July 29, 2019 – “I’m from Mobile, Alabama, and came here specifically for the Zoo Animal Technology program. I graduated in 2014 from a small college with an art degree and after a while in the field figured out it wasn’t exactly my path. I wanted to be outside and doing something to make the world a better place.
The murals are another talking point and another connection for people to nature. People are weird, we spend a lot of time looking at screens. Sometimes we might walk through an area and not even realize what we’re getting to see, unless it’s presented in a different way. The murals help reinforce the nature that we’re already surrounded with.
I know what I want is important, but it’s really hard to avoid feeling fatigued about it. Nearly 300k species are in a very critical point with their population. There’s no time to spare. How do you connect people to these animals from other countries if they don’t see them and experience them? With everything going on with climate change and habitat loss, this is sort of our little ground zero to fight for the animals.”