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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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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Monday, March 24, 2008

Harpo & Milo Have Arrived in the Seal & Sea Lion Habitat! | Staci  buttonLink

Harpo & Milo Have Arrived in the Seal & Sea Lion Habitat!

It’s been about a month since my last update on Harpo and Milo, our two youngest California sea lions. It’s my pleasure to report that this past Thursday, March 20, these two frisky pinnipeds joined the rest of our flippered family in the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat and now you can come and welcome them, too!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Volunteering

Monday, February 25, 2008

Behind-the-Scenes Sea Lion Update & Sustainable Seafood Day | Staci  buttonLink

Behind-the-Scenes Sea Lion Update & Sustainable Seafood Day

Milo and Harpo are still working hard with their trainers on new behaviors and living it up in their home behind-the-scenes. 

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Welcome Odin, our newest California sea lion! | Staci  buttonLink

Welcome Odin, our newest California sea lion!

I’m pleased to report that we have another new addition to our pinniped family at the Aquarium! A rescued two-year-old male California sea lion joined current residents Miller, Parker, Shelby, Ellie, and newcomer Troy this past Thursday in the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat. I encourage everyone to come on out and see Odin living it up in his new home.  Isn’t it nice when a rescue story has a happy ending?

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Animal Updates | Sharks

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bonnethead Sharks | Leah  buttonLink

Bonnethead Sharks

A New Addition to the Shark Lagoon Family!

We have a new addition to the Shark Lagoon family, a bonnethead shark. These sharks have a head shape similar to a hammerhead. It is so cute! Our newest addition is about 46 centimeters (18 inches) long on its way to a length of about 0.7-1 m (2.3-3.3 ft.). It is adjusting well to its new home and eating well on a diet of restaurant quality seafood.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Friday, August 31, 2007

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Seal & Sea Lion Habitat! | Staci  buttonLink

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Seal & Sea Lion Habitat!

He’s handsome, he’s covered in fur, and he’s the newest resident of our Seal and Sea Lion Habitat! Meet Troy, our three-year-old male harbor seal. This past Thursday was Troy’s big day, as he was released into the 211,000 gallon Seal and Sea Lion Habitat to meet current residents Shelby, Ellie, Miller, and Parker. Since Troy’s arrival, many guests have asked me where our marine mammals come from so I’d like to take the opportunity to address that question here in my blog.

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Animal Updates | Sharks | Volunteering

Monday, August 27, 2007

Washing, Raking, and Cleaning | Leah  buttonLink

Washing, Raking, and Cleaning

The Glamour of Shark Lagoon

Getting to feed the sharks is a great opportunity, but it also includes a lot of hard work!

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Animal Updates | Fish | Volunteering

Friday, August 24, 2007

I Am A Dreamer… | David  buttonLink

I Am A Dreamer…

... A Fish Dreamer!

I dream about fish all day which is a good thing, since I am an aquarist volunteer.

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Animal Updates | Fish | Education

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Josie’s Day, Captaining Her Team | Josie  buttonLink

Josie’s Day, Captaining Her Team

Being a volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific is like owning about 12,500 of some of the world’s most glorious and exotic pets!

Even though working as an Exhibit Interpreter and Day Captain for the Education Department can be exhausting, it is a most enjoyable way to tire out; the hours fly by because the pace often is quite hectic.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Friday, August 17, 2007

A Day in the Life of Staci, a Mammalogy Volunteer | Staci  buttonLink

A Day in the Life of Staci, a Mammalogy Volunteer

My name is Staci, and I’ve been a mammalogy volunteer since September of 2006. Marine mammals have always been my favorite animals, so you can imagine what a thrill it is for me to be able to work with them on a weekly basis!  It’s a lot more work than you may think, but it’s definitely worth it. In my blog I will be talking about my experiences in mammalogy, as well as relevant conservation issues involving our amazing marine friends.

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