Tattoos are sometimes a bodily expression of one thing that an individual is obsessed with. Nowhere is that extra evident than on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard! A lot of our workers members have art work on their our bodies that characterize the animals which have lived right here. Learn on to seek out out particulars concerning the tattoos that the CZBG Group is worked up to indicate off!
Andie Haugen, Cat Ambassador Group
Animal that your tattoo represents: Donni the cheetah
Who was your tattoo artist?: Dino Nemec in Columbus, Ohio
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: I’ve all the time had a really particular relationship with Donni and his larger-than-life character. He’s a really assured, charismatic, clever and affectionate cat and I knew if I used to be ever going to get a tattoo, I’d need it to be of him. I received the tattoo of him to have a good time how far I’ve come overcoming hardship in my life and conducting my goals. It’s a glance again on the place I’ve been and a look ahead to what my future holds.
Alicia Sampson, Cat Ambassador Group
Animal that your tattoo represents: Sihil the Ocelot
Who was your tattoo artist?: Randall Wagoner at Moonlight Studios in Champaign, Illinois
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: Sihil was one of many first cats that I fell in love with on the Cat Ambassador Program. She was a really candy cat to the people who she would belief however that wasn’t very many individuals. I all the time felt honored that she would belief me to have the ability to take her into a few of the loopy applications that we use to do. Somebody had captured this image of her years in the past and I all the time knew that’s what I needed to be tattooed, I simply wanted to seek out the best artist. I needed to have the ability to take an image of her with the tattoo however sadly she handed away about 1 month earlier than I may end the method.
Colleen Nissen, Cat Ambassador Group
Animal that your tattoo represents: Santos the Ocelot
The place did you get your tattoo/who was your artist?: I received my tattoo finished and retouched by Zach Good in Centerville, OH
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: Santos was an ocelot we hand raised, so I had an instantaneous bond with him. However Santos is a superb reminder of the work we do to be advocates for our animals. Alongside all the bodily requirements we offer for the animals in our care, we’re additionally liable for their psychological development, stimulation and well-being. Santos has been identified an anxiousness dysfunction, one thing him and I’ve in widespread. I’m proud to have labored collaboratively with my workforce and our Vet workers to give you the very best high quality of life for him and make changes for him to thrive and blossom.
Michelle Curley, Communications Director
Animal that your tattoo represents: Fiona
The place did you get your tattoo/who was your artist?: Northside, Dasha Gilliss
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: Getting a tattoo was by no means one thing I assumed I might do. However, after I was fortunate sufficient to assist look after Fiona throughout her early days, it simply appeared proper to place a everlasting reminder of that tremendous, life-changing expertise the place I may see it day by day. It’s truly on my again, however I do know it’s there if I wish to see it. The primary paragraph of this NYT article references my tattoo and the truth that my husband doesn’t prefer it!
Emily Myers, Cat Ambassador Group
Animal that your tattoo represents: Tommy T the Cheetah
The place did you get your tattoo/who was your artist?: Matt Clanin (He has a brand new shop- Love Bee Tattoo!)
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: Tom was the primary cheetah I actually linked with. He was additionally the primary cheetah I discovered to stroll and prepare as part of the Cat Ambassador Program! He’s such a candy boy, and I’ve been fortunate sufficient to develop a fantastic relationship with him over time. After I take into consideration all of the issues I really like about my job, he’s positively close to the highest of the record! I needed my first tattoo to be further particular, and nothing felt extra particular than getting Tom (and his signature “snaggle tooth”) tattooed on me endlessly 😊
Ashley O’Connell, Chicken Home (Previously of Wildlife Canyon!)
