Hello Team! This season is going to be great! 2013 season officially starts on March 16th!
Here is our updated Part Time Animal Encounters Manual 2013
UPDATE from Dr. Terri Roth (Spring 2013)
The keepers worked with Megan-Kate to condition Berit for hormone injections this season. Berit received two injections, came into estrus several days after the second injection and mated off and on with Little One for 11 days. We suspect she has ovulated and will not be seen mating anymore this season. A similar trial is underway at another zoo so we are slowly building our data base on the female polar bear's response to hormones that should induce ovarian activity and ovulation (if they work in this species). The fecal hormone data matched with the behavioral mating activities will be very helpful in determining how to time AI in the future. Who knows, the hormones could even help Berit conceive! We are only monitoring fecal hormone concentrations in a few bears this year. A few females are being monitored in collaboration with some other scientists studying hormones in urine who want our fecal data as a point of comparison. We are also monitoring a few sub-adults as a part of a study on sexual maturation in this species. Erin is continuing to study targeted fecal proteins that we think might lead to a definitive pregnancy test. Another very preliminary study (but one the public will probably like) is a project Erin initiated working with a group that trains sniffer dogs. She has sent the group fecal samples from pregnant and pseudopregnant bears and the dogs are learning how to distinguish between the two. Early reports are promising, but more testing needs to be done. We also continue with opportunistic semen collection and cryopreservation. Last Friday we finally recovered a very high quality sample from a male bear at the Brookfield Zoo. His semen is now safely stored in CREW's CryoBioBank.
Children's Zoo Goat Identification
Use these photos and descriptions to identify all of the goats in the Children's Zoo barn yard.
Many of you have been excitedly been asking about animal socialization this year! Of course we are going to do it as it is just as important for the animals health and well being as it is for you and the animals growing relationship with each other!
Here is a reminder of how it works. There are 7 teams. On those teams there are 7-ish people and 7-ish animals and one team mentor.
The team mentor helps out with communication with the group. If you need to switch a shift, have questions about an animal, or the program itself they can help.
Your team, lets call it “Team 1” is in charge of 7-ish animals (you will get a complete list). The thought is that there is at least one person per 7 days of the week so the animals get worked with at least once a day. It is your responsibility to work with the animal for 15 mins each on your day or to get it covered from someone else on your team. So we assign you to a group, and day(s) (based on your availability) and everyone is happy!!