Category — Keeper’s Komments
Markee began her career at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden as a seasonal employee during the summer of 2007. In 2012, she became a full-time zookeeper for the Zoo’s Great American Wings of Wonder Bird Show.
Before each bird show, Markee must clean the birds’ cages, prepare food and feed her feathery friends, and go through the proper training and enrichment to prepare the birds for the show. During the show, Markee can be seen handling parrots, hornbills, raptors and penguins.
Markee says that her favorite part about being a zookeeper is, “seeing how intelligent the birds are. They all have different personalities.” She also enjoys educating the public about the various types of birds in the show. One of Markee’s fondest zookeeper memories is of the time she got to let the bald eagle, Sam, fly in Great American Ball Park during the national anthem.
When Markee is not working with the birds, she enjoys playing in coed volleyball and softball leagues and taking care of her two pet cats.
July 19, 2012 No Comments
Zoo Academy graduate Paul Reinhart began his career at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden 30 years ago. At the Zoo, Paul oversees the care of a variety of hoof stock, including three species of rhinos, okapi, zebra, bongo, takin and camel. He also cares for the red pandas and works with cheetahs, tufted deer, and cranes that are housed at the Zoo’s off-site breeding facility. Paul’s typical day includes feeding animals, cleaning exhibits, fixing things, cleaning pools and “doing whatever needs to be done!”
Paul just returned from spending four weeks at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, where he attended the historically-significant birth of a male Sumatran rhino. The event was personally significant for Paul, who was also present at the birth of the calf’s father, Andalas, at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2001. Andalas was the first rhino bred and born in captivity in over a century, and Paul was on his team of caregivers. He, and the rest of the C.R.E.W. team, are beyond thrilled that Andalas is playing such a pivotal role in the survival of his species.
In his free time, Paul enjoys biking and canoeing. One of his favorite activities is cutting grass. Something about turning on his iPod and using a push mower brings joy to this hoof stock zookeeper.
July 18, 2012 2 Comments
Zookeeper Rickey Kinley has always enjoyed being around animals. That passion led him to attend the Zoo Academy, a high school based here at the Zoo, and to accept a position at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden as a seasonal bird zookeeper in 1993. Nineteen years later, he’s still enjoying his work as a bird zookeeper in the Wings of the World exhibit.
For Rickey, no two days are the same. While he follows a basic schedule of preparing food, feeding the birds, cleaning exhibits and caring for the birds, he says that “it is never mundane.” Rickey loves the daily surprises.
Some birds, such as flamingos and cranes, need to exercise daily when they are young to keep their legs from bowing out. Rickey often takes them on walks and runs through the Zoo. The babies follow right behind him as he navigates through the Zoo. You can also find him keeping the king penguins in line when they stray during the penguin parades held here in the winter months.
There are several babies in the bird house right now. Rickey is caring for baby flamingos, baby lorikeets, baby ducks and a baby black footed penguin in addition to the other adult Wings of the World residents!
Rickey has a 17-year-old son named Andre and also helps run a doggy day care and grooming business.
July 17, 2012 1 Comment