Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Zoo - The Marine Side

Lately, I have had the opportunity to observe/work with some of the marine mammals at the zoo.  As it turns out, I LOVE THE MARINE ANIMALS!!  They are so fun and interesting to watch.  The keepers that I work with have been spoiling me beyond belief and have been letting me do lots of fun things.

This is Lucy, one of the harbor seals!

They let me feed them all the time!

This is Arura the walrus.  She is one of my favorites.  She can do LOTS of tricks.  I have a couple videos that show some of them.
My keepers gave me a painting from Arura!  It was pretty cool to watch her paint.  They would put the paint on a plastic board and then she would rub her whiskers in the paint.  They would then hold up a canvas and she would rub her paint-covered whiskers on the canvas.  I got a picture with her and her masterpiece.
She loves to check new people out and came right up to my face and started feeling me with her whiskers.  I have also had the opportunity to feed and kiss her!

These next ones are from the 'dry side' where I usually work.
I tried to get a video of one of the tigers roaring.  There is a radio on in the background but hopefully you can still hear it.

For enrichment, we put pepermint extract on these logs.  Petya, our male tiger, LOVES it.

I also love the gibbons call and tried to get a video of them

As always, my pandas

More lemurs