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Peggy Sexton

Can you imagine taking care of 21 different speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. of animals? That's what Peggy Sexton does! She has worked at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for 34 years, and as a mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young. keeperAn employee in a zoo who takes care of the animals., now supervises 10 other keepers who care for all those speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. of animals. If you have been to the Safari Park's Nairobi Village and watched the animals there, then you have seen some of the critters under Peggy's care.

 

Do you have a favorite animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs.? Peggy really likes gorillas.

 

"I've known Alberta the gorilla her whole life, since I helped raise her from a baby, 30 years ago," Peggy says. "Alberta's a good mom who has had three babies and adopted and raised another one."

 

Peggy reports that Alberta can be naughty with other keepers, but "she's really good with me."

 

Caring for animals can be messy, too, and sometimes you don't know when!

"I was bottle-feeding a baby Persian gazelle in our AnimalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. Care Center. This antelope had diarrhea, so once I was finished, I was proud because my coveralls were still all clean. And then I put my hand in my pocket--and the pocket was full of poop!"