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Product & Pictorial Work Log
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Thursday, October 23rd
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
On Thursday evening, I printed out my zoo volunteer forms to fill out.
I had put off printing out the forms for a bit to work on my paper and other school work, but it really became clear to me that I needed to start working on my actual project soon. There were some parts of the form I had to discuss with my parents, but most of it I was able to fill out myself.
This is a picture of one of the forms filled out to volunteer. I felt pretty excited to start work on my senior project.
Saturday, March 11th, 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Saturday morning I woke up at 7:00 A.M. to drive two hours to Dahlonega, GA, to volunteer at North Georgia Zoo and Farm. The beginning of the day was spent going over the opening checklist (cleaning up, restocking, getting buckets ready, going over tour numbers, etc.) and handling whatever other tasks required work before opening.
The day started off pretty cold, but it was hardly noticeable since I was pretty preoccupied with some kind of task at all times. I remembered names quickly (something I did not think I could do) and got any tasks done pretty efficiently. There was a little lull in work right before opening, but the 11th ended up being the busiest day out of the two.
Here I am with a baby goat, named Andromeda! My project facilitator, Jessi, is in the background. I was so excited to get to hold one of the babies! They’re absolutely adorable, and so soft.
Saturday, March 11th
10:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Most of the day was spent shadowing tours, working the kiddie farm, and learning how the job goes at the zoo. I met a lot of the animals I had not before and got to see parts of tours/the zoo that normal visitors do not.
The only part I disliked was how quickly the day went by! I was enjoying the work. Shadowing the tours was definitely fun since you get to move around the zoo, but working the kiddie farm was just as nice. The kiddie farm is a part of the petting zoo that people can go inside of to get closer to the animals. It was super cool to interact not only with the animals, but with the visitors as well.
One of the Fennec foxes stands in his enclosure behind me. I was super happy to see them and wish I could have spent a little more time up close with them, because they are extremely cute.
3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
From 3:30 to closing, everyone goes over the closing checklist. That includes cleaning up, washing buckets, closing the register and gift shop, and anything else that needs tending to.
The zoo technically does not close until 5:30, but once it gets late in the day there is really only time in the petting zoo for visitors. That is why we start closing everything up a bit earlier. The register and gift shop stay open the latest out of everything we pack up.
A picture of my project facilitator, Jessi, and I, before we began work on the closing checklist. I was pretty sad that the day was ending, but excited to go back the next day!
Sunday, March 12th
10:00 A.M. – 12: 00 P.M.
I got to work a bit later on the second day, so work on the opening checklist had already been finished. I helped Alex begin prepping diets, and then shadowed a tour with Erin. Afterwards, I had a small 30 minute break because work was slow.
The zoo offers two kinds of tours, and while they are both fun and I love the animals on each, I love shadowing the tours that go across the road to the other side of the zoo. Sammy the camel is over there and it is so fun to see him. It felt weird to have a break because I enjoyed doing the work.
In this picture, you can see Sammy the camel taking food out of my hand. I was so happy to be able to get so close to him! He was extremely cute.
12:00 P.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Erin and I took a short lunch break in the office, but instead of eating, I spent the time reviewing tour information with Erin. After shadowing four tours, two of them being the information I was reviewing, I had memorized most of the animals on the tour and a few facts about each.
I was pretty proud of myself for remembering what I did about the Wildlife tour. I put everything into the work I’ve done and it feels rewarding to know so much about all the animals.
In the cage behind me, you can see a Galago, also known as a bush baby. I felt a little overwhelmed by their cuteness, and they looked so soft!
12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
After reviewing my knowledge on the animals on the Wildlife tour, I spent an hour handling the register and gift shop. I also went around and did a check through the petting zoo to make sure everything was okay.
Managing the gift shop and register is pretty easy work, and so is checking around the petting zoo. You mostly walk around looking for any trash, shed, or loose animals. There was a loose baby goat that I had to return to the enclosure.
In this picture, one of the goats is sniffing me to decide if he wants to chew on my shirt or not. The goats may be very cute, but don’t be fooled – the baby goats are very good escape artists.
1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Work picked up again when Alex asked me to help her out with work on prepping diets. After helping her with that, Erin and I had another tour to run.
Prepping the diets is very cool because it is neat to see what each animal eats. Doing the tours is also fun because you get to see the visitors fascinated by all the animals and their unique facts.
Here I am with one of the baby chickens kept in the food prep room! I was so happy to hold one because they are absolutely adorable.
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
I did the last tour of the day with Erin. We took the group of about 15 across the street to do the tour on the tractor with Jonah.
Doing the tours on the tractor is always fun! It’s like a hayride but you get to hear all about the animals on the way through. And there is a break to get off and feed and pet the camels.
In this picture are some of our visitors on the tour with Sammy! I always feel so happy seeing the visitors in awe with him.
4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
I spent my last hour and a half at work feeding the carnivores with Jessi and Alex. I had helped Alex with the carnivore diet earlier in the day. We also took a little time to see the otters and move the Mule’s* trailer behind the shed.
*note: Mule does not refer to an animal. It’s a vehicle everyone uses to move stuff around the zoo.
It was so awesome to feed the wolves. I got to be much closer to them than most visitors get to be, and it was actually pretty fun to toss chicken to them. We ended up playing a game with Eli called “bobbing for chicken” where we’d toss it in his pool, and he’d fish it out. It was a good way to keep him occupied while we fed the other wolves.
Eli paces his enclosure to check out the visitors. I feel so lucky when I get to be up close with the wolves! They’re so gorgeous, and adorable.
