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Turning a Passion into a Profession

by Amelia Kimberlin, ENC Communications Intern

Newport Harbor High School student Lucy Nitz is delighted to be the newest Animal Care Intern at the Environmental Nature Center! She first learned about the ENC as a kid through her attendance on field trips to the Center, later becoming a Leader in Training when she entered high school.

“I loved working with the kids in an environment that was all-loving and fully educational, as well as incorporating arts and hands-on experiences to make sure everyone was always having fun. I knew I wanted to come back this summer, but my eyes were on the animal care internships more than anything.”

Lucy is excited to gain valuable experience during her internship that will help her on her way to her dream career, the preservation of animals and advancement of their rights.

“I have always loved animals, from the tiniest of bugs (that includes spiders) to blue whales. I would usually save up my money doing chores every week to buy massive animal encyclopedias. I was addicted to soaking up as much information as I possibly could about any and all animals. Later, films and documentaries like Black Fish would teach me the importance of freedom and the issues facing animal rights today, which is why I got into animal rights activism and turned into a vegetarian (I’m still working on becoming a vegan).”

Lucy’s responsibilities as Animal Care Intern include the feeding and care of animals such as snakes, bunnies, and even a bearded dragon! She is very excited to be involved in the care of these animals and to be a staff member of the ENC after so many years as a participant and volunteer.

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