April is National Frog Month!
Zoe is celebrating
Have you ever wondered if animals dream? There’s no doubt in my mind they do and a while ago MIT did research and found out that animals do indeed dream. Here is the article.
Often I wonder what our animals could be dreaming of. Below is a guess of mine:
*NOTE* This blog was scheduled for the 28th of January, but it kept getting moved!!! Pretend its January 28th.
What does this animal blog have to do with Jackson Pollock? For starters, its his birthday today and for those of you who have never heard of him, he is well known for “drip” style painting.
Personally, I am not much of a fan of abstract art. I tend to like the more traditional Baroque style like Rembrandt.
Then I was reminded that we have some famous artists in our midst around the department who are the more abstract art type and would appreciate Pollocks birthday.
I have to say I would rather have a Franklin adorn my walls at home than a Pollock.
Being an Animal Keeper requires you to carry certain items with you throughout the day. One of these is a large key ring full of keys. Every once in awhile you will stumble upon a set of keys that have lost their owner. When this happens usually the Keeper who found the keys will relocate them to make it even more difficult for the owner of the keys to find them. This is exactly what happened when a certain Keeper (who shall remain nameless) found a set of unattended intern keys.
The limerick quiz is here, if you want to read it before seeing the answer below
Our knives, of course!!
We keep our knives safely tucked away in pockets or our backpacks, but they come in quite handy for routine things like cutting open a bag of chow or cutting bale strings off hay.
It has been cold lately and that means that the Ring-tailed lemurs have been inside in their indoor holding area. Since they are inside, we want to make sure that they are getting enriched. A recent enrichment item that we have used for the lemurs is skewering dried fruit on pumpkins or like in the following pictures on paper towel tubes.
Sherry’s Christmas 2013 post got me thinking (or rhyming?). It’s been a while since I wrote a poem!
On that note, a limerick quiz to get you thinking:
Our tools are eclectic and many
but one keepers love more than any.
A little different are all;
some large and some small.
This is one tool we have in plenty.
It’s a bit of a tough guess, but give it a try!
Our bear exhibit is large and it can be difficult to spot a bear in normal weather but when it is cold it can be very difficult. So, where are the bears when it is very cold?
(Below) Yona in her hay bed on top of the cliff, in the background you can see the bear house where another bear likes to spend her time.
(Below) Va in her hay bed on the cliff but it is on the opposite side of the cliff so that she is away from Yona.
(Below) Sweet Mimi in her stall o’ hay. She can be rather difficult to get up in the mornings to go outside.
(Below) Gus has claimed the cave as his own. In this pic, it is difficult to see him and on most days all you see is either one of his big ears or his rump.
You never know what you will see when you hang out in the Animal Department.