In 2008, Noller began volunteering at the
"I scoop pooped, cleaned stalls, cleaned pools, scrubbed bird poop, cut dead branches," Noller said. "I could sit down and write a hundred things of what I have done around the zoo."
Noller, 20, is a junior majoring in biology and business at
He currently is working in the African Veldt part of the zoo, tending to elephants and rhinos.
"My favorite animals are the elephants," he said. "I love having this opportunity of getting to work with Stephanie and Cinda."
The zoo's two South African bush elephants have been at the zoo since the fall of 1972. Stephanie is 7,247 pounds and is 223 inches from the tip of her trunk to the bottom of her tail. Cinda weighs 7,946 pounds and is 225 inches long.
"They are the stars of the zoo and getting to work with them every day is a dream come true," Noller said.
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