Besides picking up lemurs last week in Ohio, I also had the Red Wolf SSP planning meeting. Akron Zoo was a wonderful host, and a beautiful Zoo. We talked about so many things that my head is still spinning: information about captive wolves, wild wolves, veterinary research, enrichment, capture and restraint, and so much more. We spent one whole day discussing husbandry issues, such as enrichment and diets. We also saw several videos on different ways to “catch-up” wolves (Hence Erik’s photo). It’s really helpful for the group to see how other institutions do “things” so we can share, learn, and adapt.
I spent most of the three days sitting around a table. Will Waddell brought his important paperwork in the following folders:
We did get a chance to wander around, as well as go behind the scenes. I was busy taking photos of dry erase boards, signs, fences, recycling bins, windows, locks, and such. I don’t have animal photos to share with you, but rather the incredibly interesting photos to follow:
And let’s not forget the different charts and notes that everyone seems to post:
Not exactly sure yet what wolves we will have at the Museum next year, but some possibilities were identified and more news will be shared in the fall.