August 10, 2012
Alumna of the Month: Sara Travis '08

Sara Travis is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Lees-McRae in 2008 with a major in Wildlife Rehabilitation and a minor in Psychology. She is currently working at the Palm Beach Zoo, in Palm Beach, Florida as an animal trainer.

"I would describe my experience at Lees-McRae as mind opening, inspirational, and an adventure!" said Sara. "The environmental attitude of everyone there is wonderful and it really made me want to be a steward for our planet."

Sara chose Lees-McRae College for the Wildlife Rehabilitation program because it sounded like an interesting and, possibly, rewarding line of work. She always knew she was interested in working with animals, but before choosing Lees-McRae, she wasn't sure what field to go into.

The required wildlife rehabilitation educational programs afforded Sara the opportunity to start working as an educator at the Palm Beach Zoo, of which she later moved into the animal training department. "Through the guidance of Dr. Skeate, Nina Fischesser, and Dr. Pyatte, I learned so much, not just about animals, but also how people affect habitats" said Sara.

"I am so grateful to Lees-McRae for the friendships that were formed, but also for the experiences that made me the person I am today."

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