G’DAY once again from Australia. As my time here at the Melbourne Zoo is coming to a close, I would like to reflect back on the highlights of my keeper exchange journey (see previous post, G’Day from Australia). One of my main highlights was working with the primates as opposed to the kudu, zebra, and other hoofed stock that I look after in the States. Now, I know that ungulates are intelligent in their own way, but after watching gorillas taking arm injections without fuss is mind-blowing! I will also miss getting enthusiastically greeted by lemurs every morning.
The other highlight of my journey would have to be the people that I met. Sure, these people might use different expressions (or words that might not even exist!), but Australians have to be the friendliest group of people I have ever met.
And finally, I would like to thank upper management from both zoos for making this happen. This exchange has been a great experience for me and hopefully for the Melbourne Zoo, and I hope that both institutions will keep it working for a long time.
Steve Wieczorek is a keeper for the San Diego Zoo.