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.
Jessi and I go into the bear yard once a week (typically on Tuesdays) to scoop poop, scoop up any uneaten food and pick up old enrichment. Once we are done with that we scatter all their food for the day and we try to add an extra treat. A few weeks ago, we took in several jars of peanut butter and smeared it all over rocks, trees and anything else we could. I decided to smear some on the top of one of the dead falls. Mimi accepted my challenge and climbed up on it to get her delicious treat!
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.
Elaina, one of our newest keepers, has been learning the daily routine of Explore the Wild. The daily routine is summed up as checking on animals, feeding, cleaning and enriching. At the end of the day, we have stuff that needs to get put away such as the bowls for lemurs. Elaina decided that she would carry everything that we needed put away at the same time to save time.
Enthusiasm is a great trait to have as a keeper and this picture displays this well. But, if you are not careful you may get too much to carry and results may vary…
The small container, with the light blue lid, is dangerously teetering off the edge of our recycle container. This small container is filled with wolf food. Elaina tried to get everything put away at once and ALMOST dropped the wolf food. Luck was on her side. I think even she thought it was going to fall.
All of the keepers have had their share of items that we have accidentally dropped but I don’t think any of us have been this lucky.
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
You’re probably wondering why am I writing about a shrimp. I wonder sometimes about the content of my blogs too, but this one interested me personally. I have started a saltwater tank at home and have been doing research and came across this little crustacean that I thought was very interesting.
Not only can these critters be striking to look at, but they are some powerful beings. Many people keep them in special built tanks because they are so powerful!This creature kicks butt and takes names.
What makes them so powerful? The power of their strike not only allows them to disable their next meal or threat, but it can actually break the aquarium or even your fingers! The claw is faster than a .22 caliber bullet, it hits so fast it boils the water and produces a shock wave! These things are so awesome that scientists are studying the structure of its battle ram to improve on body armor made for people.
Here is a little info graphic I found with those facts and more.
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).