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by , Keeper
I started out as a volunteer in February 2013 and became a full fledged keeper in October 2013. I love birds, mainly raptors. When I'm not working I like to read and play tennis. I have two dogs and two cats.
I work Tuesday through Saturday mostly out in Explore the Wild. You might be able to see me at the Meet the Keeper program at 2:00pm or training the Lemurs!

Having fun with Bear Enrichment

August 5th, 2014

Enriching the lives of our animals is a daily task for us keepers. When I have the time, I like to be a little more creative with my enrichment ideas. The other day I decided to put a table and four chairs into the bear side yard. I carefully picked out the tallest chair for Gus and the shortest chair for Yona. Mimi and Virginia received similar sized chairs. To entice them to actually check out my creation, I wrote all of their names in syrup and decorated the table and chairs with raisins!

Up close look at the yummy treats!

Up close look at the yummy treats!

A table with four chairs and a place setting for all the bears!

A table with four chairs and a place setting for all the bears!

When I came back in the next day, all of the chairs and the table were knocked over and all the treats consumed! I would say they had a pretty nice dinner party!

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  1. What, no tea?

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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.

A Look Back … Part 1

June 24th, 2014

Let’s take a look back at some of the goings on in the Animal Department. Some of these critters have moved on to further their careers and education, some of them have retired, some of them have passed away and some of them are still with us in the Animal Department, just older and wiser now! I have 10 years worth of memories and pictures of all the happenings in the Department… here are a few of my favorites! Keep your eyes peeled for many more to come!!!

Ursula

Ursula

Yona post surgery

Yona post surgery

Mikey

Mikey

Jill post surgery

Jill post surgery

Annie and Sonny

Annie and Sonny

Pig

Pig

Gizmo

Gizmo

Templeton

Templeton

Young Gus

Young Gus

1227 Red Wolf

1227 Red Wolf

Beaker

Beaker

Sonny and Cher

Sonny and Cher

Kerby in Q

Kerby in Q

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Last week’s snow

February 4th, 2014

It’s been so busy I haven’t had time to share photos with you. Some places at the Museum had as much as 3 inches of snow, and we were closed on Wednesday.

We staged 20 shovels and 4 push brooms so as staff arrived they could get to work clearing paths and steps.

No surprise that Donald showed up as regularly scheduled

Aaron and I noticed lots of tracks in the snow in the wolf yard. Sorry, no photos as I couldn’t hold a camera, broom, pool skimmer (to break the ice and remove it from the pool), food, and bucket.

The female wolf seemed fine in the snow

Not sure what he is looking at. Right before this photo he had peed on some food.

 

All the bears were in their usual winter  spots. Yona would not get out of bed to get her treatments (Cosequin, vitamin supplements, and a de-wormer). I honestly sat their (yup, on a rock after clearing off the snow) for almost 15 minutes. Luckily for me Virginia came over huffed and stomped at Yona who got up and ran out of bed.

Virginia Chasing Yona out of bed.

 

Yona stomping back as Virginia left.

Sorry, no photos of the farmyard- maybe next snow.

 

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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.

QuikPost: thanks for your watermelon donations

August 27th, 2013

We’ve had over 60 watermelons donated this summer. Here are a few photos of the bears reaping the rewards. I’ll post more photos in the future too:

 

name the bears?

 

I love Mimi’s hair style don’t you!

 

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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.

Missing radios found by bears

June 16th, 2013

Gus and Yona found the missing radios that we lost in the trees while cutting them off the fence during last week’s storm! Ranger Ro caught this photo of the bears talking about something… ideas?

Gus looking particularly handsome with his scarf.

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  1. Gus: Rawr
    Yona: Nom nom nom

    Posted by Jill

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I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

QuikPost: Box for Yona Bear

January 18th, 2013

I was going through old blogs and found one I hadn’t posted yet which was a video of Yona playing with a box.

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  1. I have some boxes I need to flatten and recycle here at the house. I think she could be a big help!!

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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.

Packages for the Bears.

