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Animal Updates | Mammals | Volunteering

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vanity, Thy Name is Otter | Hugh  buttonLink

Vanity, Thy Name is Otter

Brook the sea otter experiences a mirror for the first time.

Brook the sea otter experiences a mirror, and sees herself for the first time.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Volunteering

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Meet an Aviculturist | Sara  buttonLink

Meet an Aviculturist

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!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Pair of Masked Booby Birds and More! | Julien  buttonLink

A Pair of Masked Booby Birds and More!

October was a great month for whale watching and we even spotted more than just whales, dolphins, and pinnipeds! We got some rare avian visitors who stayed in town for eight days straight! The masked boobies were stealing the show for many of our trips and bird enthusiasts came from miles to see these rarities. Read on to read about these birds and see some great photos!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Food Treats for Lorikeets! | Dominique  buttonLink

Food Treats for Lorikeets!

What I wouldn’t do for a nice cool smoothie on a warm day… I think sometimes our Lorikeets feel the same way! Giving food to animals can be a great form of enrichment. Food is an excellent motivator and presenting it in a new or unique way can elicit foraging behaviors and even encourage problem solving strategies.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Volunteering

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lorikeets Help Carve a Halloween Pumpkin | Hugh  buttonLink

Lorikeets Help Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

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.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Pinata for the Birds | Dominique  buttonLink

A Pinata for the Birds

Birds are smart. And they like to chew… a lot. This can make creating enrichment items for them quite challenging. Staccie, one of my fellow enrichment volunteers, created a stimulating piñata as an enrichment item for one of our toughest “clients”—Lola the Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newsom the Penguin Explores the Guest Side of the Exhibit | Hugh  buttonLink

Newsom the Penguin Explores the Guest Side of the Exhibit

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.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Arts | Enrichment | Volunteering

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus | Dominique  buttonLink

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus

Part 2

Part 2 of my adventures in building an enrichment object that would allow our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, to paint.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Arts | Enrichment

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus | Dominique  buttonLink

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus

Part 1

Many of you have seen the seals and sea lions painting as an enrichment activity. Some zoos and aquariums even have elephants, giraffes and rhinos paint. If these smart mammals can do it, why can’t our octopus, the smartest invertebrate at the Aquarium? We decided to give our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, the chance to try.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fins and Minkes: The Other Guys! | Julien  buttonLink

Fins and Minkes: The Other Guys!

The blue whale definitely took center stage this summer with their amazing displays of size and appetite, but what about their smaller cousins? The blues have continued to give us great trips with their surface lunge feeding but the fin whales and minkes have also been around feeding along with the blues on the krill! Read on to learn about these other guys!

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