Interns’ Final Project

Intern’s Vickie and Rachel finished up their semester with us last week. We will miss them– and all their help. Part of the work of their semester was doing a scientific research project on animal enrichment. They chose to do something for Dusty and Dallas, our Miniature Hereford Cattle. The purpose of their project was to increase locomotion and have the cattle utilize the entire exhibit area by increasing activity levels. The hypothesis was with the introduction of a PVCRead more

Interns’ exhibit project

I’ve been thinking about our spring semester interns and wondering how their summer is going so far at their new placements. Maybe they will read this post and chime in for us all to hear. Part of their schooling requires them to design and build a new exhibit. Here are some photos of the amazing project they put together                 Thanks Carrie, Jana, and Mae for your amazing work and sharing it withRead more

QuickPic: Tossing Out the Trash

On the interns’ last afternoon with Autumn and I, we used the extra sets of hands to do a big Spring cleaning of the bear compound. Jana decided she wanted to recycle some of the old enrichment we were tossing for her own pets. Mae offered to help her…and then hold her still for a photo op!Read more


Poor poor interns, forced to do manual labor. The office floor is probably one of the grossest floors we have in our department. Its not because we don’t clean it, it gets swept and mopped a lot. All of us keepers in one confined space just make for a very dirty floor. I remember when I first started working, the floor was carpeted. It was a grey carpet until I learned by moving a cabinet that a pink hue wasRead more

Intern Update and Goodbye

As the Spring Semester winds down, we say goodbye to Interns Carrie, Jana, and Mae. Since January, they have contributed over 900 hours of work to the Museum as they learned what it was like to be an Animal Keeper at the Museum. They will be missed. We wish them well as they move on to their next internship placements this summer.    Read more