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Last Day of the Summer

Today was going to be a very hot day. As I headed in the Volunteer Services Office to sign-in I was already sweating. I met with Sue, Pam, & Alex for our brief meeting before we headed over to the Children”s Zoo (CZ).  To get to the CZ yo

u have to pass the Little Penguins. These little guys are also called fairy penguins because of their size, and like other penguins are designed for swimming. Unlike most other penguins, they can stand warmer climates. During the day they forage for fish and at night they gather at the shore to stay away from predators. They nest in burrows, under trees, or in caves and can be found in Australia and New Zealand. Make sure to check out these little guys during your next visit!

 Once we got to the Red Barn we discovered that we did not have many animals to work with, but a Sand Boa was available. It was my first time handling one all summer! The Kenyan Sand Boa is one of the smallest species of boas. They have a wide range in East Africa. If you ask me they look like an oversized worm. The Sand Boa will burrow itself under the sand with only it”s eyes visable and it will wait to attack until prey comes along. I returned him to his bin shortly after I got him out due to the heat.

Next, I got out my favorite animal…Fluffy, the African Pygmy Hedgehog! You might remember her from previous posts. I got some gloves and was ready to go but Fluffy had other ideas today. She was sqirmy and did not want to hold still when people wanted to meet her. Soon her little face Disse deler noen casinoer ut etter registrering, og noen ganger under spesielle kampanjer som de sender ut til aktive kunder. was getting pink and that told us she was just too hot. Pam & I talked it over and decided to out her up for the day.

After that we had a mini meeting with Sue and Alex, and decided to call it a day because of the heat and also because all we had left were turtles! Since it was my last day we headed to UDF for some ice cream all together. That was a good way to end my third summer as a VolunTeen. I plan on applying again next summer and I can”t wait to see everybody!

I went to see my friends Bradley, Allison, & Sam in Lorikeet Landing. It was Allisons first year as a VolunTeen. I asked her what she thought about it and she said “I absolutely loved being a VolunTeen. I was always looking forward to when Tuesday was rolling around. It really helped me make a career decision about if I wanted to work with animals. I met a ton of new people and can”t wait until next summer to see them again.”     

September 8, 2010   No Comments

Guinea Pigs, Snakes, & Hissing Cockroaches?

Okay, today ranged anywhere from Guinea Pigs to Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. People might not call that normal, but as a VolunTeen you could say that”s the usual.

I started out with a big bin of Guinea Pigs for the first part of my shift. Guinea Pigs used to live in the wild in South America and were called “Cavies”. Then they were discovered by Spanish explorers and eventually domesticated. If you visit South America today you will actually find that Guinea Pigs are still raised there strictly for food, but in the US they can be found in local pet stores.

Across from me Sue had out Periwinkle, a Blue-tongued Skink. These skinks are found in Australia and are of course known for their bright blue tongues. Blue-tongued Skinks are actually born live and can live up to 20 years old. If needed the skinks can detach their tails for protection.

Next, I had the Common Boa named Balboa. He just used me as his Generally, cookies provide the ability to enhance the user’s experience and enable advanced web construction-jobs.info functionality. own personal tree to wrap himself around.

After that, Grace & I were taught by Dave how to handle Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. He told us that they feel like a hardwood floor and they do! Grace got a male and I got a female, males are larger and have horns on their heads, the female are smaller and have no horns. When we got them out they did hiss, like a snake, and it was norgesbesteonlinecasinoer.com louder than I had expected. They hiss by exhaling air through breathing holes which is rather unusual in insects. The males will fight for females using their horns and the winner will hiss more than a loser will. They are very important to the environment because they decompose waste and other minerals. In the end even though I wasn”t thrilled about holding a large bug, it was a cool experience.

That was the end of my shift but before I left for the day I made a visit to Giraffe Ridge and made it in time for the feeding! It is awesome when these tall animals use their long blue tongues to take a cracker from your hand. I always like to recommend it to people in the Childrens Zoo!

August 17, 2010   No Comments

July 13- Day 6

It was a rainy and overcast today, so there were not as many visitors as usual.  Sue, Grace, Alex, and I began our shift as usual.  The first hour, I had Star, a ball python, and Grace handled a Sand Boa. Despite the bad weather, we talked to

 over 100 people about our snakes. Next, Grace and I took turns with Fluffy, the African pygmy hedgehog. I showed Grace how to handle Fluffy since it was her first time with her. Fluffy is a favorite with zoo visitors. While we worked with Fluffy, Sue took out Mozart, the African hornbill. Hornbillls are also called “Firebirds” because they will fly into brush fires, making an easy meal of the insects trying to fly away from it. You can tell a female grey hornbill from a male because the female has red on the tips of their beaks–like lipstick! After returning Fluffy, I signed out Pearl an Angolan python. She got her name because of the unique texture of her scales–they feel like Trouve sur le fleuve attrayant Fox, le Grand Victoria possede beaucoup plus de 1100 machines a sous et une gamme de jeux de table dont la jeux la roulette , Blackjack, Three Card Poker, le Caribbean Stud Poker, le Baccarat et le Craps. hundreds of little pearls. She is a beautiful snake and I was eager to show her to people, but the light rain turned into a downpour and we didn”t see too many people to talk to. When it was time to take Pearl back she got special treatment. I carried her while Sue held an umbrella over her!  Pearl was probably the only one of us that didn”t get wet.  Even with the rain, it was another great day working with the animals.


July 21, 2010   Comments Off