By Kyle Koehler
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Ingham County Services Board held open interviews for the Potter Park Zoo Board. Two applied for the position: Tyler Tulloch and Monica List.
Tulloch works for the state budget office in the military and veteran affairs department, as well as the department of state police. During the interview, Tulloch said that he wanted to serve on the Potter Park Zoo Board because it “provides residents the opportunity to experience biodiversity they wouldn’t otherwise see.”
Tulloch is also applying for the county’s Equal Opportunity Board and the Animal Control Advisory Committee. “My ultimate goal is to serve the community,” Tulloch said.
Tulloch said his favorite exhibit in the Potter Park Zoo was the reptile house because “those types of creatures fascinate me.”
Although List has not worked in a veterinary capacity for zoo animals, she did say that she has worked on larger felines.
List said she was interested in working for the Potter Park Zoo Board because “for a small zoo … I think the exhibits are well put together… they have enrichment opportunities that enrich the animals’ lives in captivity.”
List has worked with the zoo board before, and said she would be excited to continue to work with it.
List is also a frequent visitor to the zoo. “As a family, we visit five to six times a year,” she said, noting that her favorite part of the zoo is outreach activities like the “big zoo lesson,” where third graders in East Lansing go to the zoo for a full week in place of school.
“I think they’re very involved in the community,” List said.
Before any announcements can be made, County Commissioner and Chairperson of the County Services Committee Dianne Holman said that applications must be sent through the caucuses before appearing in front of the full County Board of Commissioners for a decisive vote.