I am honored to be working together with Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary. Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, I have been preparing for this very adventure from when and where I was born. I grew up in Miami with chickens, ducks, and spent many weekends in the Everglades experiencing things that were to be written about in my environmental classes later in college. I moved away from Miami to Leesburg, Georgia, when I was twelve. I graduated high school there, and 3 days later I was in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. I enlisted into the Army as a Cannon Crewman. During my 8 years in the service, I did some really cool things. I lived around the eastern united states, jumped out of air planes and helicopters, and spent many months out of the year in the deserts of California and Texas. I lived in Germany for 3 years, and was deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During that time, I was always drawn back to my roots of exploring and observing wildlife no matter where I went. Did you know that hamsters are actually wild and live in the Persian Gulf region? Imagine our surprise when the rustling in our packages from home turned out to be one of those cute little rascals… eating the cookies that mom sent.
Hey everyone! It’s Abbey from YWRS. Although I’ve brought you fun videos and pictures of our animals while we continue construction it’s time for you to get to know me!
I’ve been a zookeeper in some form or another since 2013, working my way from internships, to supervising Farm Yard areas, to becoming a full-fledged keeper working everything from bats to crocodiles. I relocated to Georgia from Memphis, TN, where I was employed at the Memphis Zoo. I’m so excited to be bringing everything I’ve learned in my career to the animals that call Yellow River home!
Interested in becoming a volunteer… or “Exhibit Attendant,” to be exact? As an exhibit attendant, you will be standing (or sitting) at a station outside of an animal exhibit to answer any questions guests might have about the animal or the sanctuary itself. The exhibit attendants will also make sure that guests are interacting appropriately with the animals (for example: not feeding animals, reaching through the fences, or climbing on railings). All volunteers will need to attend a training meeting prior to actually volunteering.
If you are interested in becoming an exhibit attendant at Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary, please fill out the form in the link below.