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Internship Maymont

  1. 1. Zoology at Maymont
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Background on Maymont Park </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife department </li></ul><ul><li>Role of zoologists </li></ul><ul><li>My internship duties </li></ul><ul><li>Park management issues </li></ul><ul><li>Ties to environmental studies </li></ul>
  3. 3. History of Maymont <ul><li>Estate built by James and Sallie Dooley in 1893. </li></ul><ul><li>When they died, it was left to the people of Richmond, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>architectural complex </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100-acre landscape </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>collection of furnishings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Their wishes were set in the will </li></ul>
  4. 4. Current Attractions <ul><li>Maymont House </li></ul><ul><li>Nature and Visitor Center </li></ul><ul><li>Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Carriage Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife Exhibits </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Farm </li></ul><ul><li>Arboretum and 100 Acre Park </li></ul>
  5. 5. Map
  6. 6. Wildlife Department <ul><li>Over 700 animals </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 150 species </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly fish </li></ul><ul><li>5 full time zoologists </li></ul><ul><li>Also aquarists and environmental educators on staff </li></ul>
  7. 7. Maymont’s Wildlife <ul><li>Farm animals: goats,sheep, rabbits, pigs, chickens, ducks, donkey. </li></ul><ul><li>Zoo animals: bears, bobcats, raptors, red foxes, deer, bison, cows, horses, aviary birds. </li></ul><ul><li>Nature center: otters, turtles, snakes, fish. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Zoologist Description <ul><li>Each worked full time keeping wildlife department running </li></ul><ul><li>All held BA or BS in wildlife or environmental field </li></ul><ul><li>Salary of approximately $20,000/year ($11 per hour) </li></ul><ul><li>Regular duties: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cleaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>feeding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some visitor interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted regularly by volunteers, part time staff, and/or community service participants </li></ul>
  9. 9. Intern Morning Duties <ul><li>Clean barn </li></ul><ul><li>Examine bear habitat </li></ul><ul><li>Clean bear and otter habitats </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare meat </li></ul><ul><li>Clean nature center animal areas </li></ul>
  10. 10. Intern Afternoon Duties <ul><li>Count deer and bison </li></ul><ul><li>Feed animals around park </li></ul><ul><li>Put animals back into inside enclosures for the night </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul>
  11. 11. Animal Care <ul><li>All the animals have unique needs, zoologists work to find the best ways to meet these. </li></ul><ul><li>Most care (such as cleaning and feeding practices) are uniform for each species, and developed from current knowledge and experimentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Always working to maintain park and expand, through enrichment and research. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Spotlight: Pigs <ul><li>Donation </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Training Process </li></ul><ul><li>Study </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul>
  13. 13. Environmental and Community Contributions <ul><li>Public access to nature. </li></ul><ul><li>Cares for orphaned and injured animals. </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental education. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>current issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>animals </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Park Management Issues <ul><li>Fundraising limitations: </li></ul><ul><li>City of Richmond and Maymont Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Budgeting difficult when dependent on donations </li></ul><ul><li>Conflicting interests between departments: Maymont unity </li></ul>
  15. 15. Adopt a Living Thing <ul><li>Fundraising program </li></ul><ul><li>Directly to animal care </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages community involvement </li></ul>
  16. 16. Environmental Studies
  17. 17. Interesting Facts <ul><li>Otters more dangerous than bears </li></ul><ul><li>Animals bond with people </li></ul><ul><li>Not allowed to give names </li></ul><ul><li>There is such a thing as a stupid question </li></ul>

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