I just finished a two-week volunteer job at our zoo (Zoo Basel, in Switzerland). In short, I'd like to say the reality of the job is VERY VERY different from my fantasies about it. I learned that there is a huge amount of frustration involved in reconciling the administration's vs the animal keepers' opinions on the husbandry of the animals. (Not just at this zoo.) And a lot of what I've learned on the internet and here on the forum didn't agree with either of them!! Having said all that, I'm glad I did it. My boss, Wolfgang, was/is fantastic and I enjoyed working with him and learning from him. It was a great opportunity for me to deal with a lot of herps I'd never personally think of owning. Here are some pics: Veiled Chameleon. This one was thirsty and as I was misting the screen top enclosure, she climbed up and was lapping up the drops. Here's a tiny baby Egg-eating snake: A six-month old Brazilian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria cenchria) All the babies were having bad sheds and needed some soaking and help. (Husbandry problems) They're beautiful, though, and now I'm really impatient for Talyn's babies. Here's a Leaf Insect. (The first step in getting over my insect phobia was to move these guys to a new terrarium) They were kind of cool. I've got more pics if you want them.