Day 141

Hiya, folks! I had an early start this morning. Work started at 9, so I was out of the house by 8. I went to bed pretty early last night to make up for my late night the day before, so I was ready to go this morning. I tasked for most of the day, which to be honest, was pretty irritating. I spent approximately two and a half rotations in actual positions. The rest of the time, I was walking around the trail checking on everyone. I definitely got my steps in, but I had a nice, short, 6 hour shift today, so after work, I ran by Publix. When I got home, I made an actual dinner that baked in the oven. Don’t laugh. It’s the little things that make me feel accomplished. I made a cheese ball and cookies too! Since then, I’ve been on the couch watching Grey’s and chatting with Allie. I’ll be going to sleep sometime soon. I’m off work tomorrow, so I don’t have any responsibilities! Wahoo! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Blackbuck can run about 50 miles per hour!

xo, B

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Day 140

After my post last night, I went out with a few friends! We went line dancing at Cowboys in Downtown Orlando. I didn’t get in until around 2, so I didn’t get very much sleep. Work started at 9, and I was definitely dragging. I couldn’t get out of the Bridge/Overlook loop. I was at Bridge 3 times and Overlook 4 times. It was rough. There was so little animal visibility, so the day went by super slowly. It started sprinkling towards the end of the day, but it never really rained. I picked up a pizza after work, because I didn’t feel like cooking. Allie and I chatted for a little bit, and watched Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Now, I’m going to sleep. I need it! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Komodo Dragons can reach 250 pounds!

xo, B

Day 139

Hey, guys! I had a nice long day at work! I met several people from Tennessee, so that was great! I spent time at every position except greeter, and I never got pooped on at Aviary! It poured on my way out of work, so I was drenched when I got to the car. Hopefully, my shoes will be dry for tomorrow. After work, I ate, showered, and got ready to go out. I’m going out with some friends, so I didn’t want to have to worry about writing when I get home. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Animal Kingsom’s male Lion-Tailed Macaque, Jacuzzi, just had his tail amputated.

xo, B

Day 138

I slept in nice and late this morning! Work didn’t start until 12:45! Late days are great, but not for parking. I was way out in the back of Unicorn today! I spent a little time at Community Hall, Bridge, and Overlook. I even saw a very familiar face! Carrie, one of Beta Omega’s advisors is on vacation with her family, so they stopped by to visit for a minute! It was so nice visiting! I love seeing my Tennessee people! I spend a lot of time in the Aviary today. I never got pooped on, so that was great! The trail went 101 at one point too, so we had a nice little break. After work, Allie and I went to Forever 21 and ate dinner. Now, I’m ready to sleep! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Eld’s Deer are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at sunrise and sunset!

xo, B

Day 137

I had a pretty early start this morning, which was pretty tough after my late night last night. On my way into work, it started pouring, so I started work with soggy shoes. I arrived at MJT around 8:45, and when I went to clock in, it told me to go to Africa. I was in pink and scheduled to work at Gorilla Falls. I was a little stressed, and worried that I may have messed things up, but it ended up being ok. They switched me to MJT, and I worked there for the rest of the day. I ended up at every position once, which was a nice change of pace! It’s a rare day when you get each position. After work, Michael, Emma Louise, and I went to Golden Corral. Now, I’m ready for a nice long sleep. I don’t have to be at work until 12:45, so I get to sleep in! That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Palm Oil plantations are a problem that affect Sumatran Tigers. Most products contain palm oil, which is fine when it’s responsibly resourced, so always be conscious of the products you purchase!

xo, B

Day 136

Work started at 9:45 this morning, so I was up pretty early. The day went by pretty quickly even though I hardly left Canyon 2 and Community Hall. I got to play with the puzzle feeder, though, so that was fun. It rained a little today, but it wasn’t the kind that made everything all muggy. It was pretty cool out for most of the day. I went to the Aviary late in the day, but the birds were pretty well-behaved. After work, Jenna, one of my coworkers, and I met up with some Gorilla Falls folks at Halloween Horror Nights, to walk through some haunted houses. I’m actually still here, but I won’t feel like writing this when I get home, so I’m thinking ahead. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Tigers have nasal turbinates that help regulate their body temperatures.

xo, B

Day 135

I got to sleep in just a little this morning. Work started at 9:45, and I had to run by costuming before my shift. Work went by pretty quickly! The trail wasn’t too busy, and the guests I talked to were really interested in the animals. I met some people from West Tennessee. One of the family’s sons even goes to Union! It was great seeing faces from home. Melosi was surprisingly active, and I got to hang out with the Water Buffalo! After work, I came home and ate dinner. Now I’m ready for bed. Work starts at 9:45 again tomorrow, so I’m going to sleep. That’s all for today! Thanks for reading!

Fact: Enrichment for Lion-Tailed Macaques can include moving food through a puzzle box!

xo, B