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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Enrichment

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

One Smoothie, with a Cricket Boost! | Dominique  buttonLink

One Smoothie, with a Cricket Boost!

The otters like smoothies. The lorikeets like smoothies. Why not some of our other animals? Enrichment Intern AnnMarie makes a smoothie for our bearded dragon!

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Enrichment

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Sniffing Around | Dominique  buttonLink

Sniffing Around

How do you enrich a reptile? After seeing enrichment for birds and mammals some people are curious about enrichment for our other animals. Enrichment Intern AnnMarie uses scent to intrigue and entice our California Desert Tortoise.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Reptiles | Volunteering

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Spending Christmas Day with the Critters | Hugh  buttonLink

Spending Christmas Day with the Critters

While many were enjoying Christmas opening gifts and sipping eggnog, a dedicated group of staff members and volunteers spent the day caring for the critters of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Volunteering

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Hugh’s Aquarium Animal Cast Of Characters: Part Two | Hugh  buttonLink

Hugh’s Aquarium Animal Cast Of Characters: Part Two

The Program Reptiles

They are part of the program animal team. Often looked upon as sidekicks as they are often teamed up with the “glamour” animals, the mammals and birds, during presentations, these critters are quite interesting in their own right. They’re scaly, slithery and even slimy looking. They are the Program Reptiles of the Aquarium of the Pacific. And here are some of them.

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Volunteering

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Photographing the Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River | Hugh  buttonLink

Photographing the Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River

Learning the surfacing patterns of urban sea turtles.

Since August of 2008 my wife Pam and I have been conducting an informal survey of the green sea turtles of the San Gabriel River for the Aquarium of the Pacific. While Pam handles the data gathering portion of the research I have the responsibility of photo documenting the resident turtles of this river that runs between Los Angeles and Orange County. In this week’s blog I’d like to share a few of the images that I’ve shot this past year of these improbable urban river residents.

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Whale Watching

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blue Whale Season Isn’t Over Yet! | Kera  buttonLink

Blue Whale Season Isn’t Over Yet!

Even though our summer has winded down, the blue whales and other wildlife haven’t seemed to notice. The blue whales won’t be here for too much longer, but they’re still showing strong. On my trip out a few days ago I saw six blue whales and bottlenose dolphins! What a trip!

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Education | Amphibians | Birds | Fish | Invertebrates | Mammals | Reptiles | Turtles

Monday, June 29, 2009

“Where Can I Get One of Those?” | Staci  buttonLink

“Where Can I Get One of Those?”

Working with the Program Animals gives me the opportunity to introduce our guests to a variety of really cool animals including birds, reptiles, and terrestrial mammals.  Some of these types of animals - like Lola the sulfur crested cockatoo, Matches the bearded dragon, and Iggy the green iguana - are commonly kept as pets.  I get approached by guests all the time asking where they could acquire such a pet, or telling me about the pets they already have.  While I’m very happy there are folks out there interested in caring for animals, there are many things to take into consideration before you take on the responsibility of keeping any animal as a pet.  Knowing a lot about the animal you intend to bring home is essential, as is taking care of the unique needs of your pet!

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Conservation | Volunteering

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Animal Spotlight:  The California Desert Tortoise | Staci  buttonLink

Animal Spotlight:  The California Desert Tortoise

Earlier this year, fellow blogger and marine mammal volunteer Hugh introduced our readers to the Aquarium’s Program Animals. Just because we’re an Aquarium doesn’t mean you won’t find a few terrestrial animals here and there!  Our Program Animals, made up of a group of reptiles, birds, and mammals, serve as animal ambassadors by helping us educate our guests about the importance of the relationships between the land and the ocean, as well as promoting habitat conservation on a global scale. Keep an eye out for Melissa, our Program Keeper, and her staff because chances are good that they will have some kind of critter out on the floor for you to meet and learn about. I recently joined the family of Program Animal volunteers, and I would like to share some wonderful information with our readers about one of my favorite program animals:  Borrego, the California desert tortoise!

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Conservation | Education | Volunteering | Reptiles | Turtles

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Where Are the Sea Turtles? | Staci  buttonLink

Where Are the Sea Turtles?

That is one of those popular questions our guests ask several times a week, and I’m always happy to point them in the right direction! Two olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacae), Theo and Lou, reside in the Aquarium’s beautiful Tropical Pacific Gallery. Theo can often be seen cruising by our dive volunteers during the Tropical Reef Dive, while Lou can be frequently observed napping as you walk through the serene tropical tunnel. Helping out with the care of these magnificent creatures is one of the best parts of my aquarist volunteer days, so please read on to learn more about sea turtles!

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Education | Volunteering | Reptiles | Turtles

Monday, April 28, 2008

Chickens aren’t the only ones | Josie  buttonLink

Chickens aren’t the only ones

I spent another day with the kindergarteners at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, with which the Aquarium of the Pacific has a partnership, helping Emily teach this month’s science lesson on eggs. We showed the children that chickens aren’t the only animals that lay eggs, and they were totally amazed when they saw how large a leatherback turtle grows, after being born from an egg that is roughly the size of a ping-pong ball.

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