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 on the Zoo’s website!
From birth, animals need an extensive amount of care. But what happens when a newborn animal is left without its mother or is injured? This is where the keepers working in the Neonatal Assisted Care Unit (NACU) step in. Kim Weibel, Senior NACU keeper, becomes the animal’s acting mother. She feeds the newborn around the clock if necessary, take its temperature, burps the baby, and cleans up after them. It is no surprise that when the animals grow up they often remember their “mothers” from the NACU.
Charlene, Photo Team
Week six, Winter Session 2013