Posts Tagged ‘Phoebe’

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.

What’s been going on here

November 26th, 2012

We’ve been staffed sparsely for the past week so people could have some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope everyone had a wonderful few days with family, friends, pets, or alone. With not many keepers around, there’s been little time to sit and update you on life here. With that said, here are a few photos to share about some of the things that have been going on here:

I’ve been training Jessi to handle Phoebe, our education alligator.

Jennifer Armstrong (who helped smash up pumpkins during Pumpkin Fest 2012) checked out the trees over the fish stream and waterfall in Carolina Wildlife. We’re making a plan to clean them and add more.


I had a really bad splinter in my left thumb. I’m a lefty, and could not dig it out. Jennifer and Marilyn tried, but they were unsuccessful. After a few days, Annie was able to get it out for me –  it was about 4 mm long and I was relieved to have it out.

Annie gets out my splinter

I’ve been preparing for an emergency drill –  this one will focus on a bear escape/recapture. Kristen found this bear and donated it to the training cause. Big Big Bear lives at my house. ( I have another bear named Big Bear and this bear is bigger than the other, hence the name Big Big Bear)

Big Big Bear. I bring her in for drills.

And finally, a little quiz for you. Below is the picture I took when we released our new male red wolf, 1414, into the wolf exhibit. How many of the people below can you name?


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  1. (Left to right) Aaron, Marilyn, Kent, Jessi, Sarah, Jill, and Katy. I’m just unsure about the three at the fence.

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  2. Director Comment :

    that’s ’cause the three at the fence were volunteer Max, and Vet Tech Anna and her husband. Well done Ro- thanks for playing.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  3. Last time I helped with bear escape training, Kent wanted to use the tranquilizer on me…best training ever..

    Posted by Mike Fink
  4. very nice post, i surely enjoy this wonderful site, persist in it

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by , Volunteer
I like volunteering to work with the animals and the Keepers (both are quite exciting and entertaining). I speak several languages including chicken. In another life I teach physics, but mostly I just love to learn (anything!) and be outdoors. When not volunteering I like to watch the bears and photograph around Explore the Wild. Follow me on Twitter @ktraphagen

Phoebe: Our tail-wagging Alligator

November 11th, 2011

Phoebe, our new education alligator, is downright cute. When Mikey holds her and strokes her neck, she wags her tail! Don’t believe me? Watch the video!
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  1. Hello,

    My name is Bradley Collins and I am interested in the animal care volunteer position. I would like more information about the requirements and details of this volunteer job.

    Bradley Collins

    Posted by Bradley Collins
  2. Director Comment :

    Hi Bradley.
    You can learn about volunteering on our website:
    Thanks for inquiring.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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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.

Meet the new Kid!

November 4th, 2011

Hey there fun bunch!  Welcome back!  It is my great pleasure to introduce you to our very newest education animal.  Her name is Phoebe, and she is our new baby education alligator. 

Close up on the pretty girl!

You can meet her during programs by our wonderful education staff, and also sometimes at the end of our Thursday public Reptile Feeding programs which begin at 4pm.  She is only a few months old and quite adorable.  She got her name after a variety of good suggestions were thrown out and then voted upon.  But what she was named after is even cooler…

Looks like lunch to me!We call her Phoebe, as a nickname…She was named after Phobosuchus, the giant prehistoric crocodilian of the Cretaceous period that lived in North Carolina around 70 million years ago, and could attain lengths of 40 feet or more.  These behemoths dwelled in the warm seas of the time preying on anything they could overpower, including dinosaurs!  The name Phobosuchus (pronounced  Fo-bow-sook-us) actually means “terrible crocodile”.  It had a 6 foot skull, and teeth that were 4 inches long.  And even though it lived at the same time, this crocodile was not a dinosaur, but a prehistoric reptile.  Another name synonymous with this animal is Deinosuchus.  Studies of fossilized skull fragments indicate that this animal was more closely related to alligators than modern day crocodiles.  It had a broader snout and was made for crushing its prey.  It’s bite was probably even more powerful than the big therapod dinosaurs of it’s time, like Tyrannosaurus Rex! 

So now that you know a little more about her background, be sure to come out and visit our newest little squirt during a program sometime!  She’s cute, she’s adorable, but sadly she won’t be getting 40 feet long or eating dinosaurs anytime soon…  :)

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