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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.
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2013 Animal Department Holiday Potluck Highlights

January 12th, 2014

Every year the Animal Department gets together with our volunteers and has a holiday potluck. There is always good food and good conversations as well as gifts for everyone to enjoy.  Here are some of the highlights of our potluck we had in December.

Kent.

Kent with his beads!

 

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I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Kent Steps in to Help

November 10th, 2013

Compared to a “normal” 8AM – 5PM, Monday-Friday job, we have rather weird working schedules here in the animal department. For example, in the 5 days a week I work, I have 4 different sets of hours. Keepers show up between 7 and 8AM (sometimes even earlier on crazy days) and stay between 3PM and 5:30PM depending on their scheduled work week. Some keepers work Sunday – Thursday, some work Tuesday – Saturday, some work Monday – Friday and one keeper is currently working Thursday – Monday. It doesn’t take all that long to get used to, but I’ve gotten many comments from people in the outside world similar to, “how do you remember when you work?” After a while, it just becomes routine and I, for one, appreciate the daily change up; it makes my day go by faster.

 

When keepers stay until 5:30PM, they’re called “closers.” Closers always work in teams of 2 and are in charge of doing the final animal checks, feeding the critters dinner, and locking everything up for the evening. This past week, Sherry stepped in to close because we’ve been a bit short-handed in the department. There’s a running joke in the department that when Sherry closes with you, you’ll have to do all the work and she’ll sit in her office with her feet up. For the record, I’ve closed with Sherry many times and never once has she sat around with her feet up. However, the joke continues on and she’s a really good sport about it.

 

At 5:03, Kent had clocked out for the night to go home but he and I were hanging around in the office chatting when Sherry walks in and asks him to stay and close for her because she had other boss things to be doing –that’s not really what she said. I don’t actually remember the reason so I mentally filed it into the “boss things” category–. Kent agrees, Sherry heads off to do her boss things, and Kent walks into Sherry’s office to help close.

Kent closing, like a boss.

 

 

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  1. Director Comment :

    Thanks for the shout-out. So, the real reasons why I don’t put my feet up on my desk:
    1. my desk is typically too messy to find a space.
    2. you know where our shoes have been… I don’t want that on my desk…
    I’ll have to disinfect that section of desk where Kent’s feet were!

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  2. Kent looks good as a supervisor!

    Posted by Katy

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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.

Grape Bonding

July 4th, 2013

 

Last week grapes were on sale,  it’s summer, very hot, and Aaron has a credit card.

 

lots and lots and lots of grapes

Aaron bought well over 100 pounds of grapes. We freeze them and use them as frozen treats for the animals. This batch should last us over 3 months.

the keepers pulling grapes from the stems so they can be frozen individually.

It takes quite a bit of time to pull grapes off them stems. I only slightly jest that I have never seen the keepers work so well together!  What a bonus.

Kent’s head, Sarah, Kimberly, Jessi, and Jill.

I wonder how long everyone’s hands will be stained?

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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.

Lemur Tracking Drill

May 15th, 2013

We recently had a Lemur Tracking Drill. Sherry informed us that two “lemurs” were hidden around campus and we had an hour to find them. Off we went…

Me, Sarah, Kent, and Aaron begin Lemur tracking

Sarah picking up a strong signal behind the Donkey/Goat yard

Aaron went into the woods between alpaca and pigs to see what he could pick up on his tracker

Duck was curious about Aaron in the woods

As was Max

We then decided to go out to the parking lot since our signal was pointing us in that direction.

Quickly there after,  we found the first lemur in a tree.

The first lemur was found in a tree

After feeling successful about finding the first lemur so quickly we decided to split up at the boardwalk. Sarah and I headed to Explore the Wild and Aaron and Kent headed to Catch the Wind. Shortly there after,  the guys radioed us to meet them at the Into the Mist exhibit. Kent had spotted the second lemur on top of an umbrella!

With both lemurs found we headed back to the building

Successful Tracking

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  1. Kent looks thrilled about getting cuddled by Aaron.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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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.

Giving me Grief

March 16th, 2013

After our department meeting on Thursday I got a lot of lip from the keepers about the crappy pictures I take of them and then post on the blog. Forever, they now live with ruined lives because the only photos out there of them are poor and ugly. Obviously, I disagree, but we took some new photos right after the meeting. Here you go:

Kimberly approved this photo.

 

I hope Sarah approves of this photo!

 A close up of Bugsy sleeping (he did not approve of this photo).

 

There was a much better one of Jill, but she didn’t want me to post it. I assume she is fine with this photo!

 

 

And Finally, there is nothing better than an “Aaron hugging Kent” photo:

 

 

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  1. Kent’s expression in the hugging photos are priceless.

    Posted by Leslie
  2. I’ll approve of Bugsy’s photo for him. He looks like a gummy bear with long ears. Anything that adorable deserves to be shared with the rest of the world.

    My photo’s not so bad, either.

    Posted by Sarah
  3. I want you to post the other one of Jill :)

    Posted by kimberly
  4. Am I the only one that noticed the stellar picture of Marilyn in the background or Kimberly’s photo? That one deserves and award!

    Posted by Sarah
  5. Director Comment :

    Shhh…
    (next time I will crop the photo so we don’t see Marilyn’s tongue sticking out!)

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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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.

Do owls drink water?

February 15th, 2013

While closing one night I saw a barred owl standing in the water and pondered, What is that owl doing? A few moments later I watched as the owl took several drinks of water.  I snapped some pictures with my phone and shared them with Keeper Kent who says he’s never seen an owl drink water before. Kent has been a keeper here for a long time so if he hasn’t seen owls drink then most of our readers haven’t either. In fact owls get most of the moisture they need from the prey they eat, so this is a rare sight. Enjoy the pictures below.

