Keeping Lemurs Safe

It’s a difficult time– for everyone. Things are new for everyone with the Covid-19 virus. For many weeks we’ve got to change our way of living to help keep ourselves and those most at risk from this virus as safe as possible. At the Museum, a lot has changed. Too much to write about right now. Instead, know that we are here caring for each other and the animals whose wellness we are responsible for. With the above in mind,Read more

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

QuikPic: Lemurs

I caught all seven lemurs in the same area. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to take one picture of all of them before.   Pretty soon the tortoises will be heading outside in the yard- that should be quite a sight!    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

Dr. Vanderford dons the gown again

The Ring-tailed lemurs have been getting along well since the initial incidents with their introductions.  (Hopefully Autumn will get some photos to share of the snuggling occurring). That’s why we were very surprised to find Henri one day with his ear split. He, and the others, were all acting totally fine both before and after, but his ear did need to get sutured. Take a look:          Read more

One Department’s Trash…

…is another department’s treasure! We are doing a lot of cleaning up behind the scenes here at the museum. Our education department was getting rid of some tote bins and put them up for grabs. A lot of people grabbed some for personal use while I saw an opportunity for the lemurs! I had been wanting to create some bedding options for the lemurs and these were just what I needed!   Big thanks to the exhibits team for cuttingRead more