An Emotional Week

We invited people back to the Museum this week. Campers arrived Monday, and Members arrived starting Tuesday (online ticketing only). Everything is very thoughtful, limited, and as safe as possible. It’s been almost 4 months without guests here, working quite a bit, and a whirlwind of emotions throughout the period. (I am sure everyone is having their own roller-coaster ride since March!) Safety is critical for the team. Safety and good welfare of the humans are the only way weRead more

Update from the Week.

I got some non-desk time this week. This meant, lots of clothes, bandanas and masks to sweat through. However it also meant some good times and sights to be had. I did a great virtual Summer Camp program with Steve, David, and the Farmyard Critters. I also did a bunch of weed-eating, and clearing unwanted plant growth from a few areas. While working at Bear Overlook, the bears treated me with a visit. I sooooooo wanted to be where MimiRead more

Why did our dragon lose so much weight?

I introduced you to our newest bearded dragon last week. When she comes out of quarantine she’ll be used by our staff for education programs and Birthday parties both on and off the Museum campus. Remember, I said she lost 52 grams in just one short week. When we’re talking about a 350 gram animal, that’s a lot (over 15 %). Any idea of what she is looking at on the paper towel in the photo below? It’s the reasonRead more

New Bearded Dragon

I’m hoping our newest bearded dragon will be out of quarantine this month. All new animals go through a quarantine period upon arrival. It allows us to do testing and due diligence to assure that impact on our current animals will be negligible. I tend to call all bearded dragons, “Dragon”, but you can call her DD, which is short for Duckiedragon. I am a huge fan of hers because she eats her vegetables!!! Many bearded dragons eat their insectsRead more

Super Mandy

Meet Mandy. She’s responsible for the Museum’s Birthday Party Programs. In this role, she works closely with Educators, guests, our team of education animals, and all of us on the Animal Care Team. Mandy didn’t want to be photographed, but I recently found her updating materials for our Animal Handlers. Our documentation and training for those staff that work with animals for programs is extensive. Mandy stepped into this additional responsibility as our Program Animal Handler Trainer (not the bestRead more

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