Animal that your tattoo represents: Six-banded armadillo, Dilbert, vampire bat from Night time Hunters, Western Lowland gorilla, Kwashi, Bactrian camel, Humphrey, takin, Harry, Sumatran rhino, Harapan, potto, Gabriel, Przewalski’s horse, Bajkit (her shoulder “star trek” marking is on Humphrey’s aspect)
The place did you get your tattoo/who was your artist?: Chris Powell; beforehand at Aisle 9 in Dayton OH, now Chris Powell Tattoos in Springfield, OH
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: It was an 8 yr thought. I needed to get a photorealism, black and grey tattoo of a few of my favourite animals I’ve labored with over my profession. The unique thought was so as to add on to the tattoo as I went by means of my profession however after 8 years and all my favorites I had up to now it ended up being an entire tattoo itself. I’ve labored in 4 completely different departments in my 12 ½ yr profession; Primate Heart and a aid keeper for what was then Nocturnal Home, Primate Heart keeper, Wildlife Canyon keeper, and now Chicken Home keeper. (A chook tattoo is in my future.) This tattoo not solely highlights my profession but additionally is a memorial for animals that I’ve cared for which have handed on, moved to completely different areas, or are in several departments than me right here on the Cincinnati Zoo.
Alicia Sampson, Cat Ambassador Group
Animal that your tattoo represents: Tommy T the Cheetah
Who was your tattoo artist?: Steve Kenny at Beelistic Tattoo
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: Tommy T was the primary child cheetah that I received to lift. He’s such a candy massive cheetah. In 2012 we received an opportunity to run all of our cheetahs for a shoot for Nationwide Geographic and Tommy T run that was the final one on the final day ended up being the very best photographs of the week. He ended up being the centerfold of the Nationwide Geographic journal. This image relies on the centerfold image. It was all the time a dream of mine to have the ability to work for Nationwide Geographic and right here I used to be working with them with considered one of my favourite animals. It was a dream come true.
Raven Cox and Lindsay Porter, Wild Encounters Group
Animal that your tattoo represents: Zoey the Giraffe
Who was your tattoo artist?: Damien Ridgeway at Hybrid Picture in Clifton
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: We received this tattoo collectively this yr! We completely love Zoey and her humorous floppy ear! We needed to get a zoo-related tattoo and as soon as we began working and doing the giraffe feedings, we knew that we wanted to get our icon, Zoey! This was Raven’s first tattoo!!
Shae Miller, Supervisor of Wild Encounters
Animal that your tattoo represents: Audra the Crimson Panda
Who was your tattoo artist?: Jessica Poole at Insurgent Insurgent Tattoo in Dayton
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: I used to be main purple panda excursions in 2019 and early 2020 earlier than the zoo closed for the COVID-19 pandemic when Audra was a child. I beloved her a lot and attending to see her was the very best a part of my day! At some point that winter, it snowed actually exhausting and Audra and her sister, Lenore, had a ton of enjoyable romping round within the snow whereas I used to be within the yard with them. It’s considered one of my most cherished reminiscences that I’ve made right here! She is considered one of my most favourite animals on the zoo and once we had been closed for the pandemic, I missed her a lot. To guard one another, and the animals, we divided into groups and we weren’t in a position to intermix. I spent the summer time with the Cheetah workforce which was superior however I didn’t get to go to with Audra. I received my Audra tattoo in the summertime of 2020 to have a good time our reopening and attending to see her once more!
Wendy Rice, Africa Group
Animal that your tattoo represents: John the African Lion
The place did you get your tattoo/who was your artist?: Designs by Dana, Dasha Gilliss
Why did you get a tattoo of this animal/what does this tattoo imply to you?: Working with John has supplied me with the most important challenges and essentially the most rewarding experiences of my zookeeping profession. Watching him develop and alter over the ten years he’s been at our zoo and seeing him become this superb assured cat when he began out so uncertain of himself has been lovely to witness and inspirational. I’ve beloved creating a relationship with him and with the ability to talk with him by means of coaching. Constructing belief has been so magical and is the whole lot I had hoped for after I turned a zoo keeper. I really like watching our friends be “wowed” by John. He’s magnificent and particular and likewise humorous and ridiculous in so some ways. I’ve really beloved being his keeper and cherish day by day that I’ve gotten to be part of his life. 😊 It’s a geometrical illustration of his nostril and it contains his whisker spots from his identification row (his high row) of whiskers. The identification row (compared with the second row, or the reference row) is fully distinctive to every lion identical to our finger prints. So that is John lion’s whisker sample of his identification row. I’ve additionally assigned every particular person whisker spot to a particular individual in my life… so every spot represents one of the vital significant individuals in my life form of orbiting round my coronary heart whereas additionally representing my favourite animal!