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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum for many years now. I spend most of my time behind-the-scenes in the Vet room. You might catch me out and about with one of our many veterinarians checking on the animals.
When I'm not hanging out with one of our vets I'm usually in the Vet room running a fecal looking for intestinal parasites! If I'm not up to my elbows in poo you'll find me at the computer updating the health records of our animals or preparing for Vet Rounds.

Annual AAZK Rummage Sale

May 19th, 2014

It’s that time of year again for the annual AAZK Rummage Sale. The sale will be held on Saturday May 24, 2014 from 7am until noon at the NC Museum of Life and Science Picnic Dome at 433 Murray Ave, Durham NC 27704.

2014 AAZK

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Henry looking cute!

All proceeds benefit the NC Piedmont chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. “The mission of The American Association of Zoo Keepers is to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession, foster effective communication beneficial to animal care, support deserving conservation projects, and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life.”

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Gus stretching!

If you would like to donate any items for the sale please come to the NC Museum of Life and Science Picnic Dome on Friday May 23 from 5pm to 7pm to drop off items.

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Rocky preparing for Halloween!

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Miss Piggy Painting!

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I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

AAZK Conference for 2013

October 13th, 2013

Last year I was lucky enough to be able to attend the American Association of Zookeepers conference.

This year, a lot of us keepers were very lucky to be able to attend because it was held in North CarolinaKeeper Sarah and I were also lucky, because we were selected to present a paper this year. The topic was on enrichment and focused on inexpensive or free options. Even though I was presenting, it was said that Sarah was much more nervous then I, but all went well.

Special thanks goes out to Wendy for helping us with our professional looking power point! Luckily, Sherry signed me up for a course in this years conference that taught a lot about power point presentations and I think I finally have a good grasp of it.

 

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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

Wolf Awareness Week, October 13th-19th of 2013

October 10th, 2013

As in years passed, the museum is gearing up for Wolf Awareness Week. At 2pm starting October 13th,there is a Keeper talk located at wolf overlook all week long.

This year, our local  chapter of the  AAZK will be at wolf overlook on Saturday and Sunday to help guests make enrichment for our own red wolves.

Those days are Sunday, the 13th of October 1pm-4pm and Saturday the 19th of October 12pm-3pm.

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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.

Rummage Sale is tomorrow!!

May 3rd, 2013

Come join Zookeepers and Volunteers from The Museum of Life and Science, Carolina Tiger Rescue, and Duke lemur Center for their annual Rummage Sale.

From 7 a.m. to noon under the picnic dome at the Museum of Life and Science

Great prices on a huge variety of stuff! And all proceeds benefit our local Piedmont AAZK.

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  1. hope it was successful!

    Posted by sherry

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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

Return from AAZK conference

November 4th, 2012

I have recently returned from the 2012 AAZK conference held in Syracuse, N.Y.

It was held at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and I was really impressed with the conference. My day started at about 7am and lasted till about 5pm. All day I was in classes, lectures and one of the days we got to go to the zoo. The conference offered several workshops or classes that I signed up for  and paper presentations between.

Some of these included Raptor Equipment Making class where I got to make supplies that we use for our own raptors and Emergency Preparedness. The geeky side of me loved the paper presentations where keepers would present a subject and give us their findings. Some of the titles were: Fecal Firming in a Female Chimpanzee,Managing a Giraffe with Skin Allergies,Preparing Your Sea Lion for Surgery. I know what you’re thinking,we don’t have chimps, sea lions or giraffes, but the techniques and problems that they had could be applied to all different animals.

I met with keepers from all over the world and got to brag, share ideas and gripe with people who have the same occupation I have.It was comforting to know that everyone had the same experiences I had at work.

On the day we toured the zoo I got to pet an elephant, watch an Andean Condor being trained, see some new snow leopard cubs, learn about reindeer diseases and some behind the scenes tours.

All in all it was an awesome experience and I was so glad I got to go.

 

 

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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.

Baking for the animals

May 6th, 2012

As Keeper Jill mentioned we had our annual AAZK Rummage Sale on May 5th. This year I baked dog treats to sell.

