Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy National Zoo Keeper Week!

This week is National Zookeeper Week. This national celebration is in recognition of Zookeepers, aquarists, and the animal care professionals in our nation's zoological parks and aquariums. Zookeepers serve as animal care experts, frontline educators, and conservationists. So if you pass a keeper or aquarist this week, please take a moment to thank them for their dedication to the animal care profession.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tortoise Home Makeover

Thanks to the help of the horticulture and maintenance staff, the Galapagos Tortoises received an exhibit makeover. New boulders were placed in the yard as a barrier to prevent exploration into the bird yard pool and new sod was laid for the tortoises to enjoy. In their night holding, old mulch and dirt was completely removed allowing for a thorough cleaning of the ventilation and heat system and new, fluffy mulch was put in. Marco and Erwin appear quite content in their made-over holding and exhibit. Thanks again to everyone who worked so hard to make the tortoises "happy".