Honoree: Rhiann Ogata
Honored by: OC Parks
Cause Area: Animals & Environment
Rhiann Ogata’s contributions to the Orange County Zoo exceed expectations on a regular basis; not only does she go “above and beyond” in her overall daily time commitment, but she continuously seeks constructive opportunities. Whether assisting a keeper with project day activities, or taking the lead on public interactions, Rhiann is always looking for a way to develop her experience, and to assist the zoo.
For over 3 years, Rhiann continuously contributes a contagious positive energy to not only the staff, but most importantly, our guests. Regardless if asked to rake up the petting zoo yard, or to represent the zoo by bringing animal artifacts to guests, Rhiann will always have the same smile and optimistic attitude. In fact, her enthusiasm and dedication are exemplified through her hard work.
Rhiann has a sincere passion for the animal science field and it shines through on a regular basis. Even if faced with the daunting tasks of helping a keeper bring an animal ambassador to a group of 20 small, yelling, slightly overly excited children, Rhiann’s excitement is still clearly apparent. Her genuine belief that what we do at Orange County Zoo can make a difference in our world today, is a constant breath of fresh air everyone is happy to bask in.
Staff members regularly fight over who will get Rhiann as their daily assistant. She would be greatly missed not only because of her amazing work ethic but her easy going and happy personality would be missed even more.