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.
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 for people with a phobia, there was no better place to be than a zoo.
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
"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.
said anything to do with touching and interacting with the animals was always a big hit with the kids, but there was one surprise.
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