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|Zoo Volunteer leading a tour|
We were also given some sheets regarding "Principles of Interpretation", one list containing points made by Freeman Tilden, the second by Larry Beck and Ted Cable. All of the quotes were very interesting, but the one that spoke to me the most was this one (from Tilden):
"The chief aim of Interpretation is not instruction, but provocation."I hope to utilize that philosophy quite a bit in the months to come.
|Zebra baby and mom|
On my way back to the main gates, I stopped in to see my penguins, who were all indoors (along with the cormorants) receiving a late-afternoon feeding. Some came out of their "nests" (which are all converted pet carriers) to nibble on some fish before retreating back to brood. I spotted Eldon close to Brandon (the Zoo's penguin keeper) and not far away were Chupa and Matata, practically inseparable. I wonder how much longer it will be possible to tell this year's chicks apart from the more mature adults; for now, their colouration is quite distinct and it's not particularly challenging at all.
I popped my head in at the Volunteer Centre on my way out of the Zoo, reporting back to Karen on how cute the new zebra was. I found out there that it was a female and I think I heard that her name is "Shanika", but I am not entirely sure. Either way, she was absolutely lovely, especially in the way her fur has varying degrees of intensity in the striping at this point in her development. I will likely check in on her a few times in the next weeks.
So that was my first day. It was even better than I had hoped and I had built it up quite a bit in my mind. I can't wait until I shadow my first tour in a couple of weeks. I'll report back as the classes progress; for now, here is the video I promised you. Enjoy!