Spotlight: Volunteer Annie

March 25, 2008 | Sherry Samuels

Annie has been an outstanding volunteer for many years now, about 8 years! 2-3 days each week she comes and passionately takes care of our education animals. She has incredible observation skills noticing the slightest of changes in behaviors which is critical in preventative health care for our animals: her ability to spot small changes in behavior as she works with the animals has helped us to provide excellent medical care.

Even when Annie is not here, she’s working for us. She spends her nights awake thinking of new toys or cage designs, or worrying about an animal who was acting unusual that day. You won’t find a more committed and dependable volunteer than Annie. She also helps to train other new volunteers. Since she is so detail oriented, and has her own funny language she uses with the animals, you can always tell a volunteer who was “Annie trained” by the words they say and how completely they know the job!

Annie helps with a lot of special projects too. Below, you can see her (with Joe) helping with our bear tree trimming project. She is also incredibly caring about the Keepers, bringing in snacks and chocolate, and remembering everyone’s birthday.
As with all the others who make up our team, Annie plays a vital role, and we are very fortunate to have her!

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