Category — Volunteen
Okay, today ranged anywhere from Guinea Pigs to Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. People might not call that normal, but as a VolunTeen you could say that”s the usual. I started out with a big bin of Guinea Pigs for the first part of my shift. Guinea Pigs used to live in the wild in South America and were called “Cavies”. Then they were discovered by Spanish explorers and eventually domesticated. If you visit South America today
you will actually find that Guinea Pigs are still raised there strictly for food, but in the US they can be found in local pet stores. Across from me Sue had out Periwinkle, a Blue-tongued Skink. These skinks are found in Australia and are of course known for their bright blue tongues. Blue-tongued Skinks are actually born live and can Technologies for high-speed transport of very large and fast are a requirement for integrating across distributed big sources and between big and operational data. live up to 20 years old. If needed the skinks can detach their tails for protection. Next, I had the Common Boa named Balboa. He just used me as his Generally, cookies provide the ability to enhance the user”s experience and enable advanced web construction-jobs.info functionality. own personal tree to wrap himself around. After that, Grace & I were taught by Dave how to handle Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. He told us that they feel like a hardwood floor and they do! Grace got a male and I got a female, males are larger and have horns on their heads, the female are smaller and have no horns. When we got them out they did hiss, like a snake, and it was louder than I had expected. They hiss by exhaling air through breathing holes which is rather unusual in insects. The males will fight for females using their horns and the winner will hiss more than a loser will. They are very important to the environment because they decompose waste and other minerals. In the end even though I wasn”t thrilled about holding a large bug, it was a cool experience. That was the end of my shift but before I left for the day I made a visit to Giraffe Ridge and made it in time for the feeding! It is awesome when these tall animals use their long blue tongues to take a cracker from your hand. I always like to recommend it to people in the Childrens Zoo!
August 17, 2010 No Comments
It was a rainy and overcast today, so there were not as many visitors as usual. Sue, Grace, Alex, and I began our shift as usual. The first hour, I had Star, a ball python, and Grace handled a Sand Boa. Despite the bad weather, we talked to
over 100 people about our
snakes. Next, Grace and I took turns with Fluffy, the African pygmy hedgehog. I showed Grace how to handle Fluffy since it was her first time with her. Fluffy is a favorite with zoo visitors. While we worked with Fluffy, Sue took out Mozart, the African hornbill. Hornbillls are also called “Firebirds” because they will fly into brush fires, making an easy meal of the insects trying to fly away from it. You can tell a female grey hornbill from a male because the female has red on the tips of their beaks–like lipstick! After returning Fluffy, I signed out Pearl an Angolan python. She got her name because of the unique texture of her scales–they feel like Trouve sur le fleuve attrayant Fox, le Grand Victoria possede beaucoup plus de 1100 machines a sous et une gamme de jeux de table dont la , Blackjack, Three Card Poker, le Caribbean Stud Poker, le Baccarat et le Craps. hundreds of little pearls. She is a beautiful snake and I was eager to show her to people, but the light rain turned into a downpour and we didn”t see too many people to talk to. When it was time to take Pearl back she got special treatment. I carried her while Sue held an umbrella over her! Pearl was probably the only one of us that didn”t get wet. Even with the rain, it was another great day working with the animals.
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Hello! Today, it”s just Grace, Sue, and I handling the animals. It was very hot, so we had to watch the animals closely to make sure they didn”t get overheated. Sue worked the goat yard while Grace showed me how to handle the newest additions
to the Children”s Zoo (CZ)-chickens! First, we headed to the kitchen in the Red Barn to prepare the chicken”s favorite treat – mealworms. While in the barn, we visit the Fennec Fox that stays in there. Fennec Foxes are known for their big bat-like ears that radiate body heat to help keep them cool in the Sahara, where they are found. You can also find these adorable foxes in other parts of Northern Africa. When you visit the zoo, see if you can find the Fennec Fox in the CZ! In the kitchen, Grace and I sift mealworms into a bowl so we can attract the chickens. All we had to do was show the chickens the bowl and they came running. Grace took a hen to show the children while Sue took me to get another animal to slot machines show. I signed out “Fluffy”, an African pygmy hedgehog. Fluffy is my favorite animal to handle even though she moves around a lot. Pygmy hedgehogs have a unique muscle called the Orbicularis Panniculi which allows them to curl up into a ball. They are insectivores (which means they eat bugs) and can live 8 to 10 years in Hard inquiries could have a negative impact on your score, especially if more than three have been made within the past 12 months. captivity, but in the wild they usually only live 2 or 3 years. If you see Fluffy in the CZ, see how many toes she has. Hedgehogs have 4 toes of their back feet and 5 toes on their front feet. When I handle Fluffy I wear gloves because of her spikes and in case she decides to nibble on me. After Fluffy, I switch with Grace and take a turn with the www.atoledo.com chickens. The VT”s are helping to train the chickens so when they hear the clicker they know they are about to get a mealworm. I let the kids hold their hands out flat and feed the chickens when they hear the click. The kids love feeding the chickens! I ended the day with a common boa constrictor named Balboa. Balboa was a young snake and we could tell this by the length of his body. Boas usually grow a foot a year so we estimate he was 2 or 3 years old. Common boas can get up to 10 feet long so Balboa still has
some growing to do. The snakes we use are fed every 2 weeks and if it is time for them to eat they are not used for handling. Even though it was very hot out, we were able to talk to a lot of guests. Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them and leave me your comments too!
July 17, 2010 Comments Off