Category Archives: Exhibits

Meet the Animal Curator: Liz Hile at the Living Desert in Palm Springs

Describe your job: As Curator of Animals, I manage Animal Department personnel and the animal collection, but not on the front lines like the Keepers do. I am responsible for the overall health and welfare of the animal collection.  I … Continue reading

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Enter The LAIR

Today, the Los Angeles Zoo will open its doors to its newest exhibit: The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles). Encompassing six diversely themed exhibits, The LAIR is home to more than 60 unique and endangered species. The exhibit features both indoor … Continue reading

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Penguins Plunge at the Calgary Zoo

Four species of penguins now inhabit the Calgary Zoo’s $24.5 million Penguin Plunge exhibit that opened mid February 2012. The exhibit houses four of the 18 species of penguin – Humboldt, gentoo, king and rockhopper, and will eventually have over 50 … Continue reading

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Meet the Director of Animal Operations: Pete Mohan at the Akron Zoological Park

Describe your job: Oversight of animal husbandry at Akron Zoological Park. How long have you been in the position? Two years What in your background helped you get the job? Previous management experience What’s your favorite thing about job?  Participating in exhibit … Continue reading

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A Different Perspective: Tree Top Trails at the Philadelphia Zoo

  A red-capped mangebey exploring Philadelphia Zoo’s Tree Top Trails. Copyright Philadelphia Zoo. It’s been a while since I’ve highlighted an exhibit on Explore, but the Philadelphia’s Zoo’s new Treetop Trail caught my imagination.   The Treetop Trail is a system … Continue reading

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Meet the Chef – the Bird Chef that is: Loribeth Aldrich, Aviculturist at the Tennessee Aquarium

Describe your job:    I am an aviculturist at the Tennessee Aquarium.  My daily duties include feeding, cleaning and caring for gentoo and macaroni penguins, hyacinth macaws, and native southeastern birds such as hooded mergansers, eastern bluebirds, and cedar waxwings. I … Continue reading

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Saving Baloo: Zoo Boise’s Work With Sloth Bears

Commonly attributed as the character “Baloo” in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, the sloth bear has a long history alongside humans.  Unfortunately, its history outside of children’s novels hasn’t been so heartwarming. Dating back to the 13th century, sloth … Continue reading

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Meet the Curator: Ken Howell, Curator of Rainforest Exhibits at the National Aquarium

Describe your job: I manage the Upland Amazon Rainforest, portions of the Amazon River Forest exhibits, and the Sea Cliffs exhibit.  In order to care for the various exhibit inhabitants my staff includes aviculturists, herpetologists, and a horticulturist.  I am … Continue reading

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CONNECT with Elephants

  I remember the first time I saw elephants in the wild.  It was in Kruger National Park in eastern South Africa. I had been in the park for three days – and oddly enough, had yet to see an … Continue reading

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Meet the Outreach Coordinator: Lara Kirkendall, Sacramento Zoo

Today we meet Lara Kirkendall the Outreach Coordinator and Interpretive Center Supervisor at the Sacramento Zoo.  Describe your job: I manage the Interpretive Center, where all the live animal programming happens. I am responsible for the care, feeding, maintenance, and … Continue reading

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