Lead Animal Keeper Rachael Cross Shares About Her Love for Lindsay Wildlife
I feel like I did not choose to work at Lindsay — it chose me. I grew up in the East Bay and I remember coming to Lindsay on field trips and with my family. It inspired me. My first career path was in something very different (3D animation) but there was little passion or inspiration. I felt lost and remembered those amazing critters I used to visit. I started volunteering, interning, accepted a part-time job, and was then offered a dream job that I never thought I would be able to achieve.
The mission of connecting people with wildlife is what inspired me to push myself and work the many part time-jobs I had to in order to fulfill my dream. Zoological facilities like our very own Lindsay Wildlife are so important to conservation. Our animal ambassadors have the most important job in the world: saving their wild counterparts. They bridge that connection and inspire our visitors to get involved.
It is a difficult time during this COVID-19 crisis but our animal ambassadors deserve our utmost attention and the same passion we have on any regular day. I strive to make their day normal. It seems like a simple goal but with our limited (yet amazing) staff and handful of volunteers, it’s a challenge. We are doing extraordinary work. I’m proud to work with our Animal Encounters team.
Every so often we get some visitors walking by the outside of the building while we’re training or exercising animals. Their questions and desire to learn continue to inspire me. If we can still educate people, even if it’s just one person, about why turkey vultures are essential for the environment, or that, yes, snakes are gentle and helpful at rodent control in our shared habitats… it’s worth it. You can help us spread awareness and save wildlife by making a gift here. Thank you.