|Khera loving on her firehose ball!|
A typical day for an animal caretaker starts with diet preparation for the animals under their watch. At IEAS, this begins for staff and interns at approximately 6 AM. With animals such as the big cats living at the Sanctuary, it is imperative (particularly in the hot summers) that feeding takes place at first light. It is during this initial morning feeding that the animals are visually checked for any physical or health concerns. Most often, this is also the time when the animals' habitats and houses are cleaned, checked, sanitized, and "enriched" with behavioral enrichment of various types. This cleaning is an absolutely essential part of an animal caretaker's day, as it is up to us to ensure the health and safety of each resident. Properly disposing of feces, sanitizing an animal's environment, and preventing any safety hazards can be messy, difficult, and (of course) smelly, but as animal caretakers, we can't be afraid to get dirty!
|Definitely a dirty job! The interns after a day of cementing!|
|Willie have a blast splashing in his pool!|
|A keeper spending time with Nala, a lioness!|