Posts Tagged ‘Duke Lemur Center’

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.

QuikPost: Duke Lemur Center

January 20th, 2013

Check out the Duke Lemur Center’s blog featuring a documentary called Madagascar, Lemurs, and Spies which focuses on silky sifaka and learn a little more about habitat destruction.

Join the conversation:

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

If you have an account on any of the Museum's blogs, you can sign in with the same login to contribute to the discussion.

If you don't have an account, signing up is free and easy.

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.

One week later: Cassandra the ring-tailed lemur

July 21st, 2010

It’s Wednesday morning and I am heading out to the Red Wolf  SSP meeting (I’ll write about this next week, but click here to learn about last year’s  RWSSP masterplan meeting).

Literally,  just one week ago, the keepers found Cassandra, our 16 year old ring-tailed lemur, in respiratory distress. Dr. Vanderford responded quickly and we decided to quickly head to the Duke Lemur Center. Things were so bad I didn’t even think of taking any photos. As always, the folks at DLC were amazing, and after a brush with death,  Dr. Cathy Williams pulled 100 ml of fluid out of Cassandra’s  chest which helped her breath more easily. We woke her up and brought her back to the Museum to be on critical care watch.  Below you can see her in a warming box with oxygen being pumped in to help her.

.

Cassandra being kept warm and on Oxygen

Keepers watched her close throughout the afternoon and early evening and I spent the night with her, making sure she was ok and that her oxygen tank didn’t need changing.  Her breathing was holding steady which was great news. We were able to set up an Ultrasound appointment for her. We knew her condition was not caused by trauma, so we assumed there was some sort of chronic issue/disease with her heart.  We arrived at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary Friday afternoon for Cassandra’s ultrasound appointment.

Cassandra getting an ultrasound of her heart and other organs.

Dr.  Cindy Godshalk, a veterinarian who specializes in ultrasound,  met us there and looked at Casandra’s heart and other organs. Dr. Godshalk pulled another 15 ml of fluid, but found no problems with any of Cassandra’s organs.  What a relief, but leaves us baffled as to what caused the issues.

Cassandra warming up after anesthesia

Dr. Vanderford and Suvi, the veterinary technician who helped monitor Cassandra during anesthesia, began to warm her up with this really neat blanket that blows hot air inside. It was about 7:00 Friday night when we returned to the Museum, so we kept Cassandra in her box overnight. She was hungry and ate right away.

Hungry after not eating all day!

Since Cassandra was still doing well, we decided to continue some of her medications and to move her back to the lemur exhibit with the others.  She walked into the exhibit without an issue. In fact, if  it weren’t for her shaved belly, you might not have a clue anything were of concern . (Cassandra is sitting below on a new climbing structure. Jill took some video of the lemurs climbing on it and I am sure she will post that soon).

Cassandra's shaved belly.

I watched her for about 90 minutes. There was nothing eventful that happened (except a squirrel coming and stealing some lemur chow).

back home with the other ring-tailed lemurs

So,  after a long,  stressful, scary,  and amazing week, we are watching and monitoring and we’ll schedule Cassandra for future tests to see what we can learn. We are unsure what the future holds, but it is looking way better than it was a week ago this time!

Today, July 21, is half way through National Keeper Appreciation Week.  On this day in particular, the Keepers have my gratitude and appreciation for the amazing work they not only during difficult times, but also on the day-to-day, not-so-glorious, work-in-100 degree- heat, pouring down rain days. If you see a Keeper this week, please show your thanks- Cassandra is alive because the keepers noticed a change and acted quickly. Their speed allowed for some amazing veterinarians to work their magic.

Join the conversation:

  1. Cassandra still holding in there?

    Posted by Erin Brown
  2. Keeper Comment :

    She’s doing great! Training well and everything. It’s a mystery.

    Posted by Kristen Pormann

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

If you have an account on any of the Museum's blogs, you can sign in with the same login to contribute to the discussion.

If you don't have an account, signing up is free and easy.

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!

Durham Yard Sale

July 17th, 2009
 YARD SALE!
supporting the NC Piedmont AAZK

SATURDAY JULY 18th 7:00am-11:00
at the Picnic Dome across from the Museum of Life and Science

A few of the keepers here at the museum have joined together with some of the keepers (or techs, as they’re called) at the Duke Lemur Center, to form a local chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK).

The AAZK is a non-profit, volunteer organization of professional zookeepers and other persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation. 

The mission of our chapter, the NC Piedmont,  
                                                                 
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. 

The Museum is graciously letting our group hold a fundraising yard sale at the Picnic Dome this Saturday! Proceeds from this sale will be used to support chapter goals like animal enrichment, keeper professional development, and wildlife conservation.   If you’d like to nab some extremely nicely priced goods, come out and visit us, and support animals and their caretakers!

Join the conversation:

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

If you have an account on any of the Museum's blogs, you can sign in with the same login to contribute to the discussion.

If you don't have an account, signing up is free and easy.