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My Life Is A Zoo

This is where I will post interesting (or not so interesting) things that happen in my life. The subject matter will include any random things that I decide to put in (including animals, my work, my hobbies and my family).

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Yeah....I know...

I guess Jack decided he wanted to watch something on TV. He stole the remote....

And the answer was "no" when I asked for it back....

(and no, this was not a staged shot...I looked over at him on the couch and found him like this!)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

More Tigers....

We had a group of photographers come through the zoo for a tour one day. The Indochinese tiger exhibit was one of the stops. So we decided to hang up one of our *HUGE* boomer balls for the boys to play with. As you can see, it was a *big* hit!

We also spread meatballs around the front of the exhibit to encourage the boys to come