Kim started at Helping Hands in 2014 as an intern during her undergraduate studies at Boston University. She enjoyed her internship and continued on as a volunteer.
Anyone who either owns or works with animals can tell you animals need constant care. Every shift the Animal Husbandry volunteers are required to complete daily husbandry tasks such as feeding, cleaning enclosures, laundry, dishes, and providing scheduled enrichment activities for the capuchins. Her job is not without fun! Kim remarks, “What excites me the most about working with Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers is experiencing the different personalities the monkeys' exhibit. Some are immediately thrilled and flirt once I enter their rooms, others wait until I approach their enclosures and start jumping around in excitement. Knowing that I get to take care of animals has always kept me returning to our organization every year.”
There is one monkey in particular that makes Kim’s day. Sampson can be mischievous like a child. Once he has his hands on something he’s not supposed to its game over! He's also a love bug. He starts flirting with excitement and sometimes squeals if that's the first time he sees her that day.
His favorite enrichment activity is the foraging mat. The husbandry staff will scatter small bits of walnuts over a piece of artificial turf. Then the fun begins! The monkeys will spend hours foraging for delicous bites of walnut. If Kim removes the mat, Sampson starts to look for missing pieces of walnut in her hand. Thankfully, Sampson is an easily distracted monkey. If no walnuts are found, he forgets and starts grooming her hand.
Kim attests, “Sampson is one of the most animated monkeys I've had the pleasure of working with and sometimes just makes my day so much better!”
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