If you guys weren’t so far from where I live, you’d have to chase me off your property with a broom because I’d have so much fun volunteering and taking on more and more responsibilities as I continued to learn skill and gain experience that you’d never be able to send me home.
ZooCollege.com is a great site! Now I can officially say I’ve earned my first official certificate in zoo science! That PhD is as good as mine! I really enjoyed learning not only about the big cats but also about the foster program until kittens reach two pounds. That gives me an idea for when I have my own practice. (I’m also leaning a bit toward the veterinary side, but even if I do become a vet instead of a zoologist, I know I want to work with exotic animals……..REALLY exotic……however, there are more opportunities for employment if you treat the traditional pets, so why not do both if you can? I know some vets who do, and they have a lovely variety in the patients they work with; really fun.)
I also found the advice really helpful. For example, when it’s feeding time for the lions, don’t look them in the eye, and don’t speak. That’s great to know because when I approach any animal, I tend to speak to it, so it’s good to know in advance “Don’t talk to lions when it’s their meal time.” (Wonder how that worked out at the ancient Roman arena…….sorry, I’m also a historical fiction writer.)
Marquise Phoebe Anta-m-nehk of Muricide PI was a rescue from the animal shelter two years ago this November. I really liked her because she’s a mix of gray tabby and orange tabby, so she had a really unusual coat pattern, and when I picked her up, she cuddled up to me and started purring like a little motor boat. (That’s cheating!) She still likes to purr herself to sleep on my lap.