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I'm extremely excited to be working at the Museum since October 2010. My favorite part of this job- besides working with the animals- is listening to all of the Keeper stories, I hear a new one each day. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, belly dancing, and vegan cooking.
I work Sunday through Thursday. I can be found mostly behind the scenes or training the Ring Tail Lemurs.

Farewell

September 30th, 2013

After 3 years of fun here I’m happy, sad, nervous, anxious, and excited to say farewell to the Animal Department.

I’m going from this–

Lemur Physicals 2013

 

To This-

My nephew Kellan

 

Okay,  I’m not watching the cutie above but I will be watching two little girls in Chapel Hill. We will be frequent visitors here at the Museum, which means I don’t have to say goodbye to anyone.

 

And I’ll still be training but instead of this-

Lemur Training

 

I’ll be training this-

Savanna

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  1. Best of Luck Kimberly! Be sure to come and visit us.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Bug Bites

September 6th, 2013

Kimberly has probably had the worst summer of all the keepers in regards to be attacked, eaten, rashed, and down right knocked out for the count from all the bug bites she’s gotten. I missed the photo op to get good photos of her bites (also probably insensitive of me to say “hold still, I need to get a photo for the blog” as her legs were swelling). I was tempted to set this up as a quiz and have you ID the keeper’s thumb and arm/leg, however since I don’t remember exactly who had which bite it seems unfair.

Okay, this last one is a scratch, but Kent had no bug bites to show me.

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by , Keeper
I'm extremely excited to be working at the Museum since October 2010. My favorite part of this job- besides working with the animals- is listening to all of the Keeper stories, I hear a new one each day. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, belly dancing, and vegan cooking.
I work Sunday through Thursday. I can be found mostly behind the scenes or training the Ring Tail Lemurs.

Spider Identification

September 2nd, 2013

One of my favorite aspects of working in Explore the Wild is the wildlife, whether it be foxes, ground hogs, raccoons, snakes or spiders. I found this spider recently and was quite sure it was a crab spider so I checked with Leon from the Butterfly house, who is an expert. He said it was a Running Crab Spider, they are in the Thomisidae family. They can actually be green, orange, and yellow in color, he also mentioned that they are very quick!

 

A few days later while showing Ranger Greg some interesting growth on a tree near Lemurs, I asked him what the above spider was. It resembles my favorite spider- the Green Lynx. But this one is actually a Orchid Orb Weaver.

 

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

QuikPic: The Rabbits Are Shedding

July 30th, 2013

I had more bunny fur on me than Jean!

 

All the fur! And they’re not even close to finished shedding. (And yes, that’s Franklin the Tortoise in the background, he gets exercise time in the farmyard once in a while)

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  1. that’s crazy!

    Posted by sherry
  2. My corgis do that.

    Posted by Wendy

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by , Keeper
I'm extremely excited to be working at the Museum since October 2010. My favorite part of this job- besides working with the animals- is listening to all of the Keeper stories, I hear a new one each day. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, belly dancing, and vegan cooking.
I work Sunday through Thursday. I can be found mostly behind the scenes or training the Ring Tail Lemurs.

Zookeeper Appreciation Week

July 24th, 2013

 

Thanks to Sherry, Aaron, Katy, Kent, Marilyn, Jill, Sarah and Jessi for all your hard work and dedication.

Zookeepers have an amazingly rewarding job that can also be physically demanding and once a year we all deserve a little pat on the back!

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Raptor Center Road Trip & a Quiz!

July 22nd, 2013

Kimberly and I recently took a road trip out to the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, NC to pick up our two new owls. The trip out was uneventful (unlike the ride home) and we got to walk around the facility before crating up our birds for the van ride home.  Here are photos of few of the residents at the Raptor Center. How many raptors can you ID?

#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

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  1. I thought at first that #1 was a Black-shouldered Kite (part of the wing looks very dark) and I can’t see the tail which would by white in black-shouldered. Also, B-s Kite is a southwest bird, which I thought would eliminate it, but I see you have two more SW species below.
    From what I can see of bird #1, I’m going to have to go with Mississippi Kite based on the lores and foot color, and I think I can see a tiny bit of a dark tail…
    Bird #2 is Peregrine Falcon.
    Bird #3, Crested Caracara.
    Bird #4, Harris’ Hawk.
    Bird #5, Barn Owl.

    Posted by Ranger Greg
  2. Keeper Comment :

    You’ve got them all, Greg!

    Posted by Sarah Van de Berg

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by , Keeper
I'm extremely excited to be working at the Museum since October 2010. My favorite part of this job- besides working with the animals- is listening to all of the Keeper stories, I hear a new one each day. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, belly dancing, and vegan cooking.
I work Sunday through Thursday. I can be found mostly behind the scenes or training the Ring Tail Lemurs.

Bear Enrichment

July 8th, 2013

Here’s a few pictures of Keeper Marilyn making some fun bear enrichment.

Popcorn

and Raisins

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Grape Bonding

July 4th, 2013

 

Last week grapes were on sale,  it’s summer, very hot, and Aaron has a credit card.

 

lots and lots and lots of grapes

Aaron bought well over 100 pounds of grapes. We freeze them and use them as frozen treats for the animals. This batch should last us over 3 months.

the keepers pulling grapes from the stems so they can be frozen individually.

It takes quite a bit of time to pull grapes off them stems. I only slightly jest that I have never seen the keepers work so well together!  What a bonus.

Kent’s head, Sarah, Kimberly, Jessi, and Jill.

I wonder how long everyone’s hands will be stained?

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Doodling

June 24th, 2013

As you know, I cannot draw. Last week’s Museum’s bi-weekly operations meeting was longer than usual. This is a meeting of staff across all the different departments at the Museum to discuss issues or events that might affect Museum operations. I started to doodle. This is what my doodle looked like:

My random doodle… it seemed to be “circles” today.

 

I was sitting next to Wendy. This is what her doodle looked like:

Wendy’s doodle.

 

Here’s the photo of the folks she was doodling (Sorry Darcy, you missed the photo op)

Mike K, Uli, and Mike W

 

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  1. Your doodling is very molecular, Sherry – surely the doodle of a true scientist!

    Posted by Wendy
  2. Keeper Comment :

    I think a Thursday animal dept meeting should have a doodle by Wendy

    Posted by Jill Brown

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

What’s on Aaron’s leg?

June 14th, 2013

It’s been a busy week in the bear yard. Last Friday we were dealing with fence damage from the storm. On Wednesday bear pools were cleaned, the yard was scooped, mowing and weed-eating occurred, and trees were pruned from around fences.

Aaron showed me his leg first thing Thursday morning, and of course I decided to show you. Thougths?

What did Aaron walk into in the bear yard?

 

Even the Duck wants to know

 

 

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  1. Chiggars. Ooo.

    Posted by Wendy
  2. Razor burn

    Posted by Jill
  3. Poison Ivy

    Posted by Sarah

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