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Several properties have or are currently planning employee appreciation events this summer and using the opportunity to help spread awareness and raise funds for SIF including DreamMore and Kentucky Kingdom.
DreamMore Resort recently celebrated summer with a host appreciation luau lunch benefiting SIF. The event included raffle prizes and a chance to dunk their leaders.
Kentucky Kingdom just held its second annual Host Olympics. Guest Services was this year’s winning department, which earned the opportunity to nominate a host, Abdicate Ali, who presented the Grand Champion Pie to the Park Services Manager, Rachel Morgan. To up the ante, hosts could donate for the chance to present a pie to a person of their choice. Host Stephen Puryear’s name was picked, and he presented the first SIF pie to Food Assistant Manager Nick Toole.
Biologist Jackie shares insights into careers as a biologist or zookeeper with Adventure Aquarium’s fans on Instagram for their latest #MoreYouKnowMonday.Watch Video
The Animal Care Team at Newport Aquarium is passionate and dedicated to the animals they care for, and guests learn from them every day. In honor of Zookeeper Week, some Biologists were featured on social media so followers and fans could hear about these dedicated professionals, like Jenny Higgins. Jenny brings 15 years of experience working with penguins to the aquarium and says she loves all 38 birds she cares for and says no two penguins are alike!See More
Toxic algal blooms in California have left marine mammals stranded, and marine mammal rescue facilities have been overwhelmed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached out to other rescue facilities for support, including the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre (VAMMR). VAMMR staff have traveled down south to help support the local rescue operations!
Registered Veterinary Technician Kate Flom was at the Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute for 10 days recently and shared briefly in this video what she was doing.
Service pin ceremonies are a special time for our team in the Ozarks. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and recognize a fantastic group of individuals for what they do every day for fellow hosts and guests. On July 18th, Tim Stowe and his team at The Showboat Branson Belle had the opportunity to celebrate ten outstanding hosts for their five & ten years of service. Celebrating each individual with a specially prepared meal and heartfelt words about their time thus far with Herschend.
Congratulations to everyone celebrating milestones this year and thank you for everything you not only do for our guests, but also each other.
For National Zookeeper Week, we asked our team, “When did you know you wanted to be a Zookeeper?” Here’s what some of them had to say!
“If you ask anyone I’m close to, they’ll tell you I’ve always had a passion for animals. My love for birds started during an internship I had in college. It’s blossomed since becoming a zookeeper at Wild Adventures. I love all our animals and the amazing people I get to work with every day!”
“I knew the first day I started working at Wild Adventures 19 years ago that I was home and I would never work again in my career because I love what I'm doing. I feel a true passion for all the animals that I'm blessed to get to take care of.”
“Getting to closely observe the animals that I care for every day is one of my favorite things about being a zookeeper. I find all of their individual personalities & behaviors fascinating. Each day, I enjoy seeing all of their little curiosities as they interact with their environment. It is an honor to be a part of their lives.”
“If you had asked me 10 years ago if I was going to be a zookeeper, I would have thought you were crazy! I am so thankful I have been led to this career. Each day the animals in my care bring me joy and so many laughs! This job has allowed me to discover and explore my true passion - wildlife conservation.”
“I’ve wanted to be a zookeeper since I knew what one was! It can be hot, smelly, and dirty, but the occasional cuddles definitely make it worth it.”
“I didn’t think I’d be in the field of animal care I’m in right now, but I’m so glad I am. I’m so thankful to be here and to learn from each animal I work with; they teach me each day how to be a better human."
“How could you not love your job when every day these animals just make me smile and make my days worthwhile.”
“I made 7-year-old me's dreams come true, and I couldn't ask for more. I’m truly blessed”
Fatima "TNT" Lister recently joined Dr. Patrice Harris, Everyday Health's Chief Health and Medical Editor and Chairman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s International Health & Wellness Committee, in Chicago for an inspiring panel discussion titled "Lifting the Veil on Black Women and Mental Health." Additional panelists at the well-attended event included Maia Niguel Hoskin, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling at Loyola Marymount University; Dr. Harris; Fatima; and Lauren Carson, Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls Smile.
Callaway Resort & Gardens' Human Resources team recently worked with the Roosevelt Institute & the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency to introduce individuals in the Southeast with learning and emotional disabilities to various work opportunities.
Callaway hosted various groups from both organizations, providing opportunities to meet with managers from different departments like Recreation, Sales, and Information Technology. Group seminars highlighted why Callaway is a great place to work and advice on how to accomplish career goals. After the seminars, the Human Resources team offered tours around the property and held a picnic, where they gave away Callaway swag to commemorate the experience.