Great

January 10th, 2013

Henry is our resident Woodchuck in Carolina Wildlife. Below are pictures of him getting some exercise time on the Keeper Hall. Keeper Katy found it a great opportunity to get him on the scale. We weigh our animals on schedules, some may be once a week, some may be once a month. In addition, anytime we have an opportunity to weigh an animal -we take it! Keeping a good record of animal weights is very important and can help decide diet changes or even bring up health concerns. Henry weighs a whooping 5.96 kg that translates to 13.11 lbs.


Keepers Katy, Jill, Kent, and Sarah and Mr. Henry the Woodchuck


Henry on the scale


So cute!


Sherry took advantage of Henry’s good mood and got a scratch in

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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!

Weighing the Gators

September 13th, 2008

The alligators needed to be weighed, and Kent and I attempted a new method—on a hanging scale. We do this every week since having a regular measurement of their weights helps us to determine that they are in good health, but recently they’ve become a bit harder to weigh. They are growing, getting bigger and stronger, and have been much harder to wrangle into the box that sets on the scale, so it was time to try something new.

Here’s Kent after he pulled the gator out of the water.

The gator gets put into a bag:

Time to hang the bag from the scale:

The gator getting released back into the exhibit:

Since our gators are still young, they haven’t lost their yellow stripey patterns yet (as they get older, the bands will widen and blend in). We use their unique markings to tell who is who. Here’s our cheat sheet so we can remember which gator is #3 and so on.

Our new method of weighing was successful! (FYI- Gator #3 weighed 2.854 kilograms– a little over six pounds)

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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.

Young Volunteers Get Hands-On Experience

October 26th, 2007

For some of our young volunteers, working with the Animal Department is a great way to get experience for the future. That’s because some of our kids come to us with great enthusiasm and love for animals and hope to one day be a Veterinarian or maybe even an Animal Keeper like us. One of our volunteers, Sarah (pictured above), enjoys weighing our smaller animals and reptiles to get experience in the field of veterinary care… and we are happy to oblige as she is an outstanding volunteer! In the above picture, she is weighing our Mud Turtle. Allowing our volunteers to do such tasks is a way for us to teach them about proper handling techniques and also gives them the chance to do something different. Sarah had weighed our snakes before, but this was the first time she had ever weighed our turtles. She seemed to really enjoy it!

There are other tasks we give to our young volunteers that allow them to have fun and sometimes get messy. Let’s face it, being an animal keeper is a dirty job, and our volunteers get just as dirty as we do! For instance, making paper mache balloons can be pretty messy, and just the sort of task that we give to our kids so they can have fun with it. We make paper mache balloons to use as enrichment for our animals; once you cut out the balloon, you are left with the perfect toy to put a treat into and watch the animals try and get it out. Our opossums even like to crawl into them and sleep. Below is a picture of four volunteers working together to make the balloons. Looking at all the flour paste on their hands, they were definitely getting into it!

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