When Hilda Tresz was 17, she walked into the office of the director of the Budapest Zoo and demanded a job.
Laughing, she recalls, “I was a young, ignorant child who doesn't know that [you’re] not just supposed to march into the director’s office and tell him things.” Things like, “Make me a zookeeper.”
Tresz kept at it for a year — and finally, he agreed.
“I think he just did that to shut me up,” she says.
So the day after she graduated from high school, Tresz started work at the zoo.