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Um, excuse me, but who said that you could be THIS CUTE? ๐Ÿ˜ Echidnas have extremely poor eyesight and locate food with receptors in their noses that are sensitive to subterranean vibrations and the minute electrical fields that insects generate.#Echidnaa#Monotremee ๐Ÿ“ธ: Matt Care92
Alright friends, it's #TongueOutTuesday *and* #TapirTuesday with Manny the mountain tapir! Is this a blep? Mlem? ๐Ÿ˜›? ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘๏ธ? Let us know what you think in the commen#TapirTuesdays#TongueOutTuesdays#Tapira#MountainTapira#MannyTheMountainTapira#EndangeredSpeciescFpEr
The two Chinese goral kids that were born last month are doing well and are as cute as can be. "The older male is confident and enjoys climbing rocks," says Animal Keeper Mallory Peebles. "The younger female is definitely miss independent, like her mom." #ZooBabies #TheGoat
We love every ape we see, from chimpan-A to chimpanzee! #Johari #Chimpanzee #Chimp #Ape #Goofy #Silly #Goober ๐Ÿ“ธ: Lori Conleyr
Q: What is your favorite fact about an animal in your care? A: A snow leopardโ€™s tail is exceptionally long (around 3 feet) and large compared with other big cats. They use their tails like a scarf to cover sensitive areas, like their nose, to keep themselves warm. #NZKW #Cat
I am always delighted and surprised by how fast animals catch on to what we are asking of them. The photo is of me doing a training session with Georgina (the female snow leopard) for a voluntary injection.
I was able to train our howler monkeys to voluntarily go into a crate which eased any transportation needs. I was able to train our snow leopards a voluntary injection behavior so they would not have to be darted from afar for medical procedures, which reduces a lot of stress.
Q: What is your favorite part of the job? A: My favorite part of being a zookeeper is training. Being able to train husbandry and medical behaviors helps avoid stress from sedation, veterinary visits, and more.
The animals we take care of are like family members to us and when we see them thrive, we rejoice. When they pass, we mourn. With all of the highs and lows, we are always learning how to improve the lives of the animals we take care of.
Some of the best parts of the job is bonding with animals in my care, successfully training husbandry behaviors, and providing stimulating enrichment. Zookeeping takes a tremendous amount of physical and emotional strength.
Q: What is it like being a zookeeper? A: Being a zookeeper is very rewarding. It is my dream career, and I would never want to be doing anything else.
What's it like being an animal keeper? In honor of #NationalZooKeeperWeek, we posed that question and more to members of the Zoo's Animal Care team. Next up is Sarah Hernandez, a zookeeper in the South American primate/carnivore section.
Q: What is your favorite fact about an animal in your care? A: One of my favorite snakes is the Gaboon #Viper at the LAIR. They have the longest fangs of any #snake, measuring in at two inches long! Itโ€™s super cool to see a glimpse of their #fangs when we feed them. #NZKW
You can never stop learning and growing! Iโ€™m so proud to be a zookeeper and get to work here with incredible animals. I hope our guests appreciate our zoo and its mission as well!
Q: What is your favorite part of the job? A: My favorite part of zookeeping is that I am always learning something new everyday. From discovering new (to me) species and observing animal behaviors, to conservation applications and training techniques.
I also love working with my coworkers. Everyone supports each other and because weโ€™re all connected in our a passion for wildlife. We all represent a larger community of stewards advocating for wildlife and the environment through our service.
It is so special because these are endangered species that you normally would only see in their natural habitats around the world. We are able to watch the animals grow from tiny eggs to full grown adults, some even eventually be released back into the wild.
Q: What is it like being a zookeeper? A: Being a zookeeper at the Los Angeles Zoo is truly rewarding because I get to physically and emotionally invest in the animals we care for each day.
What's it like being an animal keeper? In honor of #NationalZooKeeperWeek, we posed that question and more to members of the Zoo's Animal Care team. This is Liliana Hidalgo, a part-time keeper with Reptiles and Amphibians.
Q: What is your favorite fact about an animal in your care? A: The Gray's Monitor #lizard is an obligate frugivore, meaning they primarily eat fruit. That is very unique, because over 99% of all other monitor lizard species are strict carnivores. #NationalZookeeperWeek #NZKW2021
We have had great success breeding the endangered C.A. endemic mountain yellow legged frogs, as well as so many more rare and important reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate species.
