4th Day - Primates 1 team
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A day much the same as yesterday today, we are on the same team 2 days in a row so we get to do all parts of a task and learn it all better. The hardest part is remembering which animals must be fed in seperate cages, which have to be divided and locked up, which have to be fed simultaneously, and which have to have to have their food withheld as a bargaining chip for some other task that has to be carried out in their cage that day. I always imagined we would be supported by a full team of staff, but as staff numbers are low, that means that responsibility comes early, and with 3 weeks experience you are considered expert enough to lead a team for the day. Since I will be here a month, I am excited but seriously apprehensive about the inevitable fact that what I learn now, I will be expected to teach in just a few short days!
Our day only differed from yesterday by the extra duties of cleaning and bleaching the food prep house which was back-breaking. I don't think I ruined any of my clothes with bleach, but since we are all wearing throw-away clothes anyway it doesn't really matter. We also did some seed-collecting for Simon, picking up bean pods from outside the centre gate and little black seeds down at the bear pen ready for the reforestation team to plant them. I meant to help with wood-staining some beams for enrichment but never quite got round to it, such is the way a day pans out...