Monthly Archives: September 2011

Black-Footed Ferrets: A Reason to Celebrate

Black-footed ferrets from the Smithsonian National Zoo. We received an order where we offer letter writing services at and we had to inquire about this issue and read materials on this topic. Copyright Meghan Murphy, Smithsonian National Zoo. A year ago, if asked what “BFF” stood for, my first guess likely would not have been “Black-Footed Ferret.”  But now that I’ve been working at the Association, … Continue reading

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Meet the Curator of Conservation and Science: Kristen Lukas at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Describe your job: I oversee the Zoo’s conservation and research staff/programs and look for ways to integrate science and animal management. How long have you been in the position? Nine years. What in your background helped you get the job? … Continue reading

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Meet the Director of Education and Sustainability: Kristen Cytacki at the Palm Beach Zoo

Describe your job: I direct the Zoo’s education department and oversee our sustainability program. I am also the editor of our membership publication the Palm Beach Zoo Magazine. How long have you been in the position? I have been at … Continue reading

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Orangutans and Granola Bars

How do a West African plant and you, a consumer in America, contribute to a growing wildlife crisis in Asia?  The first part of the answer involves the African oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis) that produces an edible vegetable oil … Continue reading

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Zoo and Aquarium Community Gathers in Atlanta

This week, I’ve been lucky enough to attend AZA’s 2011 Annual Conference hosted by Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium.  With nearly 1,800 attendees and 135 AZA commercial members in the exhibit hall, it’s the place to be if you … Continue reading

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AZA Website experiencing outages

The AZA website is experiencing problems and may not be available at all times. If you are looking for information about the AZA annual conference in Atlanta, you may find it here.

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A Peach of a Conference: AZA Gets Ready for Atlanta

AZA’s Annual Conference is right around the corner (September 12th – 17th).  This year it will take place in Atlanta, Ga., and is being jointly hosted by the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta.  I can’t think of a better time … Continue reading

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Meet the Conservation Program Manager: Paula Kahn, Desert Tortoise Conservation Center

Describe your job: I manage the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC) in Las Vegas, Nev.  My job is multi-faceted and includes everything from hands-on activities related to the care of captive desert tortoises to conducting scientific research that will aid … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences: Asian Vulture Populations Brought to the Brink of Extinction

Vultures.  If you had asked me ten years ago what I thought about vultures, I would have told you “not very much.”  I’d see turkey vultures (Cathartes auara) soaring through the Maryland sky– but beyond that, I didn’t give them … Continue reading

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