10 Totally Wild Things You Only Understand If You've Worked At A Zoo

10 Totally Wild Things You Only Understand If You've Worked At A Zoo

It's a whole lot more than just hanging out with animals, let me tell ya.

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I, like many others, have an internship this summer. And it's not just any internship - it's a zoo internship. Because of this amazing opportunity I have been blessed with, there are a few things I know to be true that wouldn't apply to me if I hadn't accepted this internship. Only someone who has ever interned at a zoo would understand these things.

1. You've become a pro at waking up at the crack of dawn

I've actually sort of become accustomed to waking up at 5:30 and going to bed around 10. Shout out to the zoo for forcing me to be a morning person.

2. You know all your animals' names

The animals may not know their names, but you sure do, and you make sure all your friends do too.

3. You have a favorite animal

You're probably not supposed to have a favorite, but you definitely do. (I'm looking at you Johari the rhino.)

4. You've definitely gained a lot of muscle over the summer

Why go to the gym when you can just lift hay bales and scoop elephant poop??

5. You've become an expert at convincing yourself it's mud and not poop

It's gotta be mud, it's just gotta be.

6. Water is your best friend

It's hot outside, and water keeps you from dying in the heat, so drink up.

7. Your raking skills are superb

There is a proper way to rake, and if you don't do it right, you WILL hear about it.

8. You know all the zookeeper lingo

You could probably have your own walkie talkie by now, and you would be pretty bomb at it.

9. Your farmer's tan could go head to head with an actual farmer

Those short sleeve shirts and cargo shorts ain't doing you any favors except increasing your paleness to darkness ratio on your arms.

10. You think you definitely have the coolest job ever

You definitely have a cool job, and you consider yourself super lucky.

Working at a zoo has many pros and cons, but ultimately it is a pretty cool job, and despite my occasional complaints, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

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20 Of The Coolest Animal Species In The World

Animals that almost seem imaginary.
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The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon . I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.


2. Okapi

The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.


3. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"

These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.


4. The Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).


5. Fossa

The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.


6. Japanese Spider Crab

As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.


7. Pacu Fish

Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.


8. Slow Loris

The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.


9. Angora Rabbit

These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.


10. Axolotl

The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.


11. Liger

The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.


12. Bearded Vulture

I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.


13. Goblin Shark


This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.


14. Red Panda

This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.


15. Blobfish

This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.


16. Leaf Deer

The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.


17. Tiger

While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.


18. Narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.


19. Cheetah

Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.


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20. Superb Bird of Paradise

This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.

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15 Summer Jobs For The Person That Doesn’t Want To Sit At A Desk Or Work In Fast Food

School is soon coming to a close, and so are our jobs that we work during the school year.

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School is soon coming to a close, and so are our jobs that we work during the school year. If you are like me, then sitting at a desk or being trapped inside for forty hours a week sounds like hell. But do not fret, I have compiled a list of fifteen fun jobs that will keep you active and engaged all summer long…

1. Swim Instructor

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While it might seem like you have to be an insanely talented swimmer to become a swim instructor/lifeguard, it is a lot easier than you think. You just have to complete a few simple tasks that most people that are in good health will be able to carry out easily. For more information on the specific requirements, check out this website: https://americanpool.com/services/pool-management-services/red-cross-lifeguard-training/

2. City Tour Guide

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Are you from a town that fills with tourists during the summer? If so, this may be the perfect job for you! You will be able to walk around and tell people about the town that you grew up in. Easy peasy and great exercise! Plus, you can soak up the sun while getting paid. If you visit Indeed.com there will be tons of resources to find guide jobs.

3. Camp Counselor

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If you love kids, this is the job for you! You will be able to play outside and hang out with kids all day. Many camp counseling jobs also include housing and food, because of this you have the possibility to travel to a new place and be a counselor there.

4. Dog Walker

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Being a dog walker is now easier than ever. With all of the new apps hitting the market, you can be a dog walker in minutes. Apps like Rover and Wag create a platform where you can connect with dogs all over whatever city you are in. You can pick a walking job as easy as you can pick up an Uber, plus you can choose your own hours!

5. Plant Nursery Worker

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If you're like me and absolutely love plants, then this is the place for you. You can be outside, with plants, playing in the dirt. It doesn't get much better than that. Go out and find your local plant nursery. You won't regret spending for summer with the flowers! That's for sure.

6. Farmers Market Worker

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Health food, produce, and pottery! Oh My! Snag a job at your local Farmers Market. Whether that be at manning a booth or managing the event as a whole, your days will be filled with fun and energy all day! Not to mention the discounts that you can get!

7. Amusement Park Worker

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Live your childhood dream and work at an amusement park! If you live in a capital city, odds are that there is an amusement park to work at. Not only do you get to work in a super fun environment, but you can soak up the sun while doing it!

8. Babysitting

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Maybe you don't want to commit a whole summer to camp counseling, but you still love kids. You're in luck! Babysitting is a great option for you. Flexible hours and you can work anywhere. Apps like Busy Bees can even help you find jobs in your area.

9. National Park Worker

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Are you a nature person inside and out? Then being a national park worker is perfect for you. Not only do you get to spend every day in the most beautiful environments, but you also get to have full access to the park on your off days for all of the roaming that your heart desires.

10. Zoo Worker

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Every child's dream is to be able to be at the zoo all the time. Now you can! You can work at your local zoo during the summer. There are tons of jobs that you can do, from a dip and dots cashier to a sea lion feeder. The opportunities are endless!

11.  Hiking Guide

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Get your summer bikini bod while you are at work! For all of you avid hikers, this is right down your ally. You can hike all day AND get paid to do it. Name a more wonderful duo. I'll wait…

12.  Landscaping

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If you have an eye for design and a desire to get a little extra vitamin D, this job will certainly brighten up your summer. Tons of landscaping companies need more hands during the summer demand for landscape. Get in contact with your local companies and see if they have a spot for you!

13.  Freelance Writing

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Advance your career and get paid to work flexible hours? HECK YEAH! Calling all writers. This may be the job for you. Freelance writing is a great option to have complete freedom and also get paid to do what you love while sitting in a bikini by the pool.

14.  Wrangler

Cowboy, horses, dusty Park Butte Trail, Mount Baker Wilderness, Washington, USA.

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Giddy on up and get you a job as a horse wrangler. Many homesteads and ranchers need more wranglers during the summer. Many summer camps even have these jobs available. If you are looking to spend your summer riding off into the sunset, then this is just right for you!

15.  WWOOF

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Last, but certainly not least is WWOOF. WWOOF is an international company that is looking for people who desire to travel but need housing and a job as well. They are a company that will get you a job at a local organic farm and provides you housing for your work. So this summer if you want to travel, but not break the bank, this is a LIFESAVER.

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