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This profile was last updated on 1/28/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Head Zookeeper

Phone: (905) ***-****  HQ Phone
Jungle Cat World
3667 Concession Road 6
Orono , Ontario L0B 1M0

Company Description: Jungle Cat World is involved with the captive breeding and management of threatened and endangered species, working with and supporting a variety of Species...   more

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Web References
Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park- Contact Us, 28 Jan 2015 [cached]
Carl Tordiff
Carl Tordiff Head Zookeeper
Jungle Cat World's wildlife ..., 15 Mar 2012 [cached]
Jungle Cat World's wildlife educator Carl Tordiff said it was exactly what the camp was about, for children to have fun and maybe develop their interests even further. But he said becoming a zoo-keeper is no easy feat.
"You've got to have animal knowledge, you've got to be rugged and you've got to be adaptable," he said.
Tordiff said for people with a phobia, there was no better place to be than a zoo. He said from his experience, the fear usually stemmed from the lack of understanding they have of the animals. Once they had the chance to interact with the animal on a one-on-one basis, it became a nonissue.
"Some of these kids that came in Monday were a little bit nervous of some of the arachnids or some of the reptiles, by day two, they were holding them, interacting with them and asking questions," he said. "And that's really great to see."
Throughout the five-day program, campers get to do everything a real zookeeper does on an average day, from cleaning, feeding, handling to learning all about them.
Tordiff said anything to do with touching and interacting with the animals was always a big hit with the kids, but there was one surprise. He said while most children were not a fan of doing chores at home, that was not the case at the camp.
"As zookeepers, we assume that the kids may not like things like cleaning as much, because cleaning is a big part of working at the zoo and it's kind of the basis of the work that we do in the zoo. But these kids, aside from handling animals, they love to clean," said Tordiff.
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