This week, we get to meet Zookeeper Pauline! Aside from coming to us all the way from Australia, she has lots of stories to share about the time she volunteered at a zoo! Be sure to read on to discover more about Zookeeper Pauline, the chimps she worked with and her adventurous spirit!
1. Where are you from?
2. How long have you been playing Zoo World?
I’ve been playing since the end of November ‘09.
3. What’s your favorite part of Zoo World?
My favorite part of Zoo World is the players. I love interacting with them and having fun. I have met so many great people through Zoo World and think the game would not be half as much fun without this interaction.
4. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
For a zoo animal, love tigers — yes and as many of you know: I love my rottie.
5. What’s your favorite animal-related memory? (a trip to a zoo? a favorite pet?)
I have many [favorite memories]. I used to work with Taronga Zoo as a volunteer education officer and have trained and worked beside a therapy dog (yes she was a rottie).
Probably the funniest one was a chimp at Taronga Zoo. As a teenager, he loved to scare the tourists — we had a viewing area in to the chimps enclosure that had 1 inch bullet proof glass so you could get up close to the chimps. Unfortunately, it was at the bottom of an incline, [so] this chimp used to sit at the top of the incline until there were a few tourists watching, then run full ball at the glass launching himself spread eagle as to say, “catch me” to the tourists. Needless to say, the tourists ran for their lives (who said animals do not have a sense of humor?). He finally cracked the glass, so now it is 1.5 inches thick bullet proof glass.
Unfortunately, this story does not have a happy ending: a thoughtless tourist [who had a cold] was eating an apple near the chimps. Instead of placing leftovers in the bin, he threw the core to the chimps and this chimp ate it — chimps are not immune to the cold virus and so this chimp died within a week of eating the apple core.
6. What are you passionate about?
If i could pin that down my family would be happy — I love people and animals and, yes, Zoo World. I am an “all or nothing” person. I do not have a half way point so when I get started on something I go in boots and all, which has lead to some interesting experiences and meeting people many [others] dream of meeting and working with.
7. What’s your favorite quote, movie, and book?
[This isn’t] a quote but, well, I love the thought behind the movie Yes Man: to always accept opportunity that is offered and try it out — to me this has been an interesting experience that has lead to great, good, and, yes, bad and “oh, my did I really do that?” experiences.
8. What makes the world go ’round?.
What makes the world go round to me is my Christian faith. I could not have gotten through some of my experiences without it.
Thank you for sharing with us a piece of your life, Zookeeper Pauline. We love how you bring your positive, “I’ll try anything once,” attitude to Zoo World and share it with all our players. I hope your love of animals and desire to meet and interact with new and interesting people never dies. Zoo World will always be here to grow and provide excitement for you along the way. Keep on accepting all those opportunities and thanks for playing!
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