Whoot! The Rio Grande Zoo finally returned my calls today. Gee, it's only been 2 months since I submitted my application to do fursuiting. I think nobody knew what the hell to do with me. They finally gave me the number for their person that handles performance stuff. We just talked, and he said the best opportunity will be in October for their big Halloween party. HE sounded excited, but he told me that the zoo management is very gun shy about new things. They would probably want to see me perform first before they gave anything on a regular basis a green light. So Oct 25 will be my chance to shine. He said they want to stay "on-message" about animals and don't want to Disney-fy the park. I brought up the point that they have concerts there every Friday in Summer. How are bluegrass concerts related to anmials?!? (O.K. Some animals eat grass. I get it.) He agreed. He sounded pretty frustrated with the management. Budget cutbacks have also hit their staffing hard, so their volunteer coordination program is pretty stretched. At least I have a gig!