January 4th, 2013

I thought the bears would be thrilled to have the 15 pounds or so of nuts that my neighbor left on my doorstep last week. However, in addition to the almonds and hazelnuts that Donna left on my doorstep, the bears received their own mail at the Museum. 50 pounds of walnuts arrived at the Museum addressed to the four of them!

2 large boxes arrived, addressed to the four bears

The bears have Kelly Taylor, our Rentals Manager to thank. Kelly absolutely LOVES the bears and asked her family to get presents for the bears for Christmas.

The bears cannot read English so we’ll tell them what the note says

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  1. Hey Sherry! That is a cool Christmas story for sure!! Thanks for sharing. (and the education) I did not know bears liked nuts. Go figure!
    Happy 2013!
    Marlene

    Posted by Marlene Murray
  2. I love when we get mail for our animals.

    Posted by Jill
  3. Super sweet gift for the bears!

    Posted by Kimberly

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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.

This week in ETW

October 13th, 2012

Recently I added a hammock to the Ring Tailed Lemur indoor stalls. I have seen both Cassandra and Satyrus snuggled up together in it but when I reached for my camera they jumped up. I got lucky the other day and snapped a pic of Lycus lounging in it.

I was working for Keeper Jill this past Saturday (who was attending the AAZK conference) and wanted do some fun enrichment for the Bears and for me to watch. So I used a bunch of empty boxes and filled them with their p.m. food and some extra treats. It wasn’t very eventful but it was interesting to see how each of them accessed their boxes differently. Gus just shoved his head right in! Mimi carefully pulled back the tabs on the boxes. Virginia pushed all the tabs into the box and Yona had her box on it’s side. 

Front to back: Gus, Mimi, Yona

Virginia

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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.

It’s HOT out there.

July 15th, 2012
We all know it’s been a hot summer. We talk about it every morning before we start our day. Animals, just like people can succumb to heat related issues. However, we never want it to get that far with the Museum’s animals. We prepare every year for the temperatures to rise and how to best take care of ourselves and our animals. 

 

Mimi, in the water as she often is in the summer, with her fancy nut-ice block

We make sure that there is plenty of shade and water for our bears, wolves, and lemurs in our Explore the Wild exhibits. Any catching up of the animals is done early in the morning before temperatures rise, usually before 7 a.m. Summer enrichment includes lots of frozen fruit, fruity or nutty ice cubes, mousicles (any guesses what a mousicle is?), or even ice blocks the size of buckets or large garbage cans.

You would think that being native to Madagascar makes it a breeze for our lemurs during the summer. However, it gets much hotter in North Carolina than it would in the treetops of the Malagasy jungle, so we have air conditioning for the indoor areas- keeping the temperatures around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

shade for the lemurs from their shelter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keepers watch the Farmyard animals closely too. Some of the exhibit areas have big shady trees, for others we add umbrellas that the animals can stand under. Shade cloth is added to the top of our hawk and owl cages. Fans go up in every window. We check water levels at least three times each day, adding “water balloon ice cubes” to keep the water cool. Rabbits, the ones most susceptible to heat issues, get frozen water bottles to lean up against.

 

Lightning, Rocky and Patches hang in the shade.

 So be safe and try to stay cool.

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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.

The Bears- June 26.

June 27th, 2012

What a lovely day yesterday was- cool and only 80 degrees- so we were worked  in the bear yard: scooping poop, weed-eating around fences, spreading food, etc. From a service road near the Butterfly House, I pruned a bunch of Russian Olive plants that had ripe berries and put them in the bear yard, along with the bear food and “fruity-ice blocks” for the bears. I happened to have a camera with me and took a bunch of photos to share. You can zoom in on each photo by clicking on it.

Yona- in full shed- licking her fruity ice block

Yona is not shedding out so elegantly, but she’s still cute. It looks like the keepers put nuts and fruit in her ice block.

 

Mimi picking through the Russian Olive for the ripe berries

 

Look closely above and you can see Yona is on top of the ice block.  A couple seconds before this photo, Mimi climbed higher to get to a different branch of berries. Then, the bottom of the Russian Olive branch lifted off the ground and whacked Yona on the side. Yona jumped up, on top of the ice block. The scene made me chuckle.

Yona joins Mimi eating the berries

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