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Conservation | Birds

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SAVING AFRICAN PENGUINS | Hugh  buttonLink

SAVING AFRICAN PENGUINS

On June 23, 2000, an ecological disaster occurred when the ore carrier MV Treasure sank off the coast of South Africa between Dassen and Robben Islands near Cape Town which supported two of the largest colonies of the African Penguin (Spheniscus demerus) in the world. Tens of thousands of penguins were in danger of dying from the oil that was surrounding their breeding beaches. A cry went out worldwide to zoos and aquariums for assistance. They sought the expertise of these facilities to help deal with this disaster. The Aquarium of the Pacific responded to the call by sending their aviculturist Karen Anderson.

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Education | Volunteering | Birds

American Goldeneyes Land at the Aquarium of the Pacific. | Corinne  buttonLink

American Goldeneyes Land at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Two female and two male American Goldeneyes, (Bucephala clangula Americana) now in quarantine, are destined for the Shorebird Sanctuary ecosystem sometime in January 2008.

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Sharks

Monday, January 14, 2008

New Tenant and Other Shark Lagoon News | Leah  buttonLink

New Tenant and Other Shark Lagoon News

The new tenant, a bowmouth guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma), has moved from our quarantine area into Shark Lagoon with the bull sharks departure.

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Invertebrates

Friday, January 11, 2008

Live Coral | David  buttonLink

Live Coral

Every public aquarium must have a live coral exhibit because that is the epitome of aquaria. Nothing is more beautiful or more difficult to maintain than a coral reef aquarium. Thanks to Amy I was able to find out about the upkeep of the live coral exhibit.

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Education | Volunteering | Fish

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I’m Back! | Brittany  buttonLink

I’m Back!

As I returned to the Aquarium to resume my volunteering, I discovered that a few things have changed since my last visit!

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Education | Volunteering | Birds | Fish

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

German Guests Get Private Tour | Josie  buttonLink

German Guests Get Private Tour

Through my blog, I met two of the nicest people, who came from Germany to visit Long Beach for two days before embarking on a cruise to Mexico and Puerto Rico. The day ended with a $20 donation to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s education department.

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Conservation | Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, January 03, 2008

WHALE WATCHING 101 | Hugh  buttonLink

WHALE WATCHING 101

Going on a whale watching trip with the aquarium? Want to know what you might see? Worried about seasickness? Here are some tips from an avid whale watcher.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Friday, December 28, 2007

Counting Down to 2008 | Staci  buttonLink

As much as I love writing about animals, I think I’m going to take this blog entry in a different direction.  As we get ready to bid farewell to another year, I always like to think back and reflect on year’s past.  When I first interviewed to volunteer at the Aquarium, all I could think about was being able to learn about and help care for an awesome collection of animals.  What I didn’t count on, however, was the amazing group of dedicated individuals that I would get to work with and learn from!

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Education | Volunteering

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Kindergarten Is Great for People of All Ages | Josie  buttonLink

Kindergarten Is Great for People of All Ages

Going to kindergarten can be loads of fun, even when you’re an adult like me. I greatly enjoy my monthly forays back into the classroom worlds of little children, where I get to see the enthusiasm and lust for learning that one experiences when young.

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Volunteering | Mammals

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

HOLIDAYS WITH THE CRITTERS | Hugh  buttonLink

HOLIDAYS WITH THE CRITTERS

There are only a few days out of the year where the Aquarium of the Pacific is closed to the public. One of them is Christmas day. However, like working on a farm, people who care for animals can’t all take the whole day off because the fishes, mammals and birds still need to be fed and tended to, so on Christmas day there will be a small cadre of husbandry staff spending the holiday with the critters.

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