Reproducing animals to release into the wild and creating insurance populations of endangered species is very important to me.
Q: What is your favorite part of the job? A: My favorite part of my job is breeding and participating in the Species Survival Plan of the wide variety of rare animals in my department.
Q: What is it like being a zookeeper? A: It is very busy and interesting being a zookeeper. Everyday is a new day. There is always something going on, and tasks to do. I am constantly learning new things and challenging myself to improve the care of the animals.
What's it like being an animal keeper? In honor of #NationalZooKeeperWeek, we posed that question and more to members of the Zoo's Animal Care team. Here is Jeromy Chenault, a zookeeper in the Reptile, Amphibian, Fish, & Invertebrate Department.
Due to technical issues, we were not able to stream live on our website. We will publish a recording of the presentation there later today. Stay tuned!
Due to technical difficulties, this livestream has not yet started. Watch this space for updates. Thank you! twitter.com/LAZoo/status/1โ€ฆ
โฐ10 a.m. PDT today: #LAZoo Director of Conservation Dr. Jake Owens will unveil the Zoo's bold new path forward. Learn more and view the livestream at lazoo.org/save-wildlife/ twitter.com/LAZoo/status/1โ€ฆ
Q: What is your favorite fact about an animal in your care? A: Wild gerenuk can survive without drinking a drop of water. Adapted to living in harsh dry climates, they are able to get all of the moisture they need from the leaves and foliage that they eat. #NZKW ๐Ÿ“ธ: Mike Elliott1
Biologist Jake Owens gives us a sneak peek at @LAZoo's new conservation strategic plan, which tackles environmental justice, the illegal animal trade, and more. buff.ly/2W1wY9T
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Q: What is your favorite part of the job? A: My favorite part about being a zookeeper is seeing the positive impact and outcome of my work in the health and well being of the animals.
Being a nursery keeper, I have hand-reared lots of animals over the years, including lots of hoofstock species like gerenuk, duiker, and speke's gazelle. This is a field where you never stop learning and growing, therefore it is very stimulating.
Q: What is it like being a zookeeper? A: Being a keeper is challenging, exhausting and emotionally taxing, but ultimately very rewarding, fascinating and yes, really the best job in the world!
What's it like being an animal keeper? In honor of #NationalZooKeeperWeek, we posed that question and more to members of the Zoo's Animal Care team. Next, is Nicki Piepers, the Primary Nursery Keeper.
VID: Slideshow of critically endangered animals (gorilla, CA condor, gharial, Asian elephant) with text: "The L.A. Zoo is charting a bold new path forward. With pride, passion, and purpose. Toward a just and sustainable world where people and wildlife thrive, together. Join us."
Join us LIVE on 7/22 at 10 a.m. PDT for the official launch of the Zoo's Conservation Strategic Plan. The time to act is now, to drive change and empower one another. Help us create a just & sustainable world where people & wildlife thrive, together. lazoo.org/save-wildlife
Q: What is your favorite fact about an animal in your care? A: When flamingos feed their young, they produce a nutritious liquid called crop milk. It is red, and looks like blood. Adults will feed crop milk from their own mouths to young until the chicks bill develops fully.
Being able to experience and see flamingos at a different level than reading from books or watching a movie is so important. I also love educating the public about flamingos in general, like how they are extremely long-lived, and have multiple sub-species.
When guests meet or see the flamingos, they walk away less afraid of birds, and have a new appreciation for flamingos. I even have had people tell me that flamingos are now their favorite animals!
Q: What is your favorite part of the job? A: My favorite part is sharing the flamingos with the public. Seeing the public's perception and perspective of flamingos change for the better is an incredible feeling.
I feel so much satisfaction from caring for the physical, mental, and emotional needs of our animals. My goal is to enrich their individual lives as much as possible every single day.
Q: What is it like being a zookeeper? A: Being a zookeeper isn't just a normal job; it is a career of passion. It is like being paid to do your favorite activity every day. Zookeeping is a part of my identity. I feel a huge responsibility for every single animal under my care.
What's it like being an animal keeper? In honor of #NationalZooKeeperWeek, we posed that question and more to members of the Zoo's Animal Care team. Up first is Kimberly Garcia of the flamingo and aviary section.
L.A. Zoo keepers work hard to care for our animals, and many of them also work to capture incredible photos and videos that we can share with all of you. We've been able to show views of the work they do every day to keep our animals happy and healthy. #NationalZooKeeperWeek
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