Hip-checked by a llama! Hit on by a lemur! Zookeeper Christie Yurkovic has some tales to tell about mingling with animals.
Hip-checked by a llama! Hit on by a lemur! Zookeeper Christie Yurkovic has some tales to tell about mingling with animals. Now that she's talked with Don and John, she has new tales to tell about mingling with animals....
Check out these websites:
Association of Zoos and Aquariums - https://www.aza.org/
American Association of Zookeepers - https://aazk.org/
Christie Yurkovic was the kind of kid who brought animals into the house after finding them in the wild. She worked as an assistant at a veterinary hospital in high school, and continued to work as a vet assistant while getting a degree in biology from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. She interned at the Philadelphia Zoo, worked part-time for Zoo America in Hershey, PA, and finally landed a full-time position as a zookeeper at Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
But zookeeper jobs are few and far-between, and Christie now works as a marketing manager for Troegs Brewery in Hershey, PA.
One of her duties as a zookeeper was to help educate zoo visitors about the animals, and she shows that knowledge and love for animals in her talk with Don and John.