Zookeeper of the Week 8/9: Zookeeper Rik

This week, we get to meet Zookeeper Rik! Aside being very outdoorsy and active, he has lots of school spirit!  Be sure to read on to discover more about Zookeeper Rik and see which school mascot inspired his answers and why!

Rik did not include a photo, so he remains a man of mystery. Even more reason to read on and learn more about him!

1. Where are you from?
Bellevue, Washington

2. How long have you been playing Zoo World?
Since late 2009.

3. What’s your favorite part of Zoo World?
Organizing my islands. Most of my islands are “themed”, and I enjoy changing them as new animals come along.

4. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A beaver. I went to school at MIT, and my wife went to Oregon State, so the beaver is our totem. We both work pretty hard, but since retirement we have time for less energetic activities as well, such as Zoo World.

5. What’s your favorite animal-related memory? (a trip to a zoo? a favorite pet?)
Just recently we were on the Oregon Coast with friends from Florida. In one day we saw a mother and calf grey whale just off the coast, and then later saw a mother seal nursing its pup in Depoe Bay harbor.

6. What are you passionate about?
I do a lot of outdoor activities, mostly hiking and climbing, but also skiing, and since retirement my “job” is at Safeco Field working outside for the Seattle Mariners.

7. What’s your favorite quote, food, music, movie, and book?
Quote: “Courage and strength are nothing without prudence.”
Food: Indian Curry is our family favorite
Movie: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Book: The Journals of Lewis and Clark

8. What makes the world go ’round?
People caring for other people.


Thank you for sharing with us a piece of your life, Zookeeper Rik! I’m glad that you have the time between all your exciting outdoor activities and job to take a break and enjoy Zoo World with us. We hope you’re relaxing a ton and enjoying your retirement. We would love to see your themed islands one day, so please feel free to come back and share. We agree that caring people help keep our world going and we’re glad you’re caring nature is a part of our world!

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