Posts Tagged ‘Emily’

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!

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  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 , 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.

QuikPic: furry alpacas…last chance

April 13th, 2013

The girls are going to be sheared on April 23 (weather permitting). Get a last look for now at ful coats. Make any hairdo requests in the comment section.

back row L-R: Emily, Equinox.
front row L-R: Retro, Ray

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  1. Mullet!!!!

    Posted by Jill
  2. Dreadlocks for Retro

    Posted by Sarah's Dad
  3. I agree with Jill. I think a “mullet” in the crowd would add the needed cultural diversity to the group.

    Posted by Ranger Greg
  4. Poodle

    Posted by Wendy
  5. Sorry Dad, we don’t have Suri alpacas; they’re the ones with the dreads. Our 4 girls are all Huacayas. I’m voting for at least 1 mohawk.

    Posted by Sarah

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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.

QuikPic: Alpacas

September 11th, 2012

It’s been a flurry of activity the past few days, but thought I would share a few  quick photos of our new Museum members. We’ll post more soon.

meet Ray, short for Rayna. She’s five months old.

Retro (short for Retroversion) is Ray’s mom. She’ll be 6 years old in October.

Below is Equinox and her cria Emily. Cria is what baby alpacas are called. Equinox will be 6 years old on Friday and Emily is 5 months old.

  

 You can meet them on October 20th when they join the rest of the Farmyard animals on exhibit.

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