Last Week in June

I was so happy this morning to welcome back former volunteer and former temporary Animal Keeper Nicole. Nicole’s arrival and help brought smiles and cheers from the rest of the team this morning! The other thing I was sooooooo happy about this morning is Virginia’s improvement. Last week she tore part of the skin off her foot. Given the issues she has already walking it was a hard few days for her. We’ve had her locked in the house soRead more

Summer is Here

Again this week, not sure where the time has gone. Yes, it’s only Tuesday night, but my schedule has me off grounds starting around noon on Wednesday. Seems that putting out fires (figuratively) or being in meetings has limited my access to some good photos (as well as my sanity). Furthermore, the heat lowers my tolerance threshold. I go through several masks and bandanas daily, but do get to spend some quality time in the walk-in freezer. Here a fewRead more

Copperheads on Campus

It is the time of year when we start to see more snakes, and copperheads are just one of the very common snakes found on our grounds, in Durham, and around the state. The past couple days we had to remove two copperheads from unwanted areas. Janine and Rob were loading limbs (from last week’s yard work) onto the trailer to haul off. Janine was pleasantly surprised (I mean terrified) to come just about face to face with this littleRead more

May 13 Update

I started writing this at around 5:30 this morning. At 5:30 AM, it’s quiet at the Museum, at a time when it should be quiet. It feels normal and that’s nice. What is also turning out to be normal is opening packages with more gifts for the critters! As I mentioned Sunday, we had yard work to do out in Explore the Wild. We got the wolf pool cleaned thanks to Janine. Rob spent an hour pulling poison ivy– youRead more

QuikPics: Radiated Tortoise Health Checks

Dr. Vanderford checked out the radiated tortoises yesterday during Vet Rounds. Animal Care Specialist Janine had to manage the five tortoises. You would think it would be easy, but tortoises come quickly when strawberries are involved. Janine corralled the tortoises– allowing for an easy check for everyone involved.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