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Five things I am Thankful For

Remember when you were in grade school and every November you had to do an assignment on what you are thankful for? 

I don’t.  I never went to school.  I’m a crocodile.
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But it’s a great idea!  And considering what a rough year 2016 has been, I thought I’d take the time to really think about the things I am thankful for. So here it is.

The first one won’t be a part of the official count:  I am thankful that as a Critically Endangered species, I have a safe home at Brookfield Zoo.  And here’s why…

  1. I am thankful for the animal care specialists.

The people who care for me and the other animals at the zoo are unparalleled in their dedication.  Through severe weather, midnight observation shifts, sweat, sore muscles, and more – animal care specialists are here for whatever our needs are.  My life is great because these people are thinking 24/7 about what they can do to make my life awesome, and make life better for my wild counterparts.  Speaking of which…
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  1. I am thankful for our partnerships.

Not only does Chicago Zoological Society care for animals here at the zoo, they care for wildlife in the Chicagoland area and around the world.  From helping the Forest Preserves of Cook County track fish to understand how they use waterways to the program all the way down in Punta San Juan, Peru, where the PSJ Ecosystem Conservation Program monitors and protects penguins, pelicans, pinnipeds, and more, CZS is deeply involved in making sure there are still safe homes for animals out in the wild.
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  1. I am thankful for the CZS grounds crew.

Brookfield Zoo has beautiful animals, but it is also a beautiful park and certified arboretum because of the knowledgeable and dedicated grounds crew.  The colorful flower beds full of tulips every spring and the twinkling lights of Holiday Magic every fall make the grounds of Brookfield Zoo a spectacular place to spend time outdoors year round.  It also makes for some very lucky humans who are surrounded by natural beauty at their workplace – something that is rare for an urban setting!  It’s all thanks to the horticulturists, arborists, and landscapers.  But, I am especially thankful for all of the garbage cans they manage throughout a day in order to keep the park and environment clean!
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  1. I am thankful for the Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare.

This team’s job is literally never done.  The creative and dedicated scientists on this team are constantly seeking ways to make my life the best it can be, physically and mentally.  They do this for the animals not only at Brookfield Zoo, but also at other zoos and aquariums!
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  1. I am thankful for the Animal Hospital.

One of the ways my well-being is maintained is by monitoring my physical health.  Those of us who live at Brookfield Zoo are lucky to have a world-class hospital just minutes away from our home, equipped with ultrasound equipment, blood testing labs, and the largest and most advanced CT scanner within a zoo.  Of course, I can’t forget about the world class veterinarians and veterinary technicians who have dedicated their lives to keeping me…er, keeping all the animals at Brookfield Zoo healthy and comfortable.
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Your turn, humans!  What are you thankful for this year??  Tweet or Instagram about it and tag @CandidCroc!

Posted: 11/16/2016 4:16:32 PM by


Carlita the Croc

I'm Carlita the Croc, here to deliver my candid views on various topics, articles, news, and stories in conservation. For the latest news follow me on Twitter, for striking photos follow me on Instagram.

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