During fourth block 1996, I did an internship at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. I worked from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., 5 days a week – a bit of a change from Cornell! Although the hours seemed long sometimes, I learned a lot about plants and animals and their care, and had a wonderful experience!
My main job was to assist the horticulture crew in the Lied Jungle and the greenhouse. The Lied Jungle is the largest indoor tropical rainforest in America and definitely the biggest (and only) jungle I’ve ever seen! Anyway, we watered plants daily and did quality control, pest control, and basic maintenance work. During my time at the zoo, we received a huge shipment of plants and restocked some of the exhibit islands. This was a great task that gave me a great sense of accomplishment. I was also able to join various animal crews. I worked with the jungle animal, small animal, pachyderm, and ape crews. I spent one day in the aquarium and one day with the veterinarian. I got to witness various procedures performed on an ape, a gaur, and a talapoin monkey.
I was allowed to reside at the student housing on the zoo grounds, free of charge. The apartment was extremely nice and well equipped. It accommodated eight people, but no more than three of us were there at any one time. The other students were foreign, which provided a great cultural experience as well.
Bernie Bailey, ’98
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