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  1. Director Comment :

    Which owl is that? I’m glad s/he is standing with her/his “good side” to the camera.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  2. If you come in at 7am you can see at least one of them drinking on most mornings. 1 Wing will also often play with the mulch in the mornings throwing it all over the place!

    Posted by Katy
  3. I believe it is 1 wing. Katy that sounds fun to watch.

    Posted by kimberly

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Trimming Duck’s Wings

February 13th, 2013

Have you ever wandered into the farmyard and asked yourself, “Why doesn’t the duck simply fly away?”

There are three answers:

1. He does, sometimes. As you can see here in an older post.

2. He seasonally has wing feathers trimmed to help keep him down on the ground.

3. At nearly 11 pounds, he’s a little bit too chubby to really get off the ground.

 

In the early spring and fall, Ducky molts (loses) his old feathers and grows a nice new set in. This would prepare him for long, seasonal migration flights, if he were a wild duck. These young feathers, called ‘blood’ or ‘pin’ feathers, have a great blood supply and birds need to be handled carefully when they’re coming in. Once the pin feathers grow out completely into flight feathers, we can safely trim them back to keep our duck grounded.

Keeper Kent holds Ducky snugly with Duck’s feet tucked into his arm to keep Katy safe from his claws. Kent is also extending Duck’s right wing in this photo

Duck wing extended

Keeper Katy extends Duck’s left wing and counts the feathers to be trimmed. 

Katy trims feathers

With rounded bandage scissors, Keeper Katy starts to trim away feathers

more feathers trimmed

You can see the small gap the missing feathers are creating in Duck’s wing, this is what stops him from flying.

weighing ducky

Kent and Katy place Ducky down onto a scale for weighing. The rubber bowl gives his feet traction so he doesn’t slide off the metal scale.

sitting duck

Trimming feathers might look a little rough, but it doesn’t seem to bother our duck very much.

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  1. do you need to do both wings?

    Posted by bette fredrickson
  2. Yes, Bette, we do trim both wings. If we only did one wing, our duck would be very off balance if he were to hop up onto a higher surface and try to flutter back down to the ground. With only one wing trimmed, he might spin or crash to the ground, but with both done, it takes him only 2 or 3 attempts before he figures out how to descend from higher ground safely.

    Posted by Sarah

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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.

Animal Programs

January 28th, 2013

The Animal Department does several programs a week.

We have a daily 2pm Explore the Wild Keeper Talk, which changes between Bears, Wolves, and Lemurs each week. At these programs we talk to visitors about our animals, wild animals, what kind of food they eat, or any other specifics you’d like to know.

We also have a Farm Yard Program at 4:30pm all days but Thursday. At these programs we close the Farm Yard which includes feeding the animals and shutting down the barns, here you can ask Keepers questions and even help feed hay to a couple animals.

And a special Reptile Program on Thursday’s at 4pm in Carolina Wildlife. At this program we talk about our exhibit reptiles or any you have questions about and we feed our snakes and alligators.

Keeper Kent doing the 4pm Thurs Reptile Program

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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.

Henry the Great

January 10th, 2013

Henry is our resident Woodchuck in Carolina Wildlife. Below are pictures of him getting some exercise time on the Keeper Hall. Keeper Katy found it a great opportunity to get him on the scale. We weigh our animals on schedules, some may be once a week, some may be once a month. In addition, anytime we have an opportunity to weigh an animal -we take it! Keeping a good record of animal weights is very important and can help decide diet changes or even bring up health concerns. Henry weighs a whooping 5.96 kg that translates to 13.11 lbs.

 

Keepers Katy, Jill, Kent, and Sarah and Mr. Henry the Woodchuck

 

Henry on the scale

 

So cute!

 

Sherry took advantage of Henry’s good mood and got a scratch in

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  1. Be on the lookout for Henry’s 2013 Super Bowl prediction.

    Posted by Jill

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Concurrent Accession

December 31st, 2012

“Accession” is a word the zoological world uses to mean, “adding to.” It’s the term applied to newly acquired individuals to a museum/zoo/aquarium’s collection. We don’t have a large turnover in our collection at the museum. Every year we lose some animals due to old age, health problems, or transfers to other institutions and we gain a couple, but our collection stays at about the same number.

Because we don’t take in new animals very often, I found it interesting to learn that the animal keepers here each have a sort of “buddy animal” that joined the animal department at roughly the same time they did.

Sherry Ursula

Sherry and Ursula (Fall 1991)

Kent American Robin

Kent (Summer 1996) and 2 American Robins (Winter 1997)

Marilyn Chummix

Marilyn and Chummix (Fall 2003)

Katy Virginia

Katy and Virginia (Spring 2005)

Jill Scout

Jill and Scout (Fall 2005)

Sarah Robin Owl

Me and Robin Owl (Summer 2010)

Kimberly Ladybelle

Kimberly and Ladybelle (Fall 2010)

Aaron Jaybird

Aaron and Jaybird (Spring 2011)

Jessi Pines

Jessi and the baby Pine Snakes (Summer 2012)

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  1. Director Comment :

    I love this post Sarah!
    FYI- Ursula and I arrived at the Museum in the Fall 1991.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  2. Great post, I love that Marilyn looks like she’s about to attack Chummix

    Posted by Kimberly
  3. Keeper Comment :

    All fixed, thanks!

    Posted by Sarah Van de Berg
  4. 2013 for me is about enjoying the ‘moment’ whether that moment is truly a moment or a whole day long; “smell the roses” so-to-speak.

    Posted by Laura H
  5. Keeper Comment :

    Very cool Sarah! I’m really pleased that my buddy animal is Chummix because I really love that goat and I enjoyed being his trainer.

    Posted by Marilyn Johnson

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