As a way of giving our fans and followers a peek behind the scenes of the inner most workings of Tanganyika Wildlife Park, we have begun interviewing a zookeeper each month. This month, we will be meeting Theresa Wolfgang and asking for her perspective on being a keeper!
How long have you worked at Tanganyika? Almost a year. I’ve been here since November.
What animals do you care for? I’m a primate keeper! I take care of the red-tails and the DeBrazza’s monkeys and a few species that are off exhibit, like a few red ruffs, spot-nosed, and more DeBrazza’s monkeys.
Who is your favorite animal here? Eliza Thornberry. She is a baby DeBrazza’s monkey. She’s the first monkey I got to name!
If you could add an animal to Tanganyika’s line-up, what would it be? Bonobos. They’re like a chimpanzee. They’re a type of primate. It looks like a chimpanzee but they’re prettier, leaner and they love, not fight. So chimpanzees are more aggressive, these guys would be more affectionate.
If you weren’t a zookeeper what would you be? Well, I want to be a researcher in Africa. I’ve been to Africa and would like to go back. It’s a really cool place. My goal in life is to learn as much as I can about every species I can. So being a researcher would give me that chance.
What is your favorite Tanganyika memory? It’s more my favorite part, when people come on Lemur Island and they have little kids who watch the Wild Kratts. Which apparently is a show. I don’t know I’ve never seen it. When the kids are really pumped and excited about telling me fun facts about lemurs that they know. They talk about stink fighting in the show, then I’m about to show them how the lemurs stink fight, but with the actual animal.
Favorite meal served at the Pavilion Deli? The club. The one with the chipotle mayo sauce on it. The signature sandwich.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to become a zookeeper? When I was in second grade. I did a project on thecheetah. You had to read a little book about facts and then you had to make a poster. And I knew I wanted to work with animals and learn more about animals.
If you were an animal what kind of animal do you believe you would be? If I was an animal? A guenon. Because they’re crazy and very energetic. I mean a red-tailed guenon, to be more specific.
Thank you to Theresa for all the work she has put into the primates she cares for here at Tanganyika. We are glad to have her as part of our Tanganyika family!