Spotlight: Sarah Van de Berg

This is Sarah. She’s been a keeper with us since July 2010. You’re going to learn more about her soon as she will start writing posts, although you can view her amazing writing skills by clicking here.


Sarah is a Northerner and moved down here from Connecticut to work at the Museum. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Rhode Island in Wildlife Conservation Biology. She worked at science museums and sanctuaries in New England, taking care of many of the same animals she cares for here, and doing TONS of programs with kids. If you have a chance to attend a program Sarah leads please do so-she’s like a walking encyclopedia of animal facts.

She has recently began working with our manned hawk and owl. It’s no surprise that she took to it so quickly. She’s comfortable not only handling the birds but also managing the crowds and sharing a wealth of information.








My favorite random tidbits about Sarah are that she coached crew (although I am sure she will correct me on my terminology) and that she’s a phenomenal cello player (I’ve seen her and former keeper Erin Brown play a couple times together).

Probably her favorite thing to do is spend time with Lightning, our donkey. Sarah is a phenomenal trainer and has worked hard with Lightning. I think her stubbornness matches Lightning’s well.

2 responses to Spotlight: Sarah Van de Berg

  1. jillb says:

    I think her stubbornness matches Lightning’s well.

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