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Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team
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The lions take a walk, Wednesday morning at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. - photo by photo by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is still looking for one more zookeeper. Meanwhile, she is excited about the experience and qualifications of new employees Liz Clark and Kate Beyersdorf.
“Both have college education and internships in the field,” Hamlin said. “Both have worked with big cats.”
A zookeeper at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is part of the Public Lands Department. Here’s to the city’s job description:
“This position will be responsible for the daily care, feeding, observation and documentation of the animals in the zoo. Will perform daily routine duties such as feeding and watering zoo animals, animal enrichment, cage and exhibit cleaning, preparation of animal diets, etc. Will also assist with animal medical treatments. Will perform general grounds maintenance such as mowing and trimming, along with the development and maintenance of proper animal housing and habitat. Requires a high school diploma or equivalent and at least one year of animal care in a zoological park setting. An associate degree in zookeeping, biology, zoology or closely related field will be preferable. Applications should be submitted to the Human Resource Director at the City of Great Bend at 1209 Williams, P.O. Box 1168, Great Bend, KS 67530. Position will remain open until filled. EOE.”

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While the reptile exhibit is being done, several snakes have been moved to the Education Building. Some of them will remain in that building.
Expect more changes in the Education Building in the coming weeks. There are several large aquariums and they are due for some upgrades. Zookeeper Ashly Burdick is in charge of that project.