Hi! I'm Brittany and I started this blog to share my love of animals and to try and help save them in the wild.
My name is Brittany and I reside in the Houston, Texas area and work as a Development Manager at The Houston Zoo. Formerly, I worked as a zookeeper with dozens of different animal species. I am passionate about animal training for both domestic and exotic animals. I also spend my time writing, hanging out with my wonderful husband and friends and practicing yoga, zumba, water exercise and pilates.
I have struggled a lot with the direction that I want this blog to go in. I have read that you should never write about anthropomorphic stories relating to animals because you will never be taken seriously by the scientific community. I have decided that I don't care about that. My favorite stories about animals are the ones in which you can really see that they have feelings and that they are way more intelligent that most people give them credit for. Through this blog, I hope to relate those kinds of stories so that people can gain appreciation for animals and learn that they deserve our care and respect. When I walk through the Zoo, I often hear guests using wrong information while they are talking about the animals. I hope to take inspiration from these conversations and answer those questions and correct those incorrect statements here. This blog is for everyone who loves animals as well as those wishing to learn more about them. If you have an animal question, please feel free to ask and I will answer it in a future blog post.
My credibility- If I'm going to write about animals and animal training, I figured I should share with you where I am getting my experience from.
First of all I have always had a passion for animals and have soaked up every bit of knowledge about them I could get since I was a young girl.
I attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and graduated with a Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences degree. During my time there I was lucky enough to take lots of interesting classes about animals. A few of these were animal behavior, entomology, ornithology, ichthyology, natural history of the invertebrates, and natural history of the vertebrates. Through these classes I got to meet with many interesting professionals in the animal field.
After graduating, I participated in the Walt Disney college program and moved to Florida for six months. I got to meet many more animal professionals here and had meetings with several of the animal keepers at Animal Kingdom. I also became an aviary volunteer for the Brevard County Zoo while I was there.
Immediately after this, I returned to Texas for an internship with Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. I worked in the Children's Animal Center as an animal caretaker. There was only one other woman who worked with me so I ran the center completely on my own for two days out of every week. The animals I worked with here included goats, parrots, an ocelot, and more (see complete species list). Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is an amazing place. The tables are turned here and the humans are the ones confined in their cars while the animals roam freely over several acres. You get to drive through this huge safari park and have animals poke their heads in your car while you feed them. This was an amazing experience. However, Glen Rose was a little too small of a town for me so next I moved to Houston.
I worked at the Houston Zoo as a zookeeper in the Children's Zoo. This experience allowed me the opportunity to work with dozens of species. I was responsible for the daily care, feeding, diet preparation, enrichment, cleaning and training of animals. I also got to participate in daily outreach stage shows and training demonstrations for the public. In my primary area I was responsible for packing up our animals to go out on educational programs. While at the Houston Zoo, I trained North American Porcupines, a Miniature Zebu Steer and a Nigerian Dwarf Goat. Again, refer to my species list for a full list of all species I have worked with. See my Houston Zookeeper bio here. (Keep in mind it uses my maiden name)
While I loved my zookeeper job at the Zoo, I unfortunately could not stay there forever due to my need to pay off my student loans. My second love, writing and marketing, helped me to find a position with a busy law firm in Houston. I was able to learn marketing and event planning while I wrote about animals and helped to educate others about animals on my blog. After three years at the law firm, I was so blessed to have returned to The Houston Zoo in the Development department. Since returning to the Zoo, I managed their young professional donor club, Flock as well as the Adopt an Animal program. I currently serve as the Development Manager and manage the Ambassadors donor club and a group of Asante Society donors. I absolutely love my job and feel strongly about doing everything that I can to further the conservation message of saving animals in the wild.
Please note that this blog is not associated with the Houston Zoo. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
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