Upon arrival, Nikolai excitedly hopped out of the limo dressed in his zookeeper attire complete with a safari hat. He told the crowd of people there to welcome him, “I’m here for my wish! I am going to be a zookeeper!
Nikolai’s adventure started with a scavenger hunt, which led him to different animal exhibits all around the zoo. Moving quickly from the sea lions to the orangutans to the hippos, his final clue took him to the giraffe exhibit where zookeepers were awaiting his arrival. Nikolai rolled out a big yellow wheelbarrow complete with shovels and rakes to get the area ready for the giraffes to be let out in the morning. Once he was done, he went back inside where the two 17 foot tall giraffes were waiting for their breakfast. They bent down and ate carrots out of Nikolai’s hand, and he let them out of the gates to roam their freshly cleaned home.
The next animals that needed Zookeeper Nikolai’s help were the elephants! Nikolai entered the elephant exhibit, cleaning up shrubs and re-stocking the elephant’s food. He helped give the pygmy elephant Chendra a bath and watched her do all different kinds of tricks. During his duties he exclaimed, “Can you believe I am actually washing an elephant? Look how good I’m doing!”
Nikolai ended his day by walking around the zoo and looking at all the different animals; lastly he became a train conductor on the zoo train, weaving its way through Washington Park.
When Nikolai first chose his wish, he said “I chose this wish because if a cheetah twisted his ankle I would fix it. If an elephant was stuck in the mud I would push it out of the mud.” At the end of the day, Nikolai was proud of his hard work helping out his new animal friends.