Monday, August 1, 2016

Wildlife Adventures: Animal Occupations

Our focus for this week's Wildlife Adventures was animal occupations. On Tuesday, our adventurers learned about what it takes to be a zookeeper, wildlife rehabilitator, and wildlife biologist. We showed the kids what work we have to do in the Bean Museum's live animal room to keep all of our animals happy and healthy. They even got to see Mojo, our bearded dragon, eat some crickets. The rest of the afternoon was spent listening to special guest speakers. Brock McMillan, a BYU professor and wildlife biologist, came and showed the kids what he does with small mammal capture and release. Later, the kids got to meet live birds while Allie Leavitt and Jim Fowers talked about wildlife rehabilitation. Our adventurers got up close and personal to a red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, great horned owl, and Eurasian eagle owl! 

On Thursday we reviewed zookeeping by going to explore the wonders of Hogle Zoo. The kids got to experience how the animals are fed, trained, and cleaned, and see what a day in the life of a zookeeper is like.  We were able to introduce our young adventurers to all sorts of careers this weekend, and are excited to see them reach their goals!

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