Akron, here I come! Remember last year’s meeting? Click here to learn more about the SSP meeting. More news when I return.
I cannot wait to see their red wolf exhibit at the Grizzly Ridge Exhibit area.
Name these volunteers:
Yes, it is a back shot, so even the Keepers might have a hard time identifying the volunteers. I’ve only written about one of them before, so to be fair maybe you will only get one out of three correct (although I do have higher expectations for any Keepers reading this post). I took the picture initially to show of the great shirts we have for our committed department volunteers.
The front shot is below— don’t scroll down if you don’t want to see the faces of three of our wonderful volunteers just yet.
Thanks to these three and all our volunteers for helping us care for our critters especially during this hot summer weather.
The USFWS will be reviewing the Red Wolf Recovery program. Check out this link to learn more: http://publicradioeast.org/post/red-wolf-recovery-program-under-review. The Center for Biological Diversity has started a petition to urge the USFWS to continue the reintroduction program and keep the last 100 red wolves in the wild.
Please Click here to see and sign the petition.
It would be sad to lose red wolves in the wild of NC – the last place on the planet they roam free.
Last month, a 2-year-old Museum member who is a huge fan of Max donated some items and money to take care of our big bovine. She and her family thought it would be great to celebrate her birthday by spreading some love to Max. A big thanks from the animal department for the recent donations. A couple of cute Max photos to share with you all below.
Max used to be little
But not anymore
Christopher, our barred owl that resides on the Farmyard, was euthanized on Monday. Keepers found him about one month ago not eating and on the ground several days in a row. We brought him inside, checked him out and then sent him to the NCSU vet school. To be honest, I assumed he would not improve, but after multiple tests, treatments, and supportive care, he took a turn for the better and starting eating and perching. Unfortunately, that turn for the better didn’t last. Sadly, the difficult decision was made this past Monday. He will be missed by so many people!
My favorite blog post about him was talking about when I took him to a classroom. There is a great drawing of him (and me, looking skinny, with my hair down, tongue out, and purple Museum dress).
We’re skewed female in the department: Seven human females to two human males. In “zoo lingo” animal department staff sexes would be written as 2.7 (actually, to be technical, it would be 2.7.0. the first number is males, then next is females, and the last is unknown). Our volunteer team is skewed even more so: 5.19.0. The critters in the Farmyard and Explore the Wild are also skewed female. 9 of the 14 animals in the Farmyard are females and 8 of the 11 animals in Explore the Wild are females.
I’ll run the numbers for the indoor animals too: any guesses as to which way we skew there?
Autumn’s post about the bears and watermelon reminded me that watermelon season is upon us. (And by the way, welcome Autumn to joining our blog writing team!). We have so much fun with watermelons that we have a whole day at the Museum dedicated to celebrating watermelons- Watermelon Day 2014. Last year we had a great time and got about 40 watermelons donated on Watermelon Day. We take watermelon donations all summer- drop them off at the Admission Desk or at Gate # 1. 2011 was our best year yet as almost 200 watermelons were donated.
Of the over 1,100 posts we’ve published, some of my favorites have to do with watermelons:
and of course, Watermelon poop (take a look, it’s kind of cool… and not so gross)
Here’s what the pigs’ home used to look like:
In March, we tore down this old yard (an original from when the Farmyard was first built) and built a larger yard set back into the woods. Then in April and May, we worked on building a new barn for the pigs.
And now that it is done:
Come check the pigs out lounging or wandering in the mulch.
” A federal judge in North Carolina on Tuesday ordered a stop to coyote hunting near the world’s only wild population of endangered red wolves because the animals look so similar and are easily confused” . Read the full article here or at : http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/13/3858932/us-judge-blocks-coyote-hunting.html
About once, sometimes twice, each month we do special behind the scenes programs. These programs are really fun to do- spending extra time with some of the animals and some of our members is a special experience for everyone involved. A couple weeks ago at the bear behind the scenes program I challenged some adults to tattoo themselves and send me the photos. Thanks to Courtney (and Ro), below, for being my first takers. We had a fun night making enrichment for the bears and watching them work through the cardboard tubes stuffed with newspapers and food.
A few months ago on a behind the scenes tour to meet our indoor animals, learn about diet prep and veterinary care, I was in awe of this little girl who was amazed by our kitchen and what we feed our animals. She let me take her photo to share with you all.
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