As a way of giving our fans and followers a peek behind the scenes look at the inner most workings of Tanganyika Wildlife Park we interview a zookeeper each month. This month, we will be meeting Jon Staton and talking to him about his experience being a Tanganyika zookeeper.
How long have you worked at Tanganyika? I’ve been here for two years… and six months.
What animals do you care for? I am the reptile, the petting zoo, and occasionally the old barn keeper. I also do camel rides.
Who is your favorite animal here? I actually would say Luna our albino alligator.
If you could add an animal to Tanganyika’s line up what would you add? Wolves. I want any kind of canine.
If you weren’t a zoo keeper what would you be? I’d probably try to go farther into herpetology. I always wanted to be one of those guys who actually goes around the world studying snakes and lizards in their natural habitat.
What is your favorite Tanganyika memory? My favorite memory was the first time I ever caught Luna to move her to a different stall for the winter.
What is your favorite Tanganyika event? Pumpkins at the Park! I get to dress up and I’m usually I’m the one in taking pictures with the big snake and that’s always fun.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to become a zoo keeper? I’ve always wanted to be working with animals ever since I was a little kid. Being a zookeeper, I always viewed as an important stepping stone in my life.
Which animal are you most like? I’d say the goats. I think I’m like the goats actually. They are always up to something it seems. When I’m in there they are always trying to get the food out of my hands or they go running through the piles of stuff I’m trying to clean up. They are good at making some kind of trouble and that just reminds me of me.
Thank you to Jon for all the work and care you has put into the animals you care for here at Tanganyika. It was great to sit down with you and learn what makes you passionate about your job and what your dreams are for the future!