An amazing experience in a place I love.
Pros: we were allowed behind the scenes at all exhibits, for free. being part of the hellbender research and success.
Cons: it was an internship, a lot of fun, but hard to pay bills after awhile.
We would come in and start researching either on the computers or in the field observing Wild Donkey and Zebras. After observations we would input data and then work on other projects that either dealt with research or just maintaining data. I also had the opportunity to work on the Hellbender Ethogram, that had its first success in reproduction this past year. The directors I worked under were brilliant woman, some that have written books on their research. It was always interesting coming to work since you did not know what would happen that day. I made a lot of good friends through this internship, and we had a lot of fun time together going around the zoo and learning about different ecosystems. The hardest part was dealing with the weather, we still went outside when it was freezing or storming, those were some of the more interesting days though. the most enjoyable part about the job was helping to make a difference. We worked with endangered species, and learning how to preserve and produce these amazing animals made everything worth it.