Before starting an externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, my background was in zookeeping. I didn't know what to expect out of rehabilitation work. As it turns out, zookeeping and rehabbing are more different than I used to think possible. But they're also similar in ways I hadn't even thought to consider.
Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog
I awoke early one morning to a fluttering noise in my bedroom. Groggily, I reached for my glasses and turned on my lamp. I caught a glimpse of something peeking between my blinds. As I took a closer look, I realized it was a bat!
“It’s adorable! Don’t you just wish you could keep it?”
On the first day of my externship, I wrote down a few goals that I wanted to achieve by the end of my time here at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. As I look back upon these intentions, I feel satisfied and accomplished.
You may have heard this fact before; however, those of you who haven’t may be shocked to find out which animal causes the most human deaths in the world. Hint: it’s not a snake or a shark or a mountain lion or an alligator.
The past two summers, I’ve presented a series of snake-themed programs at different libraries in Virginia;
There are three very popular quotes that I love to live by:
I have gained an immense amount of knowledge here in only six short weeks of being an Outreach Extern. While the information about education ambassadors and handling is a large portion of this, I have also learned about the Center’s overall atmosphere …
There is a culture here that is hard to explain but undeniably present. The people are light-hearted, friendly, and passionate about the Center’s mission and the work they do on a daily basis. As part of the outreach team, I am working to translate this aura into words to convey the Center’s passion to the public.