Akron, here I come! Remember last year’s meeting? Click here to learn more about the SSP meeting. More news when I return.
I cannot wait to see their red wolf exhibit at the Grizzly Ridge Exhibit area.
” A federal judge in North Carolina on Tuesday ordered a stop to coyote hunting near the world’s only wild population of endangered red wolves because the animals look so similar and are easily confused” . Read the full article here or at : http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/13/3858932/us-judge-blocks-coyote-hunting.html
There’s lots of great information – you can even learn about us :).
I recently refilled Lightning’s, our donkey’s, prescription. I forgot the donkey had a last name!
What should the last name(s) of the Museum’s animals be?
Which Costume should Rocky wear for Halloween: Panda or Elephant:
We’re probably going to be posting a little less for a while. As you know, Kimberly has moved on to work with Homo sapiens. Separately, Marilyn is out recovering from surgery and will not be back until sometime in December. So, the remaining staff here will be hustling and bustling to deal with all that needs to get dealt with.
We’ll still be blogging and sharing what is going on it just won’t be as frequent. Wolf Physicals are on the 14th so we’ll get some pictures up of that for sure.
It’s early and I’m sitting at my desk- I haven’t had much desk time recently but I have to prepare a safety presentation for all staff. On the 28th I’ll be talking about hurricane preparation and response. Right now, with the rain that’s been falling, I have been thinking about drains and how important they are. Below are photos of three important drains (at least to me). I’ll write more about each one later, but wanted you to think about drains.
If you have read the series of books or watched the show “Game of Thrones”, you have heard of a Dire Wolf.
Several of us in the animal department are heavily into the books or show and wind up discussing it a lot of the time. So, the Dire Wolf is one of the major components of the story and I knew there once were REAL Dire Wolves, but didnt know much about them.
Canis dirus translated to “fearsome dog” existed in North and South America between 300,000 and 12 ,000 years ago. I was amazed to read that about 4,000 have been found in the LaBrea tarpits alone!
If you think that this wolf was humongous because it existed long ago,sad to say it wasnt
They were almost 5 feet in length and only weighed at the most 170lbs. They had shorter and stubbier legs then the modern gray wolf and weighed 25% more. Their teeth were slightly larger too.
Even though they hunted in packs like other wolves, it is believed they went extinct because larger pray started to become scarce and they were not able to out compete the other species of wolves they coincided with.