Tiger Keeper for a Day

Dawn B Davies-McIninch

Bristol, United Kingdom

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Today I was the first person to go on a Tigers keepers experience coarse at the fabulous Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedone Road,Wraxal,Nr Bristol. This has been a dream of mine since I was a child, to see a tiger up close and personal. At aged 6 I saw a pelt of an ocelot, not that i knew its name then and it put me in a fury and I vowed from that day on that my loyalty was going to be to all rare big cats or any endangered or ill treated animals and I have always wished that i could financially help a cause to this end. Well today that dream came true, and I did get up close and personal hehe. I arrived at 8am and the first job was to inspect all the compound fences and make sure the electric fencing is all in order, then I was allowed inside with the tigers main keepers, Chris and Emma and had my first introduction to their tigers hehe, before being allowed nearer the tigers another chore had to be done, hehe chop up a pigs head, yuk, but hey these big cats needed their breakfast and seeing I did not want them to eat me, I complied hehe haha.

Once this was done, I was then allowed inside the 2nd area, here the cages had a thick red painted line, this was a warning line not to get too close, as they have a habit of popping their paws through under their doors for a swipe hehe. I had the great task of feeding them their breakfast by using a long stick with the chunk of meat on the end, I was instructed to do some low to the floor, so the keepers could check the bodies of these tigers and check for any injuries, then I had to feed them high, this allows the keepers to check the paws and underneath of the tiger, boy this was fun, once this close time was over, it was time to inspect the inside tigers areas of their compounds, make sure all is well and place some bits of meat around the place for them to find. Last week some webcams were installed very high up and when they came back the next day the female had tried eating it, hehe in little bits on the floor of their pen. and they were in fact told that these webcams would be tigerproof. lol the keepers showed me tanvirs milktray, a huge stainless steel deep baking tray, the kind which has handles on, well one day I was told that Tanvir got impatient and chewed the tray up, and I mean chewed, the tray was folded in half and puncture marks through the two layers of metal, wow, it was unbelievable.

Then it was time to let the tigers out into their compounds, They have a new male tiger called Khan, boy hes massive and their female Kushja is sooooooooo in love hehe so the park expect happy bundles in the future. Tanvir is only two years old and was too young for kushja, when they introduced them both, Kushja beat Tanvir up and gave him a nasty cut to his paw, aww. After we let them out it was time to get into their pens and clean up, boy sure was an eye opener, you see tigers peepee on their beds of straw hehe makes them smell real gooooooooooood lol so I helped clean out the wet straw and look for small bits of bones from their last evening meal hehe fairly gross but got to be done hehe then a good sweep up and then out with buckets of disinfectant to clean the floors and windows, they just love making the windows dirty hehe and the new tiger Khan being a full grown tiger sprays his lovely scent on any surface he can find, including keepers hehe I was lucky not to be annointed hehe and also had to clean the veiwing windows on the outside, where the public can view these beautiful creatures, after that I was invited to a group meeting which is held at the park on a daily bass, this is held for all its staff and keepers and owners to talk of all the daily routines, and plans for the future. I was asked how I liked my morning and told them its was fantastic and I could not fault it at all. The main thing I noticed around this park is that all staff are so happy and cheerful and you can tell they just adore working there.

At 12.45 it was the keepers talking to the public time and I was the assitant, I got to feed Tanvir to my delight again, but this time in front of the public and a kind gentleman took my camara off me to take some more pictures for me hehe, once this talk was done Emma the keeper took me around the compound towards Tanvirs pool and even managed to get him into the water, (pics will be follow heehee) I have had the best day of my life there today and have many treasured memories, which will stay with me forever, so thank you so much Noah’s Ark.

I as you may know made a callender of the park and have told the park that any sales this callender may make, will go directly into their Tiger fund, I have also been lucky to have my webdesigners offer to do a page on my website which links back to the zoo, and also the Tigers webcam (minus one lol) for people to see. If you ever get the chance to go there you will love it.
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