15-year-old Liam is passionate about animals and regularly visits the zoo.
Rocky Bay therapist Esther Dourado noticed that Peel Zoo provide the opportunity for children to become a Junior Zookeeper for the day. Immediately thinking of Liam, Esther mentioned The Wishing Tree to Liam’s Mum, Jo-Anne and sought permission to submit a wish on their behalf. The wish was granted and the Zookeeper experience was set for January 2016. Liam beamed with pride when he was given a t-shirt and hat that read ‘Peel Zookeeper for the Day’.
His jobs included cutting up food and feeding the animals, helping to clean cages, refill water bowls and observe the animals. Liam got up-close with koalas, quolls, quokkas, possums, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and bengal cats and even participated in the Tasmanian Devil show. He fed live insects to lizards, hand fed native birds, played with red foxes and bottle fed orphaned red kangaroos.
Liam’s Mum Jo-Anne, thanked Rocky Bay for the experience saying “Liam absolutely loved being a Zookeeper, it was a such a special and unforgettable day.”