Did you know we have a full time staff of animal caregivers for all the fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates? We met with mammal and bird caregiver Allen, to ask a few questions...
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: Temple University in Philadelphia. My major was Anthropology.
Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: Having the opportunity to both work directly with and educate the public about some of the incredible species that inhabit our planet. Once I start talking about animals, it's hard to get me to stop!
Q: What is the most important part of your job?
A: Aside from making sure our animals get the absolute best care possible, it's important to build a connection between our guests and our wildlife and environment. The whole reason we do what we do is to make sure that the general public is equipped with the skills and knowledge to help out our natural world.
Q: What is your favorite behavior you have trained?
A: Since I'm newer to the Aquarium family, I haven't taught a brand new behavior to any of our animals just yet, however, I do spend my time reinforcing and building up behaviors that our animals already know (and our animals know quite a lot).
Q: If you could tell Facebook one thing, what would it be?
A: Respect ALL species. I know that there a plenty of animals that get bad reputations or might not be considered cute and cuddly. It's important to know the roles an animal plays and to have respect for them even if they may not be one of your favorites. Always try to learn something new about an animal; you never know how your perspective of that animal might change after learning about how amazing they are! You may even end up thinking they are cute or cuddly after all!