I came to the Zoo with my maternal grandfather as a child. Later, during a 2002 visit, I saw a man talking about the arctic wolves and thought I would really enjoy doing that—so I signed up to be a volunteer. It has given me a mission in life. It is a great way to spend time with people, sharing what I know and watching the animals interact. As a retired person, I am able to fill days with happy memories.
I love Denver Zoo’s Community Days at because we get such a mix of people. The comments and questions I get about the animals that share this planet with us always leave me with a smile on my face. I have also been lucky to enjoy some behind-the-scenes tours at the Zoo—including feeding Dolly and Mimi (Asian elephants), feeding a greater one-horned rhino and seeing Predator Ridge from a keeper’s perspective.