Don’t Let Them Go! (Part 3)

Okay, here we go again!  Now it’s time for some species specifics on a few of the more common released pets that can turn into invasive species.  You’ve probably seen or even had some of these animals sometime as they’re pretty common in the pet trade.  This is Part 3 kiddos, so if you want a recap of our earlier fun click here for Part 1 or Part 2.  Or click here just because it has nothing to do withRead more

Don’t Let Them Go! (Part 2)

Hello and welcome back to the Wonderful World of Mikey!  (Formerly Mikey-vision, but budget cuts forced me to adopt a used and cheaper name to copyright infringe upon)  🙂  This is the second installment of a post (click here for the first part) I had started where we talked about various exotic pets and the very bad practice of letting them go when they were no longer wanted or able to be cared for.  We had talked about the manyRead more

Don’t Let Them Go!

Okay guys and dolls, it’s time to wrap your minds around a bit of a concept that can seem like a good idea at the time, but can later have very negative effects.  No, I’m not talking about dating your second cousin, I’m talking about what to do with your unwanted pets.  So many people get something little and cute and it seems great at the time, but then it keeps growing, or gets to be alot of work orRead more

Pet worms

We order Superworms to feed to our critters. That’s right, the are called “Superworms”.  They are big, and they are not really worms, but rather a larval stage of a beetle. A bill came in last week, and instead of saying “superworms” it said “PET” mealworms. Volunteer Annie specifically does not spend anytime with the superworms as she gets attached and has even named them. She’ll be amused to see that someone else thinks of them as “pets” too.Read more

Exotic Pets…Not the Best Idea…

Hello out there!  My name is Mikey, and I’m one of the newer animal keepers at the museum.  I’ve worked in other zoological facilities, been up and down the east coast, and am glad to call Durham my new home.  I’ve been learning the ropes and enjoying the animals (especially training the bears with Katy) and in general having a blast at my new job. One thing I have noticed though that happens here just like in other zoos I’veRead more