HOW IT STARTED
The Drawing Zoo started in a studio apartment in Baltimore City with six lizards and snakes and has since grown to take over a beautiful house and acre lot in Reisterstown, MD with 15 different types of animals!
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While completing her BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art, Brittany rescued her first exotic animal. An iguana with third degree burns and a gangrenous infection in the tail. The animal needed round the clock attention and medicine that Brittany was just barely prepared for. So she began volunteering at Charm City Reptile Rescue where she learned how to properly care for many exotic pets. She took him everywhere, school, pizza places, trains, work where Kerri Litz was her manager. Her peers and local artists created gorgeous work of this social lizard. And Pierce the iguana turned into the inspiration for an amazing service- bringing rescue animals and artists together for fine art, scientific illustration, mindfulness, appreciation and so much more!
Kerri also graduated from MICA, with a BFA in General Fine Arts. She has eight years of managerial experience from working at MICA's book and art supply store. She has years of experience in animal handling and animal husbandry both personal and professional. Many of her rescued animals model here. She volunteered in “Ed-zoo-cation” and the Animal Embassy at the Maryland Zoo where enjoyed talking to visitors about the animals.
The animals belong to Kerri's and Brittany's loving homes and are not on permanent display. We are rescue oriented and take in unwanted pets. Most of the models are reptiles, invertebrates or amphibians. They are easy to transport, handle and care for in and out of the classroom. The animals who come to class are experienced, trustworthy and comfortable in a class setting.
Media Relations Manager- Jenny Mancha has experience as an editor, marketer and promoter. She applies these skills at the Maryland Health Connection full time, teaches at Charm City Yoga, and is a dedicated dog-mom. From hearing stories about classes, rescued animals and impact on the arts inspired Jenny to donate her spare time and media relation skills to The Drawing Zoo.
Our team is polite, punctual and open minded. A background in art and/or animal care is favored. See our intern blog here.
Animal Husbandry includes feeding, cleaning, bathing and enrichment of the animals.
Animal Assisting duties include traveling with the animals, keeping them comfortable in class and Q&A with students. The third aspect of the internship is building your portfolio!