Where did you go to college?
I went to the University of Delaware.
How long have you worked at
Do you plan to stay at the
zoo for the rest of your life?
Yes, because I like my job.
Do the same people take care
of the same animals every day?
No. We have a schedule so the animal keepers don't have the same animal every day.
Who decides the animals' diet?
A zoo nutritionist from the Philadelphia Zoo helps us develop the diets for the animals.
How much do the animals eat?
It depends on what kind of animal it is. The animal keepers weigh out the animals' food, depending what the nutritionist recommends. The tiger eats 13-15 pounds of beef a day. It eats a lot because it is a 400 pound animal.
How many meals do the animals get?
Each animal gets two meals a day. The monkeys get one big meal in the morning. Then they get a small meal in the afternoon. The other animals get a small meal in the morning and a bigger meal in the afternoon.
When an animal gets sick who
takes care of them?
We have a verterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania on call if they get sick. The verterinarian's name is Lin Klein. She also does routine physicals on the animals.
How can you tell if the animal
If the animal does not eat, that is one way we can tell. Another way is if they act strangely.
Which animals have to come inside during the winter?
Most of our birds, except for the macaws and the black-headed caiques, stay outside. The monkeys and the reptiles stay inside. Some of the animals need heat lights when it starts to get cool in the fall until they are brought inside for the winter. But animals like the tigers don't need heat lights because of their thick fur. Many of our animals need more food for the cold months.
What is your favorite animal?
My favorite animal is the cougar.
interviewed by Anthony
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