I can vividly recall everything from that day. I remember the smell of the animals, how they interacted and played together. I remember how excited I was when the zoologist chose me to feed one of the birds. I remember being enchanted by the animals and the wonder that consumed me. That day was one of the most important days of my life. Its the day that I first realized my fascination with animals and there well being.
What I experienced that day at the aquariums influenced me throughout my whole educational and professional career. I went on to become an environmental scientist an even made a scientific breakthrough in 2009 when I discovered some of the last few tiny shrews that were previously determined extinct. With this discovery, my team and uncovered why this species almost went extinct and restabilized their population.
Now, through my job as a scientist, I have the unique ability to educate other scientists and inspire the future. I have had the opportunity to speak at national forums and present in classrooms about my finding and how we can continue to protect other species. If it wasn't for my visit to that zoo, and my encounters with those animals, I would have never been inspired by to do the work that I do today.