Keeper Mary

I mentioned a week or so ago when posting about the copperhead I would tell you a bit more about Keeper Mary. Mary joined our team this past June and has been a great gift to us from the beginning. Before joining our team she worked at the Brandywine Zoo in Delaware for many years. She does our weekly grocery shopping and quickly picked up the routine. Her quirky sense of humor and her positive energy are welcome asset. SheRead more

Wolves in Snow

The 1-3 inches of snow we expected on January 17 turned into 9 inches to almost one foot of snow in some areas. Not the best footage with my phone, sorry, but some quick snips of the wolves in the snow from the 18th of January.    Read more

QuikPost: Copperhead

We’ve been so busy here– haven’t found time to even sit at my desk given the weather. Check out what the alpacas have been doing or Ranger Greg’s Blog. So, instead of snow pictures to share, Keeper Mary caught the Copperhead in action last week. (I’ll post about Keeper Mary and the wolves in the snow soon…)  Read more

Christmas Postscript

I reported on Christmas that things were, for the most part, okay. With the exception of being hot indoors and spending time watching the wolves, the morning really was nothing more than long. A few follow up items to report: The water snake shed a couple days after Christmas- take a look at the beautiful shed I pulled out of the water. Additionally, Sarah informed me of my inaccurate identification of who left me notes. In Sarah’s words: Fun TriviaRead more

Male Wolf Update

I mentioned in my Christmas Blog post that I spent a bit of time watching the wolves search for food. Some blurry photos of the male wolf, M1803, in his efforts, along with a quick video. Scroll all the way to the bottom so you can see him when he first arrived.       I love this video of M1803 when he first arrived on grounds. Keeper Sarah caught this of him in sloth-mode. His nerves- and speed —Read more

You Can Train a Goat?

One of the many things animal keepers are tasked with aside from the expected poop scooping and wall scrubbing is operant conditioning (aka “animal training”). Nearly all the animals at the museum have a primary trainer who thinks of new behaviors they’d like that animal to learn, then builds a step-by-step program to shape that behavior, and ultimately implements that program over the course of days to months (depending on the complexity and the animal’s response) until we’re at aRead more