Please help us welcome our most recent addition to the Red Wolf Recovery Program, Kate! She is the red wolf caretaker intern from September through December 2013.
Kate grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and continues to reside there with her family when she’s not working remotely. Some of her favorite things to do are reading, horseback riding, hiking, and watching British television. She also love music and played clarinet in the marching band for six years. Kate graduated in 2012 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.Sc. degree in Biology. Since then, she has worked in different internship programs to gain experience and figure out what she wants to do next professionally. Her goal is to be involved in animal care and research of terrestrial carnivores such as wolves and big cats. Her main research interest is studying social communication within groups of animals. Kate has a wide range of research experience with various species, including sea turtles in North Carolina and Florida, and sulfur butterflies in the Colorado Rockies. She also studied abroad in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands two years ago and got to put her scuba certification to good use. Within North Carolina, she also spent a summer working at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and had the opportunity to overcome an intense fear of snakes. By the end, she was a convert and was handling the snakes regularly at the museum; however, she still maintains a healthy distance from them in the wild.
We’re lucky to have Kate as she enjoys the challenges of new experiences and is an incredibly dedicated worker. She also knows her way around the refuge already, she was a General Refuge intern at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge this past summer and explored and gained useful knowledge about the native wildlife. She looks forward to learning more about red wolves, gaining additional animal care experience, and assisting with the efforts of the Red Wolf Recovery Program.