Larger habitats for smaller animals

We were able to specially design some large spaces for our smaller indoor ambassador animals (like Chinchillas). It took a team of staff and contractors to design, build, transport, and move the homes to the Museum. The racks provide storage space below and fit through doors so in an emergency we can move the whole rack (on wheels) outside quickly. Thanks to the team that made this happen!Read more

Thank you Marilyn!

We got a truck load (literally) of food delivered a few days ago. 63 boxes of food and Marilyn broke down EVERY SINGLE BOX. Huge thanks goes out to Marilyn for stepping out of her day job and helping out (again) in the animal department.Read more

8-week pup check

We got the 8-week pup check done without a hitch! All pups were caught up quickly (7 minutes to enter the habitat, catch up all the pups, and get them to our work area). Every pup has gained weight. Our three larger males weighed around 5.5 Kg and our two females around 5.2 Kg. Our little guy doubled in weight since the last check and is now at 3.4 Kg. Everybody got a quick physical, dewormed, first round of vaccines,Read more

Hollowed Out Logs

We’re very excited– we have a couple of “new” hollowed out logs arriving in the next week. Lots of coordination and communication to get a couple of logs that we can use in our animal habitats. Thanks to Michele, from our exhibits department, and her contact Jesse! As I type, the logs have been loaded and are making their way back to Durham this weekend. More news once the logs are out in animal areas…Read more

So much help (for so much work)

We just finished up bear pool cleaning and yard work. It’s a bear of a task and takes help from so many people. Folks from six different Museum teams spent about 100 total hours taking care of tasks and the bears. The pools are now clean, yard is mowed and weed-eated; poop-scooping complete; pruning off fences; viewing camera is now functional; added traction to cliff access for bears, and probably some other items I’m too tired to remember. The teamRead more

Being a Big Brother

Many people have seen the below video of one of our yearling brother wolves having at the den camera. He removed and destroyed the camera, without ingesting any of it. This is one of the most special (and pretty funny) den video clips from my point of view. So much is going in this clip for me. First, notice that there are pups in the den. With the pups five weeks old, mom, F2062, allows the rest of the familyRead more