Henry does it better than most.
Our Interns, Jessica and Jamie, have started their enrichment project. They are interning with us Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they take classes. for one of their classes they have to do an enrichment project for an animal. They decided to work with Henry, our woodchuck, to see if they could get him more active. We’ll report back (if you want) later in the semester to see what they learned, but in the meantime, here are some photos of what they built and their first day of watching Henry with their item:
Henry watches from his bed at first
FYI- I went back and checked and only one of the whiffle balls is still hanging up. Seems like he’s been having some fun.
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.
Ranger Greg may have noticed the first signs of the impending season change back in August, but here in the Animal Department, we hold off until the middle of October to make our changes from the summer heat to the winter cold. We also have our animals to let us know when it’s time to shut off the fans and turn on the heaters. Scout, the duck, molts all of his old summer feathers to prepare for what would be a fall migration and he starts running around the farmyard in the morning like he’s training for a race. Henry, the woodchuck, and our 4 bears, all pack on a few pounds with the start of fall and then slow way down, spending most of their days sleeping. The bears, wolves, steer, donkey and many others begin to grow in an extra thick coat of fur to ward off the impending cold.
One of my favorite signs of the season comes from our Red-tailed Hawk, Misha. Our normally quiet, calm hawk becomes very chatty in the early hours of the autumn mornings.
Just a few cute photos to share with everyone.
Happy Groundhog Day!
Last year you may have remembered that our Groundhog/Woodchuck Henry, had an interview and predicted the Super Bowl winner last year.
This year Henry is in hibernation mode but still gets up every once in a while to eat a peanut or banana. Last year I took this video and in honor of Groundhog Day I thought I would post it.
This is Henry our Woodchuck otherwise known as a Groundhog. The other morning, before we opened, Keeper Sarah gave Henry some much needed exercise time, in the people area of Carolina Wildlife. He enjoyed running back and forth, chasing us when he could, and checking out the exhibits.
Then Keeper Katy came out and gave Henry a little tour of the snake exhibits.
And my favorite picture:
Keeper Jill was organizing some kitchen cabinets and had 8 empty raisin boxes and a brilliant idea- Woodchuck enrichment. Keeper Sarah was scheduled inside the next day, she was warned about the potential mess she had waiting for her. And like a good sport she snapped a few photos before cleaning up.