Reptiles Alive is gearing up to celebrate our 20th anniversary this year! Let’s start with a few thoughts from the RA team about this past year.
CobraCaroline with Sunflower the Albino Boa Constrictor
Caroline Seitz “CobraCaroline”
2015 was another fun, amazing, and fast paced year here at Reptiles Alive. As the director, I had the pleasure of working with one of the best teams we’ve had. I can’t say enough good things about Rockin’ReptileRachel, LizardLiz, and TuataraTony. Reptiles Alive is great because each of them is so dedicated to our mission to teach about how reptiles are super animals, just as important as any other creature.
Rockin’ReptileRachel with Tupinambis the Tegu
Rachel Walker “Rockin’ReptileRachel”
As Assistant Director, Rachel presented over 340 shows to nearly 26,500 people while also: answering phones, responding to emails, booking shows, assisting with animal care, and taking charge of everything while I was traveling. And no matter what she is doing, Rachel always has a positive, upbeat attitude. As one of our clients said about her, “We definitely look forward to having Reptiles Alive come back and hopefully with Rachel, she made the experience wonderful!”
TuataraTony and Mr. Beardie the Bearded Dragon
Tony Bulmer “TuataraTony”
RA Wildlife Educator Tony says “The best thing [about last year] is the amount of repeat birthdays I did. It is always amazing how many times we go back year to year to the same house for the same child. They never get tired of us!
When asked about what made him the happiest at RA in 2015, he said “I think hitting my 15 year mark as your employee! Maybe 16 I am not sure.”
As for the future, Tony says “In 2016 I look forward to keeping up the fight in protecting the coolest family of animals on the planet, the reptiles. Wildlife educators rock!.”
LizardLiz and Rango the Iguana
Elizabeth Thompson “LizardLiz”
2015 was Liz’s first year working at RA. Hired as both our Lead Animal Keeper and as a Wildlife Educator, Liz is in charge of the animal care and she is responsible for presenting outreach shows as well. Over the past year, she has demonstrated a true passion and commitment for both the care of the reptiles and teaching others about them.
“The best thing to happen to me in 2015 was being hired on with Reptiles Alive! I couldn’t believe that I got my dream job less than a year out of college! It just goes to show that experience, education, and persistence truly pay off! I am so excited to be working with such wonderful people and share my passion with hundreds of children!
I am very happy about all of the positive feedback that I get from all of my clients as well as my coworkers! It feels good to know that I am excelling at my job as much as I am enjoying it! I love working with all of the animals as well as all the kids!
My 2016 goals:
I aim to do more shows so that I can visit more awesome kids and have a blast teaching them!
I want to learn more about all kinds of animals! No one ever stops learning!
I hope to continue improving in my work and living up to my coworkers’ expectations!”