How do I become ... a panda keeper at the zoo
Halibutboy Flatfish stashed this in Science
Excellent career advice from a panda keeper at the Edinburgh Zoo. Turns out it's not all fun caring for giant pandas!
It's not just a job. It's an adventure!
Seriously, though, only the bravest and best can handle pandas.
Plus, you NEVER get a break from the pandas:
When Edinburgh zoo's giant panda, Tian Tian, was thought to be expecting a cub, Michael Livingstone's job took over his whole life. A keeper for carnivores and giant pandas at the zoo, he was part of a core group of five who closely monitored the pandas' behaviour. "We were watching them for seven weeks, 24 hours a day. It was a lot of work. When you get to the breeding season, and then watching for her to potentially give birth, everything else goes on hold," says Livingstone. "That is all you can think about – you don't really have a life apart from pandas. Even outside work, with family friends, people are always asking how they are getting on."
tl;dr : Keeping pandas is like starting a company. It's all consuming!