Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Zoo - Day 1...
The 'vollie' uniform... official hat with sporty shirt.
I'm no "Croc Hunter,"... but I do get to wear this official volunteer shirt and hat while I'm picking up poo!
After our 8:30 am orientation, the new volunteers where taken on a brief tour of the zoo, afterwhich, we received our department assignments for the day. There were four new 'vollies' reporting in today, (Mark, Ami, Sophie and me.) Mark and I were assigned to the 'natives' team - kangaroos (grey and red), wallabies and echidnas.
The morning was spent raking the enclosures, picking up roo poo, and perparing small paperbags of Roo food... (native grass pellets similar in appearance to rabbit food, and cracked corn) for zoo guests to purchase to feed the kangaroos.
The afternoon included working at the Crocoseum during the Croc and Exotic Bird shows and walking the wombats; (which bare a strong resemblence to giant guinea pigs; and, yes, walking them means walking them on a leash around the park grounds!)
Before leaving for the day, we put out more food and water for the animals and do a perimeter check of the enclosures to make sure everything's OK for the evening.
Nobody said it was glamorous work... but I enjoyed the day tremendously!
What I learned today:
The photo below (which I took near the beach in Noosa,) is of a common Australia spyder called a Golden Orb Spider. It was quite large, the size of my hand!
Posted by Jeff at 5:54 AM