QuikPost: Ah, that refreshing watermelon

Only 7 days away from National Watermelon Day! Personally, I’m glad there is a day for everyone to celebrate watermelon. I think it is one of the most refreshing foods you can eat on a hot summer day. Many of our animals seem to find it refreshing (or at least enjoyable), as well. Check out the video below of some of our indoor animals (and maybe even a keeper) enjoying some yummy watermelon. And don’t worry, Sherry, I put the keeper up toRead more

QuikPost: hoarders

The last couple of days we have been watching our muskrats closely because we were concerned one of them may have been acting a bit lethargic. So you can imagine what a pleasant surprise it was to see them both running around the exhibit early this morning! Most of our visitors that come regularly usually only see our muskrats sleeping in their wooden house. That’s because they tend to be most active in the morning (at least for the timeRead more

Trash anyone?

Anyone who has been in the animal keeping profession knows that part of the job includes the unfortunate task of pulling trash out of the animal exhibits. On some level it is expected that a random object will occasionally be found in an animal’s enclosure, due to a visitor accidentally dropping something and not being able to recover it (please don’t try to retrieve the item yourself!). However, we have noticed the amount of trash in the exhibits increase significantlyRead more

Just a dream

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you already know that the animal department has been under a lot of construction for a while now. We’ve added a new extension to the building, gotten our kitchen remodeled, had new flooring installed to part of our hall, and most recently we have installed a large walk-in freezer. Now, I say “most recently” very loosely. Why, you might ask?  Because the freezer parts have actually been here since September ofRead more

Christmas 2011

A fairly uneventful Christmas 2011 is over. I am delayed in getting this post up as the Blog was apparently down. The day went like so: I arrived at 5:15 AM.  Saturday, I asked Marilyn to “set me up well” for the day, and she did just that, along with the added instruction list. I did not know that Ladybelle Ferret “liked” warm water in her carnivore care food so that was particularly helpful to know. I checked on theRead more

QuikPost: Mikey’s desk is clean!!

Being that we are animal keepers, you can probably imagine we spend far more time cleaning our animals’ spaces than we do cleaning our own. At work our space is the Animal Department office, and you can see from the picture below that it is a bit disheveled! However, you also have to keep in mind that there are six of us who share a space that is approximately 10 feet by 18 feet in size! Some of the keepers’Read more