Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Your Opportunity ~ Adopot an Animal ~ Save a Life ~ Ontario Visited at Toronto Zoo Tour

This series of Blog articles comes from our recent “Behind the Scenes Tour of the Toronto Zoo” with Katie Gray, Public Relations Supervisor. Ontario Visited toured with Festival Nomad Correspondent’s Carol Law (Volunteeerscan.ca ~ Volunteer systems Consultant) and Ron Clifford (www.ronclifford.com ~ Professional Photographer). With extra our extra correspondent and photographer, we were able to focus on the generous amount of information being provided by the Toronto Zoo staff for this wonderful opportunity. We would like to share our insight, knowledge and experiences with you. Hope you enjoy the series!

 Adopt an Animal ~ Your Opportunity
Through our travels in the Health Unit, we start to see beyond the fun, photos, laughter and excitement, it is critical to support the health centre for the Toronto Zoo.
You can help by being part of the "Toronto Zoo Adopt an Animal" program. For example, people have given Adopt an Animal for their “give favours” for weddings or other celebratory events. Gary and I are going to give them as family Christmas presents. You can choose what's best for you.
Other ways you can support the Zoo is by visiting the Zoo, becoming a member of the Zoo and taking an active role in learning about all the great animals. Other programs offered by the Zoo help save animals and encourage participants to change their lifestyle in ways that support conservation efforts.
Visitors to the Zoo can have a great time discovering the different bi-products that can be purchased at Zoo gift shops. The “ZooPoorecycled paper is just one of the fun ways the Zoo contributes to recycling.

A Tough Job ~ None Other …
Being a Zookeeper isn’t just a fun job! You need University degrees... biology for example. Our guide today, Katie Gray, Public Relations Supervisor, has a degree from the University of Toronto in biology, a double major and honour to boot!
Katie Gray tells us many other skills are needs in this field, such as crisis management and policies for every possible thing, from protocol, collaboration to politics. The job is hard and stressful and challenging. Plus the job can be frustrating at times, especially when all of these get thrown into the mix. But Katie loves people and loves the Zoo! And that is what keeps all the staff, volunteers and other stakeholders engaged with their role at the Zoo – their passion for what the Zoo is doing to save animals and their habitats every day.
There are about 350 full-time volunteers at the Toronto Zoo. These volunteers make the Toronto what it is today! A fabulous facility for the residents and visitor to the GTA! The Zoo certainly appreciates the work that all their volunteer’s part and full time do. If you are interested in the Zoo and its "residents", you might want to contact about volunteering. In the meantime, make sure you visit the Zoo and enjoy all it offers!

Stay tuned for more exciting insight from the Toronto Zoo Behind the Scenes Tour ~ Positive Wins Every Time! In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the Toronto Zoo website where you can view ongoing amazing “in-the-moment” videos and so much more at www.torontozoo.com. Enjoy!

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