Monthly Archives: February 2012

Meet the Curator of Horticulture: Sheryl Heydt of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Describe your job: As the Curator of Horticulture, my job is to care for our large collection of plants and trees on a 135 acre property. My duties include working with contractors and staff to make the zoo campus look … Continue reading

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: An Extinction Update

Amphibian populations are declining around the world, and two recent stories caught my eye: one hopeful and one sad.   In 2011, Texas suffered from devastating wildfires. It was feared that the fires in Bastrop County may have killed off the … Continue reading

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Rocket Stoves, Lemurs and Reforestation

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and its Malagasy affiliate, the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership NGO, are helping to improve people’s lives in Kianjavato, Madagascar, while facilitating the preservation of forest fragments that sustain important populations of the critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur … Continue reading

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Meet the Associate Curator: Chris Schreiber at the Georgia Aquarium

Describe your job. I work with the team responsible for taking care of our Ocean Voyager exhibit. This exhibit houses four whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, and four manta rays, the first and only mantas in the … Continue reading

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Leap for Amphibians with FrogWatch USA

With Leap Year adding an extra day to your calendar, take a giant leap for amphibians by joining FrogWatch USA, the flagship citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  FrogWatch USA allows individuals and families to … Continue reading

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Meet the Director of Animal Collections: Connie Philipp at the Nashville Zoo

Describe your job: I am currently the Director of Animal Collections at the Nashville Zoo. I essentially oversee the animal care, veterinary and education staff’s. While my career started with the care of animals only, now I have the care … Continue reading

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AZA Zoos and Aquariums Spent $130 Million to Conserve Wildlife in 2010

One of the best things about visiting an AZA accredited zoo or aquarium is that in addition to seeing hundreds of amazing animals you are also helping to protect them in the wild.  Through the support of millions of visitors, … Continue reading

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A Rabbit “Tail” From New England

I know it isn’t Easter yet, but I thought this rabbit tale from Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island  deserved a note.   The rare New England cottontail is getting help.  Biologists from the Department of Environmental Management (DEM), the U.S. … Continue reading

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