Homemade Dog Treats

 They were dog tested and approved. Below is the receipe from

“The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook”

~~~Veggie Treats~~~

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/4 cup finely diced celery

1/4 finely chopped broccoli

1/4 cup finely diced red or yellow bell pepper (no seeds)

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water

(I altered this a bit- I used whole wheat flour, diced the carrots, and added extra celery and broccoli instead of using bell peppers- just to use what I already had at home)

  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all the ingredients well. Using your hands, knead the dough for a few minutes
  3. Form the dough into a ball and drop it onto a floured breadboard (I used the counter). Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Use a 3 inch cookie cutter (I used the mouth part of a small jar) to cut the dough into shapes. Place the cookies on greased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown
  6. Remove from oven, let cool, store in airtight container- or from crisper treats, turn oven off and return treats on cookie sheet to oven. Leave them in the cooling oven for several hours or overnight to harden.

 

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  1. Hi Kimberly!

    It was great meeting you yesterday at the Wolf Overlook and finding out all those cool things about the Red Wolf Rehab program. I’m definitely going to follow this blog more often.

    As a side note, I was reading your post about homemade dog treats and was a little alarmed that GARLIC is included. I’ve worked as a certified vet tech for many years and have seen garlic poisonings in dogs a few times, which wasn’t pretty. So I ask that you educate yourself about this possibility when garlic is used in recipes and I’d recommend not giving garlic and onion. Please read the link I provided from the ASPCA.

    Again, thanks for all the great info yesterday and keep up the awesome work with the carnivores!

    Posted by Laura Tweed
  2. Keeper Comment :

    Laura
    It was great to meet you as well. The receipe only called for 1 tsp, for over 80 treats, a very small amount. But thank you for the information and I look forward to talking to you again soon.

    Posted by Kimberly Lawson

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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.
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AAZK Rummage Sale Tomorrow

May 4th, 2012

So,before you attend the Magic Wings Festival you need to head across the street under the picnic dome and do a little browsing. Ok, not just browsing but buying items from our AAZK Rummage Sale.

Write in your phone and set your reminder for tomorrow

Saturday,May 5th

Museum of Life and Science Picnic Dome

7am-11am

 

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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

AAZK Annual Rummage Sale

April 28th, 2012

Its about that time again where our AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers) is having a rummage sale. This year it will be held on May 5th, RAIN OR SHINE from 7am to 11am under the picnic dome here at the museum.

Our mission is to promote the continued development of animal caregivers and the welfare of animals through encouraging excellence in husbandry, supporting continuing education and collaboration between professionals, and promoting conservation through fundraising and stewardship.

So, come on out and help support our local chapter!

 

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  1. I have things to donate for you to sell, where can I bring them?

    Posted by Sarah

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by , Keeper
Hiya! I'm Mikey. That's all you get. :)
I work Tuesday through Saturday and you can usually find me training the bears, mucking with the reptiles and saying bad words in Italian to the aquatic filter systems.
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The Need for Speed… and Rhinos…

July 25th, 2011

Okay Sports fans, here it is.  Another great opportunity to come out and support your local most favoritest Zookeepers and have a blast at the same time.  Up and coming on the 29th of July keepers from the Museum, as well as Carolina Tiger Rescue and the Duke Lemur Center will be having a fundraiser to benefit Bowling for Rhinos a great organization that raises money every year to help save Rhinos and their habitats.  What kind of fundraiser, you ask?  Could it be bowling?  No!  Could it be selling Rhino Scout cookies? No!  This year, your local AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers) has slightly modified it into Racing for Rhinos!  That’s right my speed racing friends!  We’re going Go-Karting to raise money.  Oh the fun!

racing for rhinos flier – Click the link for a look at our snazzy flier!

Come and save cute baby rhinos!

We’ll be going to Rush Hour Karting on July 29th.  For every race that they sell between 7pm – 9 pm, half of the proceeds will be donated to your local chapter of the AAZK which we will then be donating to help save wild Rhinos.  It’s going to be a great night of fun, food and Racing!  Did I mention, the Karts go really fast?  Cause they do!  :)

The address of Rush Hour Karting is 5335 Raynor Rd, Garner, NC 27529.  For more info, click here and it will take you to the Events section of our AAZK webpage.  Hope to see you there!  It’s going to be a blast!  Bring yourself, or some friends, (or a calzone for me) but come down and have a great time with us.  And save some Rhinos!  :)

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by , Keeper
Hiya! I'm Mikey. That's all you get. :)
I work Tuesday through Saturday and you can usually find me training the bears, mucking with the reptiles and saying bad words in Italian to the aquatic filter systems.

Fun with Zookeepers!

May 9th, 2011

Remember everyone!  This upcoming weekend is the 3rd annual local chapter of AAZK’s (American Association of Zookeepers) Rummage Sale being held right here at the museum!  Sunday morning May 15th, from 7am to 12 pm under the picnic dome there will be a wide array of donated goods for sale.  Everything from clothes and books, to furniture and appliances and everything in between!  All to benefit your local friendly and lovable zookeepers.  :)

Our local AAZK chapter includes the Durham Museum of Life and Science, the Duke Lemur Center and the Carolina Tiger Rescue.  All proceeds go to our continued involvement in the zoological community.  Including making donations to worthwhile institutions around the world, conducting workshops to better learn about and care for the animals in our care and anything else we can do to make a beneficial impact in the zoo community.

So come on out and spend some quality time with some wonderful & fun people, contribute to a worthwhile cause and at the very least talk some shop about cool animal stuff.  We know stuff from Lemurs to Lions to Leatherbacks, (and bunches in between) so bring it on!  :)  More info can be found on our AAZK website calendar – www.ncpiedmontaazk.org See you soon!

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  1. Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last several posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your tremendous writings. Past several posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

    Posted by akasse

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