Saturday, April 1st
10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
The first thing I did when I got to the zoo was get my schedule from Allison at the front desk. I had a wildlife tour first thing, so I went ahead and met up Alex to do the tour.
I always love doing the wildlife tour! It has most of the animals the zoo has on it, and I feel proud to know that I can talk at least a little bit about every animal on the tour.
11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
After the wildlife tour, I took a quick break to do a walk through around the petting zoo, and then met up with Alex again to do a camel encounter.
I love the fast-paced work style of the zoo, but I also love the repetitive style of work. I get to move around a lot while still knowing what kind of work to expect. It is very fulfilling work.
A nice view of the zoo’s front is pictured here. This is a part of the petting zoo area, which has a lot of goats. One of the things I really love about the zoo is its location. Being up in north Georgia, it’s very rural and is surrounded by a lot of nature.
1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M
This was the first time I shadowed the reptile encounter, and it went well. The visitors were super interested. The reptile house has many different kinds of snakes, lizards, geckoes, and even spiders!
As much fun as it is in the reptile house, it is very hot in there. It was actually cooler outside than in there, even though the temperature was sunny and in the 80’s. It has to be warm for the reptiles, and it gets stuffy in there. Despite that, it was awesome to get to work with the reptiles!
One of the Bearded Dragons rests comfortably in his enclosure behind me in this picture. It was super fun to work with them, they’re so cute and very interesting.
2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
After the reptile encounter, I shadowed another camel encounter across the zoo.
Riding in the tractor with the visitors and hearing about each animal is always so fun! They have lots of interesting livestock on this tour, including water buffalos, Scottish highlander cows, yaks, and of course the camels!
3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
The last tour of the day that I did was another reptile encounter with Alex.
Getting out each reptile and looking at all the unique ones they have is very fun! Not only are they very interesting (like the legless lizard) but they are cool and cute, too.
4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
After finishing up our last tour, we started closing the zoo with everyone else. We began feeding the animals, but I had to leave before we finished.
I get a little nervous feeding the animals, not because I am afraid of them, but because I am worried I might make a mistake. I would be lying if I did not say I had a few mishaps here and there, but despite that I learned a lot.
Saturday, April 8th
10:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
I arrived at the zoo at 10 A.M. and got my schedule from Allison. For the whole day, I would be doing new work. Parakeet Landing and the kiddie corral were alternated on my schedule. I had done kiddie corral once before, but Parakeet Landing was new to me.
Since I already knew the rules of kiddie corral, it was not too hard to handle. Parakeet Landing had been covered briefly for me before, but I was able to go over it again once before the zoo really opened. Luckily it was simple stuff to learn, and I had read up on budgies before I got in there to work. So, I was most knowledgeable on them, which luckily, are the main attraction at Parakeet Landing!
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
I opened Parakeet Landing up for an hour and let the visitors in to visit with the birds. I also sold a few feed sticks (popsicle sticks covered in millet seed) which allow visitors to hold the birds.
It is so awesome and rewarding to see the visitors fascinated by the birds. It makes me happy when I see them truly enjoying their time at the zoo!
In this picture, a yellow and green parakeet takes interest in my head as a perch. Suprisingly enough, this was not the only time one landed on my head! It happened pretty frequently through out the day, but it never lost its charm.
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
After keeping Parakeet Landing open for an hour, I switched over to the Kiddie Corral. The Kiddie Corral is a part of the zoo where visitors can come inside a pen and pet goats, sheep, alpacas and cows.
I did make a mistake the first time I opened it on the 8th, as much as I hate to admit it. Petting zoo food is not allowed in the Kiddie Corral to keep the animals from getting rowdy, and I accidentally forgot to tell people that. It caused a bit of trouble, I felt very embarrassed.
After welcoming visitors into the Kiddie Corral for an hour as scheduled, I went back to Parakeet Landing and opened it at its designated time.
The more times I did Parakeet Landing throughout the day, the more confident I felt in it. After a couple times, it was very easy to run through, because I knew no matter what the visitors would have a good time! The only issue I had was the lock on the door staying.
One of the budgies (or parakeets) perched on my hand. No matter how many times they landed on me, it never got any less exciting. There is something special about having birds flocking to you.
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
I finished up the time slot for Parakeet Landing, and then moved back to the Kiddie Corral for the next hour.
Even though it was just back and forth repeat work, I enjoyed it very much! Each time I felt like I was better understanding how to handle the task presented for me.
2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
After closing the Kiddie Corral again for the next hour, I moved back to Parakeet Landing to let visitors in to see the birds.
At this point I was very confident in my Parakeet Landing skills. I had been selling at least a couple feed sticks every time, and was able to give the visitors a memorable experience.
Two parakeets (one the spot of yellow above my shoulder, the other visible on the right) rest on my upper arm. It is so sweet when they land on you! It is very entertaining.
After my final Parakeet Landing of the day, I headed over to the Kiddie Corral for my last task of the day. I let visitors come in to spend time with the animals, and made sure everything in the corral was in order.
By the end of the day, despite my mishap with the first opening, I would like to say I mastered Kiddie Corral. I could handle the work smoothly, and none of the animals tried to escape after that.
In this picture, one of the sheep in the Kiddie Corral begins to nibble at my sleeve. I had a lot of fun working with the animals!
Saturday, April 8th
My last hour was spent working on the closing checklist with everyone else. That includes closing the shop and register, checking trash, and anything else that can only be done at the end of the day.
I was sad to see the day end, since I knew I would not get the chance to do this work again until summer break or possibly longer. I am hoping to continue the work soon; it truly is awesome!ity