Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and Institute for Conservation Research, learn about their jobs, and then blog about their experience online. Follow their adventures here!
Hello, my name is Denae. I am a high school senior with an “old soul” and a fire for debate. I am a good listener and avid reader. I actively participate in my church and do ministry for younger children. When I’m not at school I take advantage of the great outdoors that surround me. I like to kayak, hike, fish, horseback ride, swim, spend time with my family, and play with my dogs.
This array of activities stem from my love of the outdoors. Even before I could walk, my grandfather would take me out to study all sorts of insects and plants. As I grew older my family allowed me to pursue my interests by giving me space for a garden and letting me have a variety of pets. My favorite animal has always been horses. While I was not allowed to own one of my own, I got involved in 4-H and was able spend time riding and caring for them. This experience deepened my love for all animals and has fueled my passion for becoming a large animal veterinarian. I plan to major in Biology in college.
Although college may take me away, I am lucky to have grown up in San Diego County. Here I have the ocean, mountains, and desert all at my fingertips. I have explored all of these places and love the plants and wildlife. In addition to these fantastic ecosystems, San Diego hosts my favorite attractions: Seaworld, the Birch Aquarium, the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, and of course the world famous San Diego Zoo. Being able to complete this InternQuest at the Zoo is a dream come true. I am excited to learn more about the world around me and also familiarize myself with job opportunities. Having this opportunity is my shot at making a difference. I want to be a voice for the environment and conduct research to improve and conserve it for generations to come.