Posts Tagged ‘alpaca wool’

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.

Naked Alpacas

April 23rd, 2013

We used to have naked sheep once a year- check out last year’s sheep shearing. The four of them lost about 21 pounds of wool. Much less than the 35 pounds the 4 sheep took off last year This is our first year shearing alpacas and today was the day. They no longer look like this:

 

Ray experiences her first complete shearing

Jonathan lays the alpacas down, straightens them out, and ties their legs. It goes pretty quickly and easily.

 

come look how skinny Emily is!

 We’ll get some video and more photos up in the near future, but do come by and check out the girls. I am sure the keepers will want to talk about hairdo options and more!

Join the conversation:

  1. Awww- Ray was so fluffy before! Now they all look like drenched crazy giraffe poodles.

    Posted by kelly
  2. What’s going to happen with the wool?

    Posted by Wendy
  3. Director Comment :

    We divided the wool into “good quality” and “bad quality”. We’ll use the latter for enrichment for other animals as well as educational programs. We’re not sure yet what we will do with the “good quality”. Sell, make things…

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  4. What’s the difference between good and bad quality wool?

    Posted by Wendy
  5. The good stuff is taken strictly from the body. The neck, legs and head isnt really good enough to use and its not as long as the hairs on the body

    Posted by Jill
  6. Sounds like a good fund raiser.

    Posted by Hans
  7. They are so skinny now. Imagine what our bears would look like if we shaved them!

    Posted by kimberly

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by , Keeper
I am most famous here in the animal department for "expanding" the barred owl exhibit, clogging the wolf pool, and splitting my pants. My other less notorious work, since 2003, includes keeping, purchasing our animal supplies, coordinating our volunteers, and managing our animal enrichment program.
Find me training the lemurs or in other various animal enclosures Monday through Friday, or at the grocery store on Wednesdays, when I shop for produce!

New Year’s Resolutions 2013

January 2nd, 2013

Hey there!  It’s former Animal Keeper Kristen, back on the blog to talk New Year’s Resolutions.  Well, I actually haven’t made time yet to reflect on the past year and set some goals for 2013  ( I’ve looked to the museum animals for inspiration in years past: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), so I suppose I’ll be working on that the next few days.  But I thought I’d throw out a little challenge for you– and for me.  I visit the museum at least weekly with my 20 month old,  and so I’d like you to leave a comment with one of your resolutions for the upcoming year, and over the next few weeks (months?) I’ll attempt to capture a photo of one of the museum animals “illustrating” that resolution!  Could be challenging, and I may need to enlist some Keeper help!

Oh, I do know one goal I’d like to meet in the New Year:  learn how to knit.  It’s something that’s been on my list for a few years– in fact, I always meant to get former keeper Cassidy to give me a lesson before she moved away, but never got around to it.   I think it’d be fun to make Libby a little toddler sweater.

perhaps a sweater made from alpaca wool??

Anyway, hope you all have a Happy New Year, and I’m looking forward to hear your aspirations for 2013!

Join the conversation:

  1. Eat more chocolate! (Probably bad for wolves, but is there for any animal (besides people) any benefits to chocolate consumption?

    Posted by Wendy
  2. Director Comment :

    I’ve been thinking about gratitude

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  3. Renewing my museum membership which is a couple months overdue. (The sheep would have said I’m so baaad!)
    Then I plan on getting exercise while looking at the animal exhibits. sailboats, etc etc. Read that the museum animals have also gotten exercise on Loblolly Trail.

    Posted by dj

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