LCF is pleased to welcome Hailey Burton, Patrick Brooks, and Brenna Jenkins as our fall 2022 interns. These new additions bring great experience to LCF’s animal husbandry program.
Our thanks to Hailey, Patrick, and Brenna for following our continuing COVID-19 protocols, which have included a ‘mini quarantine’ period that prevented them from shadowing husbandry staff for one weeks after their arrival at the reserve. Additionally, with their adherence to LCF PPE requirements, we provided them with presentations and activities that did not directly involve lemurs during the transition.
Presentations included a general orientation, animal welfare, and enrichment, while projects included making enrichment for the lemurs, tidying up our browse/vegetable garden, and planting new vegetable seeds.
Read about their accomplishments and why they were attracted to LCF’s internship opportunities.
Hailey has a bachelors in Anthropology from DePaul University, and a masters in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England. Her past experience has been with equines and she is excited to gain experience with lemurs. Her goal is to become a zookeeper and continue working with animals. In her free-time you can find her reading, riding horses, or watching football (soccer).
Patrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Applied Global Conservation. He has experience with primates while volunteering at the Smithsonian National Zoo. His goal is to one day have a career as a zookeeper and continue working with animals and finding ways to help and protect endangered species.
Brenna has a Psychology degree specializing in Animal Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. Eventually, she wants to do nonhuman cognitive and behavioral research on assorted mammals, from primates to big cats. She has volunteer experience with wild animals and marine mammals and is excited to add lemurs to her roster.