Animal Diaries Archive
Rain, rain, go away!
26 May 2006
Here at Australia Zoo we often hear comments like, “You have the best job in the world!” or something similar. And yes, many of us would agree... however, there is a side to our job that is not very appealing at all.
Wet and rainy weather often tests our commitment to the job, particularly when there are consecutive rainy days that do not leave enough time for work boots to properly dry out. Rain, hail or shine, enclosures need to be cleaned, animals need to be fed and jobs need to be done. Although these jobs are basic, everyday things that we do all year round, they always seem a lot harder when your feet are soggy and wet and your toes are white and wrinkled. Be this as it may, we wouldn’t have it any other way. If you ask any keeper if they would prefer to work in an office, I guarantee you that the majority would say no! Particularly us here in the Native Mammals Department, as most of our animals love the cold, wet weather and tend to get a lot more playful and energetic at this time. So if your next visit to Australia Zoo happens to fall on a rainy day, don’t be put off from coming... you may just see a little extra entertainment from our furry friends (and I’m sure from the keepers as well!)
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