I just looked at Santa Fe's animals and I only saw two carnivorous mammals: the ocelot and caracal. That's a shame. : / How come you didn't just go to Moorpark in the first place?
Yeah. I know because we're just beginners, they don't even give us a chance to look after so-called "dangerous" animals. Well, in the California program, people are all beginners too and they get to look after and even interact directly with some really dangerous animals.
Well, I really wanted go to Moore Park,but there are several reasons that stopped me:
1.Distance from Family. It was my first time I had ever been far from home when I went to Florida. My family all live in either Louisiana or Texas and even from Florida, it took them 10 to 12 hours to drive in and visit me so they weren't able to come in that often. If I lived in California, it's so far away,much longer than 12 hours and I'd never or rarely see my family since the drive would be extremely long and plane fair is so expensive that my family can't really afford it that often.
2. You need a car for the program according to the website. I have no car and I don't know how to drive. I never even thought about or wanted to drive before since I've been terrified of it and how dangerous it is especially since I have a phobia of anything to do with cars. I literally used to freeze up when I had to cross the streets. I'm getting better at getting over my fears of it though and can now cross instead of freezing up but my heart still races really fast like I'm having a panic attack when I'm in the presence of moving cars whether it's having to cross a street or even simply being in a parking lot where the cars are moving. However, lately, I've realized that maybe I shoud just suck it up and learn how to drive because it seems there are alot of opportunites you miss out on when you have to depend on public transportation or other people for transportation and that a car is pretty much necessary to get to like 90% of places and do 90% of things.
3. You have to euthanize animals for the program. While it still bothers my conscience, I could handle the throwing rats into a box to be gassed,but what really bothers me is the description of how you have to euthanize the birds explained in the book "Kicked,Bitten, and Scratched." I don't know if the euthanize methods of the birds have changed since the student who wrote the book graduated from the program or not,but basically you have to kill the birds by squeezing their neck until their head literally pops off. It all sounds very violent and horrific. I'm afraid it will turn me violent. As it is, I already struggle with violent intruisive thoughts caused by my diagnozed OCD disorder and my greatest fear is what if one day I lose control of myself and act on my thoughts. I've been extremely good about controlling my actions and ignoring my thoughts,but I'm not sure how having to kill something so brutally and directly with my bare-hands would affect me mentally, especially considering I already have mental problems.
4. From the website, it sounds like Moore Park is hard to get into. Santa Fe was a first come-first serve thing. If you were one of the people to apply when positions were still open,you got in the program. Moore Park makes it sound like you have to have previous animal experience and all kinds of other stuff in order to compete with other people on who gets in the program,rather than it being a first come-first serve basis.
5.You have to have 5 prereq courses to get in Moore Park that you didn't need for Santa Fe. I've already took and passed Biology,but I failed College Alegbra and would have to take it again to get into the program. In addition, I have not yet taken a college English class nor the other two required classes.
So maybe mostly cleaning tools. I thought I read somewhere there could be some ground maintenance too but I could be wrong. But if so they should be willing to work with you.
I hope so. I'm toast if it's maintenance construction tools like screw-drivers,wrenches,hammers,etc. But mops,brooms,sponges,those kinds of things I can handle.
you could look into getting a test done to see if there is something they can specifically lable and verify, just in case, you do wind up needing it.
I guess I could,but I'm not even sure if I have a disability and if I do what it is and what to be tested for. My family is convinced that I have some kind of motor-skills problem,but I didn't really notice it myself until I had trouble with the tools. Also, my family also likes to claim that they think I'm very mildly autistic and I guess I do kind of have some of the symptoms,but I tend to not take them too seriously because I've never be offically diagnosed with autisim or asperger's and my family likes to toss around and claim things that I have that I've never even officially been diagnosed with. I don't even know how or where you get tested for that kind of thing, like to see if you really are autistic or not.
Hopefully it does. I wanted to work at a zoo at one point.. I suck at biology though.. And i'm pretty sure i'd be just as "tool-literate" as you say you are, if not even more so, so don't feel too bad about it.
Yeah. I'm not so sure I want to actually be a zoo-keeper anymore seeing how much tool-work it involves. Though I have heard that some of the larger zoos have a seperate maintenance team and the zoo keepers themselves don't really have to worry about tools. Still,I don't think I'll ever work for an AZA zoo if I do become a zoo keeper because none of them allow the keepers inside the enclosure with carnivores. I'm pretty good at biology,but I kind of suck at math,which has made my goal a bit of challenge since in addition to being required by all college degrees, quite a bit of math is required for all science related degrees. I try not to feel too bad about it. The instructor of the program really made me feel like I was stupid or incompetent or something for not being able to use the tools though and it really did a number on my already low self-esteem. I hope the instructors at the California school are nicer.
Honestly i've never really liked the way that a lot of things work in Florida.. and imo it's just not to great of a place to live, i'm a mixture of southern city and northern country.. so i don't think beaches and that type of heat agree with me.. And thenevery beach i went to in florida was just dirty.. We went the entire coast just about when i was younger, even went all the way down that strip thing and we went to that NASA place.. The beaches were just aweful and i hate the smell of the ocean so no florida for me.
The part of Florida I went in didn't really have any beaches. It was northern Florida. It was a pathetically small and boring city though. I'm used to big cities with alot to do as my entire life I lived first in New Orleans and then in Houston after Hurricane Katrina. The city was Gainesville and it was about an hour from Tampa one way and an hour from Orlando the other way. I really wanted to go to Busch Gardens, Disney World, and Universal Studios while I was there. But the public transporation only went locally,not that far, I had no car and don't know how to drive, and I don't really have the money to visit those places since tickets are so expensive for them.
Welcome back! I'm glad to see you here again. It definitely sounds like the program in CA is what you would like doing best. It would be great for you to eventually wind up where you want to be.
If you got to the point where you'd be able to keep endangered species, you could interact with them as long as they were a captive breeding population. You need a healthy captive population before you can start releasing them and being "hands-off." You'll always need some captive animals that you can interact with.
Thank you. ^^ Yes. I think I really want to do it even though there are a few concerns about it that I listed above. Really? That would be awesome. I know the wolf sanctuary I used to volunteer at had a Mexican Gray Wolf that the volunteers interacted with,but that was different because she was found badly injured in a trap and was unreleasable and it was a different kind of permit she was under because she wasn't for breeding or reintroduction purposes,but under a permit in which the sanctuary was allowed to keep/rescue non-releasable endangered species and subspecies of wolf.