The Animal Care internship provided practical hands-on experience for my interest in the animal keeping field. As an intern, I worked alongside the keeper staff in several different areas of the zoo learning animal care, exhibit upkeep, diet prep, enrichment, record keeping, behavioral training, public presentations, and assisting with veterinary procedures when possible. Alongside the Animal Care team at the zoo, I worked with a variety of exotic, domestic, and native animal species.
As an intern, I was subjected to both physical and environmental challenges during the ten hour day - working outside in all types of weather, and lifting up to at least fifty pounds. The zoo requires interns that are reliable, trustworthy and able to follow oral and/or written instructions. After this internship, I believe that I strengthen my observation and communication skills, my ability to work alone and in a group, my creativity, and my ability to critically think and problem solve.