zo o log i cal #AtoZchallenge

Warning – there’s a pic. of a large spider on me so please leave now if you’re an arachnophobic.

I am zoological.  What can I say, it’s my very being.  I was born, bred, learnt and grew zoologically speaking.  My parents worked in a Zoo and I was passionate about species conservation when few knew what the words nature conservation meant.  I’ve always cared about the natural world, particularly animals, though I am becoming a bit more botanical as I grow.

There are times when I’ve hidden, I think, from my past, particularly when surrounded by people who do not have a similar background or understanding of what the zoo world is like.  After doing Zoology at University my Dad asked if I was going to get a proper job when I was working nights in a works social club and doing nature conservation volunteering during the day.  I wrote to a few zoos asking about jobs to show willing and was shocked when London called my bluff and offered me a job as zoo keeper.  That’s how I remember it.

I’m sure they must have interviewed me and I would have had references..  That’s what set me off on my wonderful life and has led me to Peterborough.. hmm… My choices(ish) at ever turn.  Whilst I live on my own, I have wonderful friends and family, a great job (comments here my own..) and amazing memories.

Now, in my fifties, I look back over my zoological life with pleasure and want to compliment all those who helped make this life of mine.

Not forgetting those new friends who encouraged me to blog and those who helped and supported me while I prepared for and participated in this AtoZ Challenge.  It’s been my first (may be my last) and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.

To all of you, whatever differences we may have had,

what ups and downs we may have shared.

The wonderful memories shine out.

It’s my life.

Zoological through and through,

I wouldn’t change one moment of it.

See,

I knew I should have done A is for aardvark..

I knew one once.

zo o log i cal

‘1. of animals and animal life.  2. having to do with zoology.’

Your final chance to see ‘live’ blog specimens on the AtoZchallenge.