I love animals. How do I pursue my interest without joining the kids in the petting zoo?
June 25, 2012 3:25 PM Subscribe
Like most kids, I loved animals growing up. Unlike most kids, though, I never grew out of it! My passion has remained with me into my 30s. I still squat down on the sidewalk to watch an interesting bug walk by and stare at the ubiquitous squirrels outside. I want to know everything about all kinds of animals, interact with as many as possible and observe them in all environments.
posted by dede to Pets & Animals (33 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
My career is not animal-related, so my interest is not being satisfied there. Whenever I come across an animal-related activity or event, it's always geared toward ages 10 and younger (and, yes, I have attended some of these activities anyway, but as you can guess, they are very superficial and don't actually share that much info. Plus I'm getting bruises from elbowing the six-year-olds out of the way when we battle to see who gets to pet the lizard first. Just kidding). And even when I go to zoos or aquariums, everything in general is geared towards kids. Are there any "adult" ways to pursue an interest in animals besides becoming a zookeeper or a docent? I'd like to make this a real hobby I spend time on where I can learn, learn, learn (hopefully in a hands-on way).
If it matters, I live in a huge U.S. city so I can't quite raise animals on my own or have easy access to rural activities.