”Destiny graduated this spring with a degree in Zoology from Mars Hill University in North Carolina. When the opportunity to live and work at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center came along, she knew it was a once in a lifetime chance to work with the wildlife that has fascinated her since childhood.
“I love Alaska, it is amazing. My favorite thing about the Wildlife Center is how we truly strive to educate the public, because they are the individuals that will help make a difference for species in Alaska’s environment.”
Although Destiny works with all animals on campus, she has become particularly close with the adult Sitka Black Tail Deer. The adult deer have advanced significantly in their training, and their potential on campus continues to grow.
“Working with the Sitka black tail deer was my first time participating in training sessions, and it is incredibly rewarding to see how quickly they learn and catch on to their training goals.” According to Destiny, these training sessions include preparing for future vet checks, allowing for future hoof trimming, and introducing harnesses for enrichment walks in the future.
“The deer might seem ordinary, but when you work with them up close and personal, you get a sense of their individual personalities and how intelligent they are. Being able to work with them is a once in a lifetime experience.”
If you wish to see Destiny and Solo in action, check out our free animal programs or register for a behind the scenes tour. Stay tuned for more intern spotlights!
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center:
Mile 79 Seward Highway
Portage, Alaska 99587
P.O. Box 949
Girdwood, AK 99587