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Tink78
02-25-2006, 03:12 PM
DH got me a 'Be a Zoo Keeper for the day' experience for Xmas and it's on Sat (1 week today). :Pinkbounc
I'm going to Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, and I can't wait.
In the morning I get to work with the smaller animals like Wallabys, Birds, Squirrel Monkeys, Lemurs etc. and then after lunch I will be doing some work with bigger animals (Bears, Tigers, etc.).
Not sure exactly what animals yet, but I will let you all know on Sat night next week.
I adore animals and cannot wait.
I cried my eyes out when I found out what he had got me. :sad:

Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait.

jen_uk
02-25-2006, 03:14 PM
That sounds brilliant! My friends df bought her a meerkat experience at a zoo and she loved it!! :banana:

KayleeUK
02-25-2006, 03:15 PM
How cool is that :teeth:

Can we have a 'trip report' please...........

florida sun
02-25-2006, 03:15 PM
Karen, What a great present, and something you will always remember, have fun :goodvibes

Tink78
02-25-2006, 03:18 PM
How cool is that :teeth:

Can we have a 'trip report' please...........

Of course, and if they let me, I will get some photo's too.

Minniespal
02-25-2006, 03:25 PM
Karen ~ That sounds a fantastic present, well worth waiting from Christmas for.

Hopefully you will be able to take some piccies to share with us :thumbsup2

vicky1bfc
02-25-2006, 03:25 PM
Have a great time Karen.Just make sure you don't end up the lions lunch :teeth:

Cyrano
02-25-2006, 04:16 PM
Sounds like you are looking forward to this :) Hope you have a great day.

mandymouse
02-25-2006, 05:15 PM
Wow, what a wonderful present, I hope you have a fab day, and if you get a chance take some photos for us :)

Ware Bears
02-25-2006, 06:20 PM
That is one brill present. :goodvibes

natalielongstaff
02-26-2006, 02:39 AM
wow :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc what a cool present, please do a trippie it sounds so amazing

wils
02-26-2006, 02:43 AM
What a great idea! Have loads of fun and we look forward to hearing about it

Tink78
03-05-2006, 11:41 AM
Wow - it was fab, fab, fab!!

Got there at about 8:45am, dressed in welly boots, thick socks, tights, jeans, vest top, jumper and fleece (and I had my waterproof coat just in case - but I didn't need it!).

A guy called Chris came over from 'Animal Encounters' and took me back there.

First we went in with the Lemurs, who were gorgeous.
I carried the bucket of food so they were all over me, jumping on my back and trying to get the lid off the bucket!

We fed them, and then cleaned up their poop (yuk!).
It was wonderful to interact with them so much, and I learnt that they love their armpits tickled too - very cute.

Then he showed me round all the other animals (marmosets, turtles, penguins etc.) I got to meet a penguin who had been hand reared so he was really friendly!

Then we went over and fed the parakeets, and I held a python (had it round my neck!!!).

Met some wallabys (they had lots of babies so that was sweet) and met some squirrel monkeys too.

Then I dropped my bl**dy digital camera into a bucket of water so have not only broke it, but also lost all my photos from the morning! Was sooooooo annoyed.

After lunch I met 2 of the elephants which was a wonderful experience.

Then in the afternoon I spent most of the time in a jeep going round seeing all the other animals (monkeys, wolves, bears, lions, tigers, rhino's, giraffes, deer and buffalo).

As I was in the rangers jeep, we got to go off road so where all the customers were just driving through sticking to the road, we got to get up close with the animals.

Helped put the tigers and lions to bed, and then was able to get out the jeep and get right up to the cage.
I felt quite vunerable but it was amazing.

So overall (except for breaking the camera, losing the photo's, losing a glove and falling over!!!) I had a really, really amazing day and I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals, isn't afraid of mucking out poo, and who has always wanted to know what it's like to be a zoo keeper.

If I manage to get the photo's off the memory card thingy, I might be able to post some pix but don't hold your breath.

Funniebunny
03-05-2006, 11:47 AM
It sounds like you had a wonderful experience. :teeth:

mandymouse
03-05-2006, 11:50 AM
Wow Karen !! it sounds like you had a fab day. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your present so much. Sorry to hear about your camera, but I hope you manage to salvage the memory card so that you can remember such a special day :)

vicky1bfc
03-05-2006, 11:57 AM
Sounds like you had an amazing day Karen.

:wizard: that you can get some pictures.

Spook
03-05-2006, 12:32 PM
Fingers crossed you can salvage some pictures. What an amazing day and a wonderful present

Jan

KayleeUK
03-05-2006, 12:57 PM
Sounds brilliant !!

natalielongstaff
03-05-2006, 01:00 PM
thanks for updating us, it sounds fab. shame about your camera :guilty: i hope you can salvage some photos

Minniespal
03-05-2006, 01:18 PM
Sounds fantastic Karen :thumbsup2

florida sun
03-05-2006, 01:23 PM
Sounds as though you had a wonderful day :goodvibes

jjpenguin
03-05-2006, 01:37 PM
What a great day, Lemurs are lovely aren't they!

carolfoy
03-06-2006, 04:19 AM
Thanks for a fab report Karen, sounds like my kind of day out. I do hope you can manage to get some piccies out of it.

Ware Bears
03-06-2006, 07:50 AM
What a great day, apart from the camera part. Hope you can salvage the card.

Tink78
03-06-2006, 08:22 AM
The card is OK! The card is OK!! :thumbsup2

Tried it in the work camera this morning and managed to see all my lovely photo's.

I will save them onto a disc and then I can post some later this week.

Am sooooo happy!!
:cool1:

mandymouse
03-06-2006, 09:15 AM
:thumbsup2 Great news Karen, I look forward to seeing them :)