Thanks and Happy Birthday, Tiel!

Thanks and Happy Birthday, Tiel!

Today, June 20, is the birthday of our most dedicated volunteer and one of my favorite people in the whole world; Tiel.  Tiel volunteers with us five days a week (and more than that if we have any special events), and shows up every morning with a smile and a hug or a high five.  The staff, volunteers, and interns were reminded multiple times over the last few weeks that today was a big birthday, so we were not surprised earlier this week when Tiel told us she knew what she wanted from us for a gift.  We were, however, surprised when she told us what her ideal gift was: she wanted to clean the downstairs level of the Playhouse (an area our chimps are particularly fond of, and therefore an area they make particularly messy) by herself without any help.  Today Tiel got her wish (along with a slew of cards, brownies, and cookies).  We thank you, Tiel, today and everyday, for your dedication to the animals and your ability to make us all laugh (Topo included!)

-Allie Morgan, caregiver

Tiel and I taking a break from cleaning

Tiel and I taking a break from cleaning