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Mothering Wildlife

Elizabeth Johnson

Telling the stories of moms who work in zoo, wildlife, vet, and conservation organizations.  Working with wildlife brings a unique set of challenges for working mothers.  Join me weekly as I interview moms working primarily in the zoo field as we discuss their journey as moms, navigating the mental, emotional, and often physical challenges that come with caring for wildlife and caring for kids.

Episodes
Working Your Dream Job but Feeling Like You’re Needed at Home with Kristen Beedle, former primate zookeeperApril 11, 2024
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Kids Will Work for Chocolate Chips with Sarah Kirkman of the Columbus Zoo and AquariumApril 04, 2024
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Penguins, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Comparison with Lindsay Ireland of the Detroit ZooMarch 27, 2024
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Zoo Podcasters Unite! with Jon Rossi from the Rossifari Podcast, and Chris Jenkins from the NEI TEC Talk PodcastMarch 21, 2024
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Kids as a Catalyst for Change and Finding a Family First Culture in a Facility with Courtney Janney of the Memphis ZooMarch 14, 2024
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Just Don't Drop the Glass Balls with Dr. Lizzy Arnett-Chinn from Cheyenne Mountain ZooMarch 07, 2024
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An IVF Journey as a Zookeeper with Former Zookeeper Tarah CarpenterFebruary 29, 2024
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The Mixed Bag of Emotions During Maternity Leave with Alyson Proveaux of the Riverbanks Zoo & GardenFebruary 22, 2024
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Still at the Zoo! But Doing Something Different with Carolyn Kelly from the St. Louis ZooFebruary 15, 2024
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A New Baby AND a New Role! with Kendra Bottini of the Riverbanks Zoo & GardenFebruary 08, 2024
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Doing What's Best for You with Allison Malkowski of the Dakota ZooFebruary 01, 2024
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Advocating for Your Child and Parenting the Best Way for Your Family with Adrienne John of Turtle Bay Exploration ParkJanuary 25, 2024
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You’re Not Alone! Motherhood Transforms Everything - Your Body, Your Brain, Your Life with Kristy Edelen of the Georgia AquariumJanuary 18, 2024
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Moms as Managers, Normalizing Support in the Workplace with Nikki Smith, Columbus Zoo and AquariumJanuary 11, 2024
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Transitioning in Your Career Can Be So Hard But Also So Worth It with Carey Richard, former Curator of Marine MammalsJanuary 04, 2024
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Creating the Next Generation of Conservationists with Jenny Curtis of edZOOcationDecember 14, 2023
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Moms and Mental Health Support with Hannah Fullmer and Shannon McKinney of GRAZE, Growing Resiliency for Aquarium and Zoo EmployeesDecember 07, 2023
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From Mothering Your Children to “Momming” Your Coworkers, You Can’t Turn Motherhood Off with Alecia Benware of the North Carolina ZooNovember 30, 2023
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From Zoo Vet Tech to "Tech Teaching" Her Kids with Molly Waller, former Zoo Veterinary TechnicianNovember 23, 2023
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Mothering from 50 Miles Offshore is a Whale of a Good Time with Naturalist Julie TaylorNovember 16, 2023
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Doing It All, Taking It Day by Day, and Remembering It All Will Go On Without You with Katie Gries of Ochsner Park ZooNovember 09, 2023
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The Science of Behavior Change Translates to Motherhood with Arianna Bailey of Natural Encounters, Inc. (NEI)November 02, 2023
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Moms Helping Moms Across Species - How One (Human) Mom's Tea Became an (Ape) Mom's Treasure with Cindy Cossaboon of the Denver ZooOctober 26, 2023
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We’ll Make it Through; Leaning on Your Team and Others for Support During Tough Times with Traci Cameron of SEA LIFE Kansas CityOctober 19, 2023
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Pumping in the Wild (Like on a Swamp Buggy and Boat!), and Choosing Change with Ashlee O'Connor of Defenders of WildlifeOctober 12, 2023
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