Meet the New Farmyard Additions

If you haven’t visited us in the last year, you haven’t yet met the 11 new members of the farmyard! Dusty and Dallas, two miniature Hereford bulls, moved into the cattle yard where Max and Chummix once lived. Fern, Charlotte, Wren, Corky, Ducky, and Beatrice now call Brooklyn and Bronx’s former exhibit home. Bill, Charlie, and Percy arrived to fill the shoes of Rocky, Patches, and Mona in the goat yard with Lightning and Gypsy. All of our new additions are fairly young; ranging inRead more

New Muskrats are here

Two new muskrats arrived in the past couple weeks. We have no good photos to share, or names. You are welcome to leave your name choice from the list below in the comment section… by February 11th. Captain and Tennille Frick and Frack Cagney and Lacey Barnum and BaileyRead more

Wild Ring-Tailed Lemurs are in Trouble!

When people think of lemurs they usually think of Ring-Tailed Lemurs. They can be found all around the world in zoological institutions and they can be seen in various movies. Due to their popularity, people assume they are safe from extinction. However, two studies have been published recently that suggest the iconic Ring-Tailed Lemur could be headed for extinction and soon. Both studies, one in Primate Conservation and one in Folia Primatologica, project that there are only 2,000-2,400 lemurs leftRead more

What happened while we’ve been gone, part 2

Hopefully you’ve been keeping track of our wolf news on Ranger Greg’s blog! He takes amazing photos of the wolves and shares great information so check it out. In November 2016, it was time for us to send our female red wolf off and get a new one in. During the Red Wolf SSP meeting which happens every summer we learned that we would swap female red wolves with Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. We were looking to sendRead more


The other morning I was checking all the animals and caught this photo of Bufo, our marine toad. Its not often Bufo is out, because the toad is usually hidden.Read more

What you missed while we’ve been gone

A lot has happened during the 11 months we’ve been gone from blogging. I’ll be making several posts regarding some items to share with you from 2016. To start of with, in September we received some funding that allowed us to expand the alpaca yard. (in August 2015 we were able to grow it a little, but this time we added much more space). In less than one week, a few trees came down, the fence was moved back, mulchRead more

QuikPic: Three Katyies

I’m sitting in my office taking on a rest on this snow day– I’ll have to post about today another day when I have more energy and time. In the meantime, I came across the photo below and it made me smile, just as I did when I took the picture. We’ve got a lot of people named Katee ( I have a friend who spells her name that way) at the Museum. The three I spend the most timeRead more

Keeper Katie’s operant conditioning work

Keeper Katie works with the bears closely and is their primary trainer. You can see how well Katie is doing working with Virginia to open her mouth. (Getting a good look at an animal’s teeth is an important part of veterinary care). We’ll post more videos of the Keepers doing operant conditioning work with the animals if you want- just say the word.Read more

Christmas 2016

So, I arrive this Christmas without any issues at all- waking before my alarm and remembering to pack some food. The Keepers have left me some notes: Compared to Christmas 2015, there are a few primary differences I notice right off the bat: I am using a smart phone this year to take pictures… no more flip phone for me. I set the logbooks up on the Vet Room table rather than the counter- apparently sitting is a desire thisRead more