QuikPic: unprepared

We were VERY unprepared for the torrential rain that dumped on us right before we went in to mow the bear yard this morning. Katy and Aaron attempted to improvise. (The rain literally stopped as we finished our work).Read more

Interns’ Final Project

Intern’s Vickie and Rachel finished up their semester with us last week. We will miss them– and all their help. Part of the work of their semester was doing a scientific research project on animal enrichment. They chose to do something for Dusty and Dallas, our Miniature Hereford Cattle. The purpose of their project was to increase locomotion and have the cattle utilize the entire exhibit area by increasing activity levels. The hypothesis was with the introduction of a PVCRead more

Christmas 2018

Regular blog readers know the routine, but for new readers here’s the scoop. Working on Christmas is something I have done for years. (Even before working at the Museum). My prep starts the week before, making sure I understand any treatments, routines, behaviors, tasks, diets, etc. before the 25th arrives. I set out my layers of clothes, snacks, set the alarms for 4:48 and 4:55 (although I really want to be at the Museum at 5 AM so I canRead more

QuickPost: Thank you Merck!

We had five staff from Merck out recently to help us out with some extra cleaning behind the scenes. We were able to empty and clean our reptile room, kitchen cabinets, resort food, gather pine cones and other enrichment items, and they even helped us sort mice by size so it would be easier to feed to our animals. We are very appreciative when we have Group Project Volunteers. We literally couldn’t get our jobs done without the help.  Read more

Virginia and Mimi called out?

I walked in to work the end of the day Saturday to prep for the coming storm and was greeted by this note on the board:   Some might be saying what do you mean two of our four bears called out for the day??   No worries, the bears are here, but two of our volunteers were unable to make it in today 🙁Read more