Christmas 2017

So, I’m sweating at 5:30. Last night I set out shorts and sweat pants and a sweatshirt. I know I am always hot with the heat blowing while working indoors, so I set out layers to wear today. Yay for being prepared. Here’s the but… I decided not to wear them — what the heck was I thinking!! My alarm went off at 4:52 and I drug myself off the couch (with glasses on and not lost this year), brushedRead more

My pitch to engineering students at Duke

I spent a few minutes this morning over at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. The students in this class work on real world problems that need solving. Several people and agencies from the community came and presented different problems that could be solved with the help of the students.   The project we pitched:   You’ll learn more if our project was chosen as one to be worked on by the students. I hope so, and hope we get aRead more

QuikPics: bears and watermelon

A friend shared the following photos with me. Also, I took a quick video of the bears lining up getting ready for the watermelons to come (notice the woodchuck in the back of the clip). Thanks for the pictures Courtney!      Read more

What is Browse?

In animal keeper language, browse means plants and vegetation that we offer to our animals. Several times a week we harvest freshly cut browse that has been approved by our veterinarians. Our veterinary specialist, Katy, put together a browse book that includes pictures of the plant/tree, who it is approved for and where on grounds it grows. This is a great asset for new keepers just learning to identify different vegetation and for seasoned keepers to make sure their knowledge is up to date.Read 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