Company/Organization: Bergen County Zoo
Mentor(s):Cindy Norton & Lindsay Rasmovich
Topic of Internship
The Bergen County Zoological Park in Van Saun Park is Bergen County’s only zoo. The zoo contains a broad spectrum of wild and domestic animals which are placed in living spaces designed to mimic their natural habitats. As a participant of the Species Survival Plan, the Bergen County Zoo ensures that its keepers maintain the animals and their homes on a daily basis. The eighteen-acre Bergen County Zoo is home to about 200 exotic and common birds, reptiles, and mammals that attract over 500,000 visitors a year. These animals include the endangered Andean Condor, the Red-footed Tortoise, and the majestic Mountain Lion.
Summary of Internship
At the Bergen County Zoo I have learned basic biomedical procedures and animal husbandry. I was able to observe how animals react to their environment and controlled stimuli through enrichment activities that I helped design and implement to mimic the challenges they would continually face if reintroduced into their natural habitats. I was also required to perform common business tasks such as filing weights, medication administered, and fecal float results of animals at the zoo. Although it was important that the animals were taken care of, it was also important that records were kept of the animals. The responsibility I was given at my internship has yielded a wealth of practical experience in the veterinary field and has served to further solidify my interest in this area.
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