Wow! I just heard that our former gorilla, Timmy, is turning 50 on Saturday! Not that I need anything else to remind me how time flies, but this milestone certainly brings back many memories of our beloved Timmy. I was asked to write a blog to recall my experiences with Timmy while he resided here (one recollected in a previous blog
), but after reminiscing, I realized the memory I cherish most is how Timmy demonstrated to all of us how surprisingly resilient animals can be.
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Zookeepers and the animals they care for develop unique relationships that would probably surprise the average zoo visitor (i.e., it's not like you see on TV).
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If preparing a big turkey dinner for all your relatives this Thanksgiving has you feeling a little overwhelmed, just imagine how the animal keepers at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo must feel. They’ll be preparing Thanksgiving feasts for the Zoo’s nearly 3,000 animals – and, yes, there are plenty of picky eaters in the bunch. The Roar Report has your sneak peek at the menu.
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Blog reader Linda asked (in a comment) about Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's African lions Moufasa and Chloe: their ages, where they originate from and the relationship between them. The Zoo's Animal Care insider/blogger gives us the answer.
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In part 1, I wrote about the qualifications we look for in potential Zookeeper candidates. In this blog, I will share with you some of the challenges you can expect to encounter when you begin pursuing this career.
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In commenting on my first blog, Cindy was interested in our gorillas and asked how their personalities differ. Because people ask me things like this all the time, I wanted to share more than just a comment. So read on to find out more about the Zoo's two male gorillas and check out one of my little gorilla anecdotes.
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Ever wonder what it takes to be a zookeeper? I will tell you what our basic requirements are and tell you what we look for in zookeeper candidates. I will also give you some insight into some aspects of a zoo career that you may not have thought of before.
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If you see an animal keeper at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo this week, stop and say thanks for all that they do to care for animals.
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If you haven't noticed lately, the Roar Report is getting more interesting by the day and we're adding new bloggers all the time. The newest, one of the Zoo's Animal Care Managers, will be giving you the inside scoop on animals and exhibits and will try to answer any questions you might have for him. He'll take it from here....
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