Widemindedness: Courtney & Jeff Harwell
"I definitely wish that more people in the zoo field were more wideminded about how best to provide care for animals in captivity."
Husband and wife team, Jeff Harwell and Courtney Palmer, are zookeepers, who specialise in getting up close and personal with the animals with whom they work. They work at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona, which is the most free-contact facility in the world. Jeff is the departmental manager of the core group of animals, which consists of large carnivores. He can be found on most afternoons jumping into pools with adult tigers. Courtney is manager of the ungulate department, overseeing giraffes and zebras at the park amongst other hooved animals! Jeff describes himself as a conservative, Republican, Texan, Christian hunter. Courtney describes herself as a liberal, Democratic, Pennsylvanian, vegetarian agnostic.
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