What a week! Saturday evening kicked off with the Zoo’s Summer Ale Fest, where guests get to come and drink to their hearts’ content while around the amazing animals housed at the Zoo. We interns were there mostly for security purposes, disguised as fun games in strategic locations to make sure nobody tried to climb in with the lions. It was interesting, to say the least, but also very entertaining. A partner and I ran a game called “Who Dung It?” where guests had to match the type of poop to the animal. Take note, the poop is a very realistic rubber material, so even just convincing people to touch it was pretty fun. The whole atmosphere of the night was so different than the usual Zoo climate; there was music, lots of laughter, and some kind of camaraderie that said “Hey, here we are in this place together, so let’s have fun!” It was a nice change of pace from the daytime work flow.
My regular days flew by in a hot and humid blur, but the highlight had to be when we had a massive thunderstorm that trapped myself and two others in the barnyard, where our petting zoo goats and sheep are housed. It was right at the end of the day, and as the rain poured and the thunder boomed around us, it was actually a lot of fun! We didn’t have to worry about guests touching the animals wrong, or going somewhere they weren’t allowed, and we got to pet the goats who were huddled under the barn’s overhang with us. The storm broke through the heat, too, and even though the wind got mud all over my legs and knocked over our umbrella, we made a fun time out of it. It’s really easy to get caught up in the drag of the daily routine, but appreciating the little changes of pace can really make all the difference.