February meeting of TWOQC – what’s new at the zoo?

Jed Dodds and friend at the Reid Park Zoo

Jed Dodds and friend at the Reid Park Zoo

Diane Quinn

The February 29 meeting of The Women of Quail Creek will present an exciting preamble for the club’s upcoming field trip to the Reid Park Zoo. Jed Dodds, Education Coordinator of the Zoo, will present What’s New at the Zoo, highlighting recent zoo activities and upcoming events. He will also help members understand why it is important for zoos to exist and the critical role that zoos play in conservation, education and research.

Jed Dodds is a born and raised Tucsonan who spent most of his childhood surrounded by animals. After working at a veterinary clinic for 10 years and graduating from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in Veterinary Science, he pursued his dream of working with wild animals at the Reid Park Zoo. In the 11 years Jed has worked at the zoo he has been a Zoo Keeper and a Zoo Ambassador for the Education Department. He enjoys teaching people how to be better stewards to the environment through the eyes of animal ambassadors. Conservation work in Africa and over 21 years of working with animals has given Jed a wealth of knowledge that he passionately shares with all around him.

Last time Jed visited The Women of Quail Creek he brought some live animal friends and he has promised to do so again. While he has not shared exactly what to expect, all those attending his talk are sure to enjoy this unusual opportunity.

This general meeting of TWOQC will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Madera Ballroom. The meeting is open to all TWOQC members and guests. Ladies interested in the organization who have not previously attended a TWOQC function are also invited to attend. Members that have not yet renewed dues for 2016 should be aware that the roster has been revised as of January 30 to include only paid members.

Prior to the meeting, tickets will be sold for the March 28 field trip to the Reid Park Zoo. Tickets for the trip are $40 per person for TWOQC members and include transportation, zoo entrance, a behind-the-scenes tour and lunch. If space is available, guests and nonmembers may purchase tickets for $45 beginning that day.

Additional information about the club and its activities may be found on TWOQC’s website at womenqc.com or by contacting Carol Mutter at [email protected] or 907-440-2082 or Diane Quinn at [email protected], 520-591-7935.