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Thursday, September 15

It takes a lot of supplies to keep an animal department at Zoo Atlanta running. This is especially true for a department as large as Birds and Programs Animals. Keepers need to have a ready supply of tools and materials on hand to accomplish everyday tasks. Now, you might be asking yourself, don’t you have … Continue reading "Thursday, September 15"

Tuesday, August 2

Guess what, everyone … it’s my birthday today! I’m looking forward to celebrating the day with lots of tasty food and cake, as well as spending time with my friends and family. With as many animals as we have here at Zoo Atlanta, you can probably guess that we end up celebrating quite a few … Continue reading "Tuesday, August 2"

Tuesday, May 31

Many of you may remember that earlier this year, Julius, one of our ringtailed lemurs, was ill. Fortunately, with a lot of supportive treatment from our vet staff and keepers, Julius pulled through and is currently doing great. In order to get our whole group back together, we had to first wait until the yard … Continue reading "Tuesday, May 31"

Thursday, May 19

On April 30, we celebrated Save the Rhino Day at the Zoo. We had a great turnout, with lots of interested guests and button donations that went to Save the Survivors. Save the Survivors is an organization in Africa that cares and looks after rhinos that have been victims of poaching. The reason we have … Continue reading "Thursday, May 19"

Thursday, May 12

I’m a recent addition at Zoo Atlanta and have been a Seasonal Keeper with Birds and Program Animals at the World of Wild Theater for the last month. I worked mostly with dogs prior to joining the Zoo, so this has been a bit of an adjustment. Fortunately, I have a background in animal training, … Continue reading "Thursday, May 12"

Tuesday, April 12

April 29, 2015 was just a normal Wednesday for most people, but for me it was a day I will always remember and one of the best of my zookeeping career. While I was doing the morning check of the sloth building, I noticed that Bonnie was sitting in a slightly different position. Wanting to … Continue reading "Tuesday, April 12"

Thursday, April 7

Before I began my internship with the Program Animals Department in January, I didn’t know that this department existed. Like most people, when I thought of the Zoo, the first things that came to mind were the larger animals such as the gorillas, giraffes, elephants and my favourite, the red panda. And like most people, … Continue reading "Thursday, April 7"

Thursday, March 24

This past week I had the opportunity to travel to Omaha, Nebraska for not one, but two professional conferences! The joint Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) Chair Meeting was an opportunity for experts from U.S. members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and their counterparts from around the world to come together and talk … Continue reading "Thursday, March 24"

Thursday, March 10

We reptile and amphibian keepers often get asked the same questions over and over. One of the all-time most common questions we get asked at Scaly Slimy Spectacular (especially at feeding time) is: “Why don’t we feed live mice or rats?”  Since this is such an awesome question and, since it’s one that we never … Continue reading "Thursday, March 10"

Tuesday, March 1

Thanks to a generous donation from Katherine and John Gallagher, the Hoofstock Department recently received a tamer for our giraffe barn. What is a tamer, you may ask? It is essentially a fancy chute system that makes it easier and safer for keepers and vet staff to work in close proximity with our giraffes. If … Continue reading "Tuesday, March 1"