By Mary Penna/ECHO Ever wonder about the animal care that goes on behind the scenes at ECHO? I have. This morning I was able to follow En...

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By Mary Penna/ECHO

Ever wonder about the animal care that goes on behind the scenes at ECHO? I have. This morning I was able to follow Environment Exhibit Specialist, Jenn Dean, to learn about the preparation that goes into maintaining the animals and their health before opening.

One of Jenn Dean's... stranger... tasks at ECHO - diving to clean a tank. Photo: Jessie Forand/ECHO

Each day there is a different schedule for what needs to be cared for. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays amphibians and reptiles are fed, while one Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays all fish are fed. Though there are individual projects for each day, there are also tasks that need to be done daily before opening and after close. Before opening, amphibians and snakes need to be removed and their bowls need to be cleaned and the Champlain sea star tank, the sculpin tank, and all fish food leftovers are vacuumed. It is also very important to keep up to date with checking and ordering necessary supplies. For closing, every day all sculpin fish, shiner fish, and eels are fed, all cricket containers are cleaned, all dart, peeper, and young tomato frogs that are hungry are fed, and the neonate soft-shell turtles are cleaned and fed.

When I was following Jenn today, it was clear that a vital part of her job is cleaning and observing. In order to keep every animal in good health, all tanks need to be perfectly clean. However, animals are very much like people in the sense that they each have their own personalities. Each animal has its own mannerisms that make it easy to distinguish whether it is content or not feeling well. Observing and understanding each animal’s behavior is essential in order to understand what it may need based on how it is acting, since it is unable to voice its needs through words.

Check in for more animal care information soon!


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