Lions and tigers and
bears orangutans, oh my!
Something most agencies will be able to relate to is getting a little bit fixated on each client. Do you have lots of shoe stores on your client list? Your shoe cupboard starts bursting at the seams. Lots of dentists? Your teeth have never been so conscientiously taken care of.
When atomix started working with Zoos SA on updating their websites, we felt a familiar twinge… We wanted a day at the zoo. Reading about the work they do and looking at beautiful pictures of the animals just wasn’t enough. Something had to be done.
This year, as part of a thank you for lots of hard work, Josh shouted a large chunk of the team to one of the Adelaide Zoo’s Animal Experiences. Half of us went to learn about the lions and tigers, and half went to get up close and personal with our mascot Tommy’s relatives, the orangutans.
Getting there bright and early at 8:30am, we wandered around the zoo while the animals were still getting stuck into their breakfast. From all the calls and excitement, it sounded like they were having almost as good a morning as we were.
We spent the morning learning all about the Zoo’s work in conservation plus getting to know the gorgeous animals that they look after. We hand-fed the tiniest of tiny monkeys as well as the not-so-tiny tigers.
Going behind the scenes is an extra special experience. It’s hard to understand how distinct each animal’s personality is until you see them interacting and playing with their keepers.
Karta, one of the orangutans living at Adelaide Zoo, is about as intelligent as a 10-year-old child and possibly even cheekier. She was clever enough to use tools to sneak treats out of her keeper’s bag but preferred to blow raspberries at us. It’s not every Tuesday morning that you have a raspberry blowing battle with one of the world’s critically endangered animals.
We’d all like to thank the Zoo (and the boss!) for giving us the experience of a lifetime. If only every day could start with fresh air, animal calls, and exotic plant and wildlife.
And you’ll be pleased to know that not even one team member was eaten by a lion. A true success story.