Brandon Adopt-A-Pond’s High School Co-op

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The Toronto Zoo is one of the most interesting and diverse places to do co-op! As a co-op student at Adopt-A-Pond I’ve done various tasks for different people in several departments. These tasks range from working on site gardening in the First Nation’s Art Garden, to working with critically endangered species in the animal care unit. I’ve also been to events including the The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup where other members of Adopt-A-Pond and I went to the Rouge Marsh and cleaned up over 15 bags of garbage. I also assist in the preparation of multiple stewardship events such as Ontario Turtle Tally and FrogWatch Ontario Appreciation Day.

Working with different departments requires different tasks. In the Adopt-A-Pond office I categorize emails and mail out packages.  When I work in the Wildlife Health Unit I care for endangered species of Ontario turtles and clean and feed different types of reptiles.  Occasionally I work on things to do with the animal exhibits. I’ve assisted in the construction of the giant salamander exhibit, one of six in North America, and the only one in Canada. Doing co-op at the zoo is fantastic experience; every day brings new and exciting things to do.

Do you want to do a co-op at Adopt-A-Pond? Contact us HERE for more information.

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