When I graduated college, I didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life. I took a trip to Australia. I found a job at a small wildlife park called Caversham. I have always loved animals but had no clue what it was like to work with them. I didn't see the depth of the job in front of me. I just saw animals.
Caversham is owned and run by mother, father, brother and sister. After seeing how much training was involved, I was amazed that Debbie hired me. They taught me my entire foundation as far as caring for animals. I loved every aspect of it, and I felt like a part of their family.
I was really upset when it came time to leave Australia because my visa had ended. It was very heartbreaking. But luckily I was entering a new phase in my life, as a zookeeper at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
當到了要離開澳洲的時候我非常難過，因為我的簽證到期了。那非常令人心碎。但幸運地我進入了我人生中一個嶄新的階段，在Alabama Gulf Coast動物園當一個動物管理員。
Caring for animals is a tremendous responsibility but it's also the biggest pleasure in my life. It's very rewarding. Every day I miss my friends back in Australia. And when I get to do something really cool for the first time, I just think it's because of them.
It's really important to me that I keep in touch with everyone from back at Caversham and see them face-to-face. It's a lot of fun to see how big the animals have gotten. I cannot describe my love for these animals. I need to know what's going on. Tell me the latest.
This is what happens when Americans raise roos.
Without Caversham, never in a million years will I be doing what I'm doing today. I always take the time to thank them, "Thank you. You got me here, thank you."
Family is not limited to blood by any means in my world. It's an amazing experience to have the people who live so far away with the animals I love the most in my living room even though they're a world apart. It's like the distance isn't there. For a moment, we were at zoo.
There's so much about it to love.
To have all of my Australian family and my animals all together is really something special.
- 「就...而言、至於、直到」- As Far As
They taught me my entire foundation "as far as" caring for animals.
- 「到了...的時候」- When It Comes Time To
I was really upset "when it came time to" leave Australia because my visa had ended. It was very heartbreaking.
- 「絕不、絕非」- Not By Any Means
Family is not limited to blood by any means in my world.