I observed her enter the cage of Kojo, a gorilla she took notes on Kojo, fed him, and even talked to him; I could see that she cared for Kojo very much. When Kojo saw her I noticed that Kojo jumped up and down as if he seemed excited to see her. She fed him bananas and some type of gorilla brown nut/seed, she asked him about his day and how he was feeling as if he could actually understand her. She told me that she had known Kojo for over 2 years and he is one of her favorite animals at the zoo and she thinks of him as “family”. We then walked back to her office as she dropped off her research papers at the office.
Later she then told me that her co-worker was ill so she had to cover for him and give a tour of the zoo to a group and that I was welcome to follow but I didn’t have to because it “could get dirty” when I asked her what she meant she said “some of the people could be extremely rude towards her and the animals” and that she was fine with them being rude to her, although it wasn’t enjoyable it was “part of the job” but what she couldn’t stand was that if anyone was rude to the animals. It was obvious that she cared greatly for the animals in the zoo, possible even more than herself.
I decided to follow her on the tour a see what she meant, when she met the group of 14 people, 8 adults and 6 children she introduced herself and gave the typical zoo speech addressing her name, telling facts about the zoo, and the rules of the zoo, she even told me to introduce myself at which I did and told the