What We're Thankful For

Each year as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we ask our staff members to share what they’re thankful for.

Published November 19, 2018

From our animal rescue staff to our guest engagement team, Aquarium employees share the inspirational reasons they’re thankful to come to work every day.

What we are thankful for

“I’m thankful to live in such a beautiful city and work in such an amazing and inspiring facility. I love walking through the Inner Harbor each morning and, if I’m lucky, catching the sunrise reflecting against the Australia exhibit. I get to work with extraordinary people who are passionate about animal care, welfare, education and conservation, and I get to work with animals that keep me on my toes and teach me something new every day.” – Liz Evans, Animal Programs

“I am thankful for so many things about my position as rehabilitation manager at the National Aquarium. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with federally protected marine mammals, and to personally contribute to the conservation of several species of endangered sea turtles. I am thankful to be working with a team of dedicated professionals here at the Aquarium and in cooperation with the Greater Atlantic Region Stranding Network to respond to stranding events and provide rehabilitation patients with the best care possible so they can hopefully be returned to their natural environment. I am thankful for the opportunity to mentor staff, interns and volunteers who will hopefully become the next generation of conservationists in the field, and I am thankful to come to work every day to do a job that I love!” – Kate Shaffer, Animal Rescue

“I am thankful every day for being given the opportunity to work at the National Aquarium. I love working to inspire—and being inspired by—every guest I talk to each day. Seeing the amazement in a kid when they see a shark, or watching an adult touch a Madagascar hissing cockroach for the first time, makes it so easy for me to work toward the Aquarium’s mission of inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.” – Kelly Nash, Guest Engagement

“I am thankful to work with some of the most misunderstood animals on the planet: reptiles! I am thankful to connect with guests and relate experiences that help them understand the importance of conservation locally and globally.” – Aaron Klugh, Australia: Wild Extremes and Upland Tropical Rain Forest Exhibits

“I’m grateful to work with such dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable people. Whether it’s related to animal welfare, conservation or anything in between, I love learning something new from our staff and volunteers daily—and I know our guests do, as well!” – Gabi Dillon, Organizational Development

From our family—scaled, finned, furry and feathered—to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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