Day 85

Work started at 7:45, which meant leaving at 6:45. If anything is teaching my how to be a teacher right now, it’s my job. I wake up early. I talk to people. I teach. I hold my tongue when people don’t use their brains. I think it’s great preparation! Nothing too exciting happened at work today. I went to Birds like four times, but I never got pooped on. Plus, I saw the Black Crake chick, which was really exciting. Right now, he looks like a black cotton ball on a couple of sticks. The coloring on his beak and legs haven’t come in yet, so he’s still pretty difficult to find if you aren’t looking for him. I spent a little time at Outpost and Valley with the Gorillas, but there wasn’t anything too exciting going on. It was Spike’s birthday, though! I’m glad I got to see him. He’s such a stud. I always say he looks like he belongs on the cover of a magazine. Anyway, I saw my trainer on the trail as well as one of my favorite coordinators, Dennis. For those of you who know my Grandad, you know how great he is. He pesters and picks on me all the time, but he’s awesome a. Dennis reminds me of Grandad. He picked on me all day yesterday when I was Jean, and pretty much any other day on the trail too. The trail went 101 for a little while before we closed. We ended up opening with 25 minutes to go on the trail. After work, I came home, ate dinner, and talked to mom for about an hour on the phone. Now I’m getting ready to go to bed. I don’t have to be at work until 12:45 tomorrow, so I’m sleeping in! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Tarantulas use the hairs on their body to detect their surroundings, since they have poor eyesight.

xo, B

Day 84

*Short post*

Today I had a late start. Work started at 11, but getting there was a bit of a struggle. Leaving my apartment, I realized I didn’t have my name tag, so I turned around to check back in my room for it. It wasn’t there. I thought I might have left it at Costuming yesterday when I dropped off my laundry. I went by, and they didn’t have it, so I went ahead and ordered a new one just in case. As soon as I got to my car to drive to work, I remembered that I put my name tag in my laundry bag after changing. Regardless, I didn’t have my name tag with me, so I was Jean from Orlando for the day. My coworkers had the most fun making fun of my new name. For the most part, work flew by. I spent time at Viewing, Research, Birds, Outpost, and Valley. I tasked for a little while too. The trail went 101 for about an hour or so. I was in Birds when the trail closed, so I hung out at Safi with one of my coworkers. After work, I got gas and ran by Publix. Now I’m home getting ready for bed. I got my schedule for next week, and I’ll be training on Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia! I’m really excited! We’re getting a new roommate tomorrow, but I won’t get to meet her until I get off work. That’s pretty much all that’s new with me. I have a 12 hour shift tomorrow, so I’m going to sleep. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: The Okapi has scent glands in its hooves!

xo, B

Day 83

Work started at 7:45, so I was up really early today! The day flew by. I tasked for a little while, but I spent most of my day busy at different positions. I went to Entrance, Viewing, Research, Outpost, Suspension Bridge, and Valley. The animals were pretty active, so there was a lot to talk about. The guests at Outpost were very interested with the family group’s behaviors, and I had a really great conversation with two guests at Valley! They were really interested in the social dynamic of the Bachelor group. Other than that, I just had an average day. I got off work at 4:15. I don’t know what I did to deserve a short shift like that, but I’m definitely not complaining! I like getting off work before the sun sets. After work, I went to costuming, and then, went home to eat. I did laundry that I meant to do Thursday, Facetimed mom, and have been watching movies ever since! Tomorrow, work starts at 11, so I’ll have a later start than normal. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Zebras are constantly struggling to have enough water, so by turning off the water when you brush your teeth, you can help conserve water!

xo, B

Day 82

Nothing too exciting happened today. I got up and went into work. I worked all positions except Safi. I was only in Birds once, and there was no poop to be seen! I tasked for a total of about 2 hours, but the time was broken up throughout the day. I got to hang out with the Gorillas for a good while. I even got to see the birthday boys! Cory’s birthday was Monday, and Gus’ birthday was Wednesday! They’re my two favorite Gorillas, because they’re both so goofy! I wish everyone could come watch them! After work, I came home, ate dinner, Facetimed my friend, Rachel, and now I’m getting ready to sleep. I have to be in at work at 7:45 tomorrow, so I’ll be up early. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: There are 3 species of Zebra: Grevy’s, Mountain, and Grant’s. Animal Kingdom houses all 3! The Grevy’s and Grant’s are at the park, and the Mountain Zebras are at Animal Kingdom Lodge!

xo, B

Day 81

Hello, everyone! I had a long and exciting day, so buckle up, because here it is! I arrived at the Magic Kingdom around 11:15. Halston, Michael, and I went to eat lunch at the Crystal Palace, because we all needed one last time to hang out with Halston before she leaves. It’s a buffet style, Character Meet and Greet restaurant. The food was great, but the characters were greater! We met Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore. IMG_3741IMG_3705IMG_3718IMG_3712They were all so silly! After lunch, we decided to walk around the Magic Kingdom. Since I’ve gotten here, I’ve talked about getting an autograph book and getting a signature from each character I meet, but I hadn’t done it yet, so I got a little book with a pen so I can get everyone’s autograph! We made our way around to the back of Cinderella’s Castle where Drizella and Anastasia were hanging out. IMG_3746IMG_3752They were quick to criticize Cinderella for letting mice loose and tearing up my shorts. We ended up watching a very short Festival of Fantasy parade because it started raining, riding Pirates, the Carousel of Progress, and the People Mover. After that, we walked around the park for a little longer and left at around 6. I came back to the apartment and moved my bedroom into another room in our apartment. Now I’m getting ready to go to sleep, because I had a long day today and a long shift tomorrow! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: A group of Naked Mole Rats is called a colony!

xo, B

Day 80

*Short post*

Work started at 8:45 this morning, so no sleeping in for me! Usually by 4, I feel like the day has flown by. Not today. My whole shift dragged on. I spent most of my day with Gorillas, which I was completely fine with! The Gorillas were really active, and the guests wanted to know a lot about them. I spent a little time at Rehab, Research, and Savannah as well. After my last break, I went back to the Valley, and it started to rain. Hard. And guess who didn’t have her rain gear! If you guessed me, you are correct! It was a short rain, but enough to soak through my clothes. It definitely cooled me off though. Now I know not to trust the weather radar, because it’s Florida. I got off work at 7:15 and came home. I ate dinner and am now ready to sleep. Halston, Michael, and I are eating at the Crystal Palace tomorrow and playing a little bit at the Magic Kingdom, so I’m really excited! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Some animals at Animal Kingdom aren’t allowed to breed, because if they were to, they could become an invasive species!

xo, B

Day 79

*Short post*

Work started at 9, so no sleeping in for me! I made it to every position today except Viewing and Research. I was only in Birds once, and didn’t get pooped on! I got to hang out with the Gorillas for a little while. I got to see my sweet, 3-year-old Cory! It started to sprinkle a little, but we never got fully rained on, so no downtime. Today was my friend Halston’s last day. She was my first ever work friend! She’s planning on coming by the trail tomorrow, and we’re going to eat at the Crystal Palace on Thursday, so I’ll get to see her again, but I’m definitely going to miss her! Past that, nothing too exciting happened today. A lot of people wanted to climb the fence at Savannah and whistle at the Meerkats, but that’s pretty normal. After work, I came home and made dinner. It was so nice to eat dinner before 9! I have an early start tomorrow too, so I’m going to sleep! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Grevy’s Zebras are the largest species of Zebra!

xo, B