They Bought A Zoo

Imagine waking up to the sound of a lion’s roar, and walking outside to feed some water buffalo, or play with a baby sloth. For Suzy (left) and Betsy (right) de Ridder, that’s what every day looks like! When their family bought a zoo a few years ago, it was like a dream come true. Though both Suzy and Betsy quickly learned that owning a zoo is tougher than it looks, they are having a blast learning from their animals and caring for God’s creatures as a family.

A Day in the Life of a Young Zookeeper

Morning: We work hard on school online.

Noon: We help feed the animals.

Afternoon: We run the Giftshop, unpacking and pricing stuffed animals, t-shirts, and toys.

Evening: We hang out with the family and the zoo animals!

Something for Everyone

Everyone in our family has a job to do at the zoo!

Dad: Makes repairs and works with the dangerous animals

Mom: Designs signs and makes everything at the zoo look pretty

David (brother): Feeds and cleans the animals’ habitats

Suzy: Runs the Giftshop and cares for the animals

Betsy: Runs the Giftshop and cares for the animals



Read more about and see more pictures of Betsy, Suzy, and their zoo friends in your November issue of SHINE brightly!

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