Birthday Present (for the lemurs)

A package arrived a few days ago. I opened it up and it didn’t look like anything Aaron or I had ordered. It wasn’t. Krista, the Museum’s Retail Operations Manger, sent her mother a birthday present from our Amazon Wish-list. What a great gift, and great surprise. Thanks Krista, and happy birthday Keath!Read more

Virginia Bear’s Laser Treatment

Virginia, our almost 15 year old American black bear, has some extensive arthritis and degenerative issues. We’ve been treating her for years with a variety of medicines and supplements. We’ve even added acupuncture and laser treatments. (Check out this blog post about treatment from almost 2-years ago). I watched yesterday as the team administered Virginia’s Laser Treatment (cold, or low-level, laser therapy is often recommended for pain management or inflammation reduction). The Animal Care team worked (and still works) toRead more

Flashback Friday: Yona’s surgery

I mentioned I try to take time on Fridays for some reflection time. My father had surgery last week. It got me thinking about other surgeries, which lead me to think about Yona. She’s our youngest black bear. She arrived at the Museum January 15, 2010, at just under one year old. We noticed pretty quickly she had a bit of a limp, and her right front leg had some atypical curvature. It didn’t impact what she could or couldn’tRead more

Another project with Engineering students

Another semester has started and we’re working, again, with students in the Pratt school of engineering at Duke. Two student teams are working on creating enrichment feeders for Dusty and Dallas, our miniature Hereford Cattle We’ve met with the teams four times, they’ve been out to visit, and they completed their first project pitch to their classmates. We’re excited to see what the create for our bulls!Read more

Pup Check Follow-up

More pictures from Monday’s red wolf pup check: Rocket, below, has been and continues to be our smallest wolf. He weighed in just over 13 Kg Monday. He is still smaller than his litter mates, but it is getting much harder to tell him apart. His behavior is fairly different however. Much quicker to come down to eat and he’ll sit in the side cage area and not run away immediately from his caretakers. Very, very calm, that is, untilRead more

A long time coming for this pup check

While temperatures are still high, the summer seems to have just flown by. This is the first Blog post in well over one month, and I have pictures to share of pups that are well over 30 pounds! We had our whole team plus an additional four staff helping us catch up our 20-week olds! It’s no simple task anymore getting our six “pups” caught. With 10 wolves in the yard there is a lot going on. Long story short,Read more