EMILY MCCORMACK

Occupation: ANIMAL CURATOR AT TURPENTINE CREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE

OSWEGO, NEW YORK

Emily McCormack has a heart of gold and an optimistic spirit to find the best in each day put in front of her. When she is not too busy saving animals, she enjoys kayaking and fishing the White River with her two pooches, Eli and Olivia, who are (of course) also rescues.

EMILY MCCORMACK

Occupation: ANIMAL CURATOR AT TURPENTINE CREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE

OSWEGO, NEW YORK

Emily McCormack has a heart of gold and an optimistic spirit to find the best in each day put in front of her. When she is not too busy saving animals, she enjoys kayaking and fishing the White River with her two pooches, Eli and Olivia, who are (of course) also rescues.

FIRST BIG BREAK:

Earning an internship opportunity at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) directly after obtaining my bachelor’s degree, then becoming the sanctuary’s animal curator. It was a dream come true because I’d always known that I wanted to work with tigers!

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

As a child, I had always dreamed of working with tigers, and the post-university opportunity to do that with TCWR was surreal. But after learning about the harmful nature of the exotic animal trade, it became — and continues to be — my goal to help save the big cats from neglect and abuse.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I’m most proud of having a hand in designing and constructing the natural habitats we’ve built that give our residents the freedom and life they deserve, and of being part of an amazing sanctuary that provides the best life possible for animals in need.

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB:

It is absolutely heartbreaking to see such majestic creatures fearful because of abuse. So the most rewarding part of my job is rescuing animals in need and providing them with a safe, caring environment that allows them to trust again.

PERSON YOU MOST ADMIRE:

I admire my mother — my best friend. She sacrificed a lot to take care of my two sisters and me when we were young, and she continues to support my goals. She encourages me to think of others before myself, which is what actually motivated me to become a strong voice for animals in need.

FIRST BIG BREAK:

Earning an internship opportunity at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) directly after obtaining my bachelor’s degree, then becoming the sanctuary’s animal curator. It was a dream come true because I’d always known that I wanted to work with tigers!

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

As a child, I had always dreamed of working with tigers, and the post-university opportunity to do that with TCWR was surreal. But after learning about the harmful nature of the exotic animal trade, it became — and continues to be — my goal to help save the big cats from neglect and abuse.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I’m most proud of having a hand in designing and constructing the natural habitats we’ve built that give our residents the freedom and life they deserve, and of being part of an amazing sanctuary that provides the best life possible for animals in need.

FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB:

It is absolutely heartbreaking to see such majestic creatures fearful because of abuse. So the most rewarding part of my job is rescuing animals in need and providing them with a safe, caring environment that allows them to trust again.

PERSON YOU MOST ADMIRE:

I admire my mother — my best friend. She sacrificed a lot to take care of my two sisters and me when we were young, and she continues to support my goals. She encourages me to think of others before myself, which is what actually motivated me to become a strong voice for animals in need.

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