Ashley Flint, 27, director of the Fox Valley Wildlife Center in Elburn, was at the center's wild baby shower when she answered 14 questions for the Kane County Chronicle's Al Lagattolla.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Braidwood, 20 miles south of Joliet.
Who would play you in the movie of your life? Kate Hudson.
What was your first job? My first job was at Chuck E. Cheese's when I was 16.
What did you do there? I was a cashier. I was Chuck E. once. It wasn't a good experience.
Why wasn't it a good experience? You're not allowed to talk. So all the kids just want to ask you why you're not talking. I enjoy talking to kids.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Originally, I wanted to be a zookeeper, which I'm kind of doing.
What other jobs have you had? Growing up, I worked at kennels. I've worked at four different vet hospitals. I worked at Brookfield Zoo as a primate keeper. And I worked at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, and now I'm here.
Do you have a movie or a book you would recommend? I would say the "Twilight" series.
What is your favorite charity? It's definitely the Fox Valley Wildlife Center.
What are your hobbies? I do camping, hiking and rescuing animals, obviously.
What is your favorite local restaurant? Bien Trucha in Geneva.
What's the hardest part about a job like this? The animals don't always make it. We do deal with a lot of death.
What's the best part? The best part is releasing them back out in the wild, especially when you see them come in and they're very injured. And then you get them back out there. That's what it's about.
What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I bake cakes. I'm a decorator. It's just a hobby.