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A Passion Fueled By Fire


Working at a nonprofit animal sanctuary as a carnivore keeper tends to be an adventure every day. The opportunity to be innovative and creative when it comes to solving problems presents itself quite often. September 8, 2020, was no exception. After large wind storms, the night before, another keeper and I went into work expecting to repair the damage done to enclosures, get the power in our barn back on, and care for all the animals. While preparing diets, we received an unexpected phone call telling us that a wildfire was rapidly spreading, and we needed to begin evacuating the facility immediately. The smoke became more prominent over the property as we began moving animals to a different location as quickly as possible. The bright red skies made everything feel so eerie and dangerous. I'll never forget the look in the tigers' eyes while we waited for their transport crates to be ready. the fear I saw within them was heartbreaking.

October 30, 2020
Taylor Benincosa, Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary- Carnivore Keeper 
and Weber State University class of 2018, Zoology Graduate

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Faculty in the Weber State University Earth and Environmental Sciences department (EES) made virtual field trips of the Discovery Loop Trail for students and community members to learn from and enjoy. 

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