The Farmyard is Closed…

June 23, 2011 | Kimberly Lawson

Members of the museum are rewarded with several perks- one of them is being able to visit the museum at 9am- an hour before it opens to the general public. However, some of our animal exhibits aren’t quite open that early. Carolina Wildlife and the Farm Yard both open at 10am. The reason these exhibits aren’t open at 9 is simple really- we have to clean. Most of us Keepers arrive at 8am, we gather our food, enrichment, and volunteers and head out to our assigned areas for the day. Keeping the Farmyard closed until 10am enables us to do many things- some Keepers can train their animals, the pigs, duck, or goats can roam free, Lightning gets his hooves picked and a little walk each morning, vet procedures can be completed- like weighing, coping, and hoof trimming, both the exhibit and facility departments can work on projects and on thursday’s we can super clean! We really appreciate our members understanding the need to stay closed an extra hour. Here are a bunch of pictures from last Thurs to show you all we try to cram into that hour. 

Keeper Jill training Piggy

Rocky and Patches roaming the farmyard and enjoying the browse

Lightning enjoying hay after his morning hoof picking

The goats want to know what Keeper Katy is doing

Keeper Mikey trimming Chummix hooves

Keeper Katy using a drimmel to cope Misha's beak

Kevin from Exhibits installing umbrellas for the animals and guests

Volunteer Dan trying to remember which stalls all these bowls belong

Back to your pen Piggy so we can open the farmyard to visitors

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