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Cool Kid zoo volunteer aims for photography

April 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
This week's Cool Kid has found a way to use two of his favorite things to help others. He is impressing the grownups around him and making a lasting impression.

As a volunteer with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), Bryan Berganza has a clearly defined goal when he meets visitors to our zoo.

"Sharing the truth and education with the patrons and other people, and letting them know more than just what they see," says Bryan.

Bryan loves to share his knowledge with everyone, but he sees something special when he is talking to kids.

"Their reactions to everything, you tell them about Billy's trunk, that it's flexible and they try to be with their noses and it's really cute and interesting to watch the kids try to move their nose," says Bryan.

To be a volunteer, a student must go through extensive training. Bryan impressed his instructors with his dedication.

"To be able to get through that class says something about the student. You learn a lot in that class, and he was able to take all of that and share it with the public. He has a good head on his shoulders," said Kirin Daugharty, manager of volunteer services at GLAZA.

Combining his love for animals and photography, Bryan has plans to work for National Geographic Magazine.

"I want to show the animal's life. I want to show people how the animals live day to day. I want to make a photo journal of animals so people can know the truth about many animals," said Bryan.

Bryan loves making visits to the zoo both memorable and a learning experience. That makes him our Cool Kid.