Getting in all the otter/red panda/rhino bonding time I can

I’m a bit heartbroken to say that after 10 years I’m leaving my job at Zoo Atlanta. The Zoo has given me so many amazing experiences with animals and coworkers.

I’ve been able to do and design a lot here. From sassy red panda safety signs to a dancing french fry (I don’t know why we thought that was a good idea) to some pretty rad infographics. It’s really awesome to work somewhere where you can support conservation, research and #otterchaos. Not to mention having a baby lemur on your head during a photo shoot is priceless.

I do have a lot of guilt that I can’t still be the zoo aunt or being able to share the joys of giant tortoise snuggles with my friends. Not to mention the many times I took refuge from a bad day by acclimating baby goats or giving a Hi-C to a silverback gorilla. I hope to still illustrate all my crazy animal ideas and volunteer for a few projects, if they’ll have me.

I’m returning to my alma mater at Georgia Tech. I’m excited for new ideas, projects and a very cool environment. I hope to continue some of what I’ve built in G+ and I may even be able to sneak in a panda here and there. I may even go back to school for a masters, which is absolutely awesome and terrifying.

I know it’s indulgent, but in the next two weeks I’ll be sharing my favorite Zoo stories and I hope to get in all the animal time I can.

The tiger cub siblings often were seen holding hands. I just don’t know how I am going to deal without tiger visits! (And yes, my silly camera phone took this.)

So, go out, be awesome. Try to avoid palm oil and recycle your cell phones with us!

http://www.zooatlanta.org/cell_recycling

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Reflection/hay installation is all the rad. Nights like this make me believe in unicorns @livingwalls

Elephant showers cool off Tara and guests alike #ZooATL #elphie

My attempt at a #shelfie. Shuffles the Aldabra tortoise was speedy today #ZooATL #zoowork

Two days ago, busting out. Hatched yesterday. Today all fluff. #FlannerytheFlamingo

Pascal can reach a cricket with his tongue 20” away. He’s also my muse for this year’s Jazzoo artwork

Happy birthday Mei Lun and Mei Huan!

The cubs turn 1 today, and it has been quite a year. Mei Huan, formerly known as Cub B, was born two minutes after her sister and was quite the surprise! You can see (and hear) us react to the birth in my office (the only other place at the Zoo where we have access to panda feed) http://archive.11alive.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2547545852001. Birth watch can sometimes be a very long day of work, and with the Ramones playing in the office, may have led to a new fun illustration.

From day one, Zoo veterinarians, keepers and our Chinese colleague from Chengdu started working a 24-hour shift where they swapped the cubs out with mom during the cubs’ first months. Not enough can be said about how awesome they all are at their jobs. For a few months, we thought the girls were fellas. It turned out to be good news that they were in fact, little girls (females are more valuable for the species), although that meant we had to stop using their very silly nicknames – Jesus and Juan. 
I’ve always had a soft spot for Cub B. Maybe it’s because I am called “B” in my family, or because B seemed to be the one noted as “gregarious” or the “troublemaker” by her keepers. She also happened to be the cub that was photo-ready when I was called upon for photog duties. 

I was lucky enough to go back to the cubs’ den a few times to help with photography. Yes, I may have geeked out a bit. Today you’ll see my big head again on the birthday Hangout, where I will try to wrangle in my inherent dorkiness.
Happy birthday Mei Lun and Mei Huan!

The cubs turn 1 today, and it has been quite a year. Mei Huan, formerly known as Cub B, was born two minutes after her sister and was quite the surprise! You can see (and hear) us react to the birth in my office (the only other place at the Zoo where we have access to panda feed) http://archive.11alive.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2547545852001. Birth watch can sometimes be a very long day of work, and with the Ramones playing in the office, may have led to a new fun illustration.

From day one, Zoo veterinarians, keepers and our Chinese colleague from Chengdu started working a 24-hour shift where they swapped the cubs out with mom during the cubs’ first months. Not enough can be said about how awesome they all are at their jobs. For a few months, we thought the girls were fellas. It turned out to be good news that they were in fact, little girls (females are more valuable for the species), although that meant we had to stop using their very silly nicknames – Jesus and Juan. 
I’ve always had a soft spot for Cub B. Maybe it’s because I am called “B” in my family, or because B seemed to be the one noted as “gregarious” or the “troublemaker” by her keepers. She also happened to be the cub that was photo-ready when I was called upon for photog duties. 

I was lucky enough to go back to the cubs’ den a few times to help with photography. Yes, I may have geeked out a bit. Today you’ll see my big head again on the birthday Hangout, where I will try to wrangle in my inherent dorkiness.
Happy birthday Mei Lun and Mei Huan!

The cubs turn 1 today, and it has been quite a year. Mei Huan, formerly known as Cub B, was born two minutes after her sister and was quite the surprise! You can see (and hear) us react to the birth in my office (the only other place at the Zoo where we have access to panda feed) http://archive.11alive.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2547545852001. Birth watch can sometimes be a very long day of work, and with the Ramones playing in the office, may have led to a new fun illustration.

From day one, Zoo veterinarians, keepers and our Chinese colleague from Chengdu started working a 24-hour shift where they swapped the cubs out with mom during the cubs’ first months. Not enough can be said about how awesome they all are at their jobs. For a few months, we thought the girls were fellas. It turned out to be good news that they were in fact, little girls (females are more valuable for the species), although that meant we had to stop using their very silly nicknames – Jesus and Juan. 
I’ve always had a soft spot for Cub B. Maybe it’s because I am called “B” in my family, or because B seemed to be the one noted as “gregarious” or the “troublemaker” by her keepers. She also happened to be the cub that was photo-ready when I was called upon for photog duties. 

I was lucky enough to go back to the cubs’ den a few times to help with photography. Yes, I may have geeked out a bit. Today you’ll see my big head again on the birthday Hangout, where I will try to wrangle in my inherent dorkiness.
Happy birthday Mei Lun and Mei Huan!

The cubs turn 1 today, and it has been quite a year. Mei Huan, formerly known as Cub B, was born two minutes after her sister and was quite the surprise! You can see (and hear) us react to the birth in my office (the only other place at the Zoo where we have access to panda feed) http://archive.11alive.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2547545852001. Birth watch can sometimes be a very long day of work, and with the Ramones playing in the office, may have led to a new fun illustration.

From day one, Zoo veterinarians, keepers and our Chinese colleague from Chengdu started working a 24-hour shift where they swapped the cubs out with mom during the cubs’ first months. Not enough can be said about how awesome they all are at their jobs. For a few months, we thought the girls were fellas. It turned out to be good news that they were in fact, little girls (females are more valuable for the species), although that meant we had to stop using their very silly nicknames – Jesus and Juan. 
I’ve always had a soft spot for Cub B. Maybe it’s because I am called “B” in my family, or because B seemed to be the one noted as “gregarious” or the “troublemaker” by her keepers. She also happened to be the cub that was photo-ready when I was called upon for photog duties. 

I was lucky enough to go back to the cubs’ den a few times to help with photography. Yes, I may have geeked out a bit. Today you’ll see my big head again on the birthday Hangout, where I will try to wrangle in my inherent dorkiness.
Happy birthday Mei Lun and Mei Huan!
The cubs turn 1 today, and it has been quite a year. Mei Huan, formerly known as Cub B, was born two minutes after her sister and was quite the surprise! You can see (and hear) us react to the birth in my office (the only other place at the Zoo where we have access to panda feed) http://archive.11alive.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2547545852001. Birth watch can sometimes be a very long day of work, and with the Ramones playing in the office, may have led to a new fun illustration.
From day one, Zoo veterinarians, keepers and our Chinese colleague from Chengdu started working a 24-hour shift where they swapped the cubs out with mom during the cubs’ first months. Not enough can be said about how awesome they all are at their jobs. For a few months, we thought the girls were fellas. It turned out to be good news that they were in fact, little girls (females are more valuable for the species), although that meant we had to stop using their very silly nicknames – Jesus and Juan.
 
I’ve always had a soft spot for Cub B. Maybe it’s because I am called “B” in my family, or because B seemed to be the one noted as “gregarious” or the “troublemaker” by her keepers. She also happened to be the cub that was photo-ready when I was called upon for photog duties. 
I was lucky enough to go back to the cubs’ den a few times to help with photography. Yes, I may have geeked out a bit. Today you’ll see my big head again on the birthday Hangout, where I will try to wrangle in my inherent dorkiness.

#tbt to those tough days when I had to scrub up for panda photography duty. Mei Huan wanted to eat my pants because I woke her up. The girls turn 1July 15!

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