Category — General Zoo
Here at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden we are gearing up for our first ever American burying beetle (ABB) reintroduction! Over the past year my wonderful volunteers, coworkers and I have raised an army of these federally endangered beauties to release at the nearby Fernald Preserve. The date is set, and the beetles are ready to go. On the 13th of May we will set free over 200 ABBs!
It is wonderfully poetic that an endangered species is to be released at such a rehabilitated location. The Fernald Preserve was born through environmental remediation. It is the product of a super fund ($4.4 billion) clean-up, managed by the US Department of Energy and opened in 2006. It was formerly the Feed Materials Production Center, which ceased operations in 1989. Fernald is now home to gorgeous upland and riparian forests, prairies, savannahs, and wetlands. It now provides habitats for over 200 species of birds, 30 species of mammals, 28 species of reptiles and amphibians, 19 species of fish and immeasurable numbers of invertebrates.
As I talked about in my previous blog, ABBs have a strange but important role in our environment. Each pair of beetles released will be placed in the ground with some carrion upon which they will raise their larvae. I’ll return to Fernald two weeks after the release to check on the breeding success. Two months later hundreds of brand new wild-born ABBs will emerge from the ground ready to play their part in the ecosystem as decomposers.
May 9, 2013 No Comments
This year during spring break camp, many campers learned how to train goats! Here are videos of the campers and goats in action!
April 29, 2013 No Comments
Wilhelmina, Rinaldo, and their baby Bobbie continue to impress people with their movement and jumps. This trio is by far the leader of cuteness in our zoo! Their keepers, Matt and Stephanie and myself continue to work with them Fri, Sat and Sun at 2:30, allowing our guests an up close and personal look at this incredible species. The trio will go outside when it gets a little warmer!
Berit, the female polar bear that we trained to accept injections, is now learning to present other areas of her body and to lay down. She has been such a wonderful animal to work with. She is so responsive and it’s really neat to watch her thought process as she works out each problem and tries so hard to please. Watching her keepers work with her so closely and seeing their relationship with her grow in such a positive direction has been especially fulfilling.
We are still waiting (and waiting and waiting) to find out if she is pregnant or not. We should know in the next week or two. Lets all keep our fingers crossed!!! [Read more →]
April 4, 2013 No Comments