Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hi! I’m Sara, an aviculturist at the Aquarium of the Pacific. What is an aviculturist? Well, it’s a very lucky person that gets to care for the bird collection at the Aquarium of the Pacific. In this blog, you will get a glimpse into what being an aviculturist is all about. By the end of my blog, you may just become a bigger bird nerd than me!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Lorikeets turn into Piranha-keets for Halloween
The lorikeets of Lorikeet Forest decided that the Halloween pumpkin they were given wasn’t scary enough so they proceeded to carve some improvements into it using their beaks. Check out the time-lapse video of their work.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Newsom the penguin decided to explore the penguin under-look for the first time at the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit recently. Check out the video of him watching his penguin mates from the guest perspective.
Part 2 of my adventures in building an enrichment object that would allow our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, to paint.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I’m sure many of you, over your visits to the Aquarium, have noticed chew- toys in the otter exhibit, lorikeets picking at carved pumpkins or melons, discarded parts from a popular, potato-faced children’s toy outside the octopus’s cave, and the sea lions hopping on and jumping off floating rafts in their exhibit. These are all types of animal enrichment.
Fall in line and prepare to smile. The penguin chicks are on the march!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Training a shark to participate in its own husbandry care.
How do you get a nearly 8 foot long free swimming shark out of the water for a checkup? With a sea lion or sea otter the animal can be trained to get into a transport kennel when asked. Nicky, an Aquarium of the Pacific aquarist, decided to train Fern the Zebra Shark to willingly swim onto a transport stretcher using the same training techniques used to train marine mammals.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Penguin Soap Opera Continues
The Penguin love triangle that involved the fair maiden from Brazil, the old veteran from San Diego and the young stud from San Francisco has produced a couple of cute chicks. It has also produced a strange twist in the Penguin Soap Opera in the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit.
Friday, August 16, 2013
As I was leaving the exhibit after a recent pinniped presentation a little kid excitedly ran up to me just say “I like your seal the best!” The “seal” I was working with that day was Harpo the Sea Lion. This charismatic raspberry-blowing member of the species Zalophus californianus had made another fan!
Thursday, August 01, 2013
And aerial view of the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2000
Back at the turn of the century I took some aerial shots of the Aquarium of the Pacific. These images show the young facility in its original configuration. In honor of the Aquarium’s 15th Anniversary I’d like to share this shots in this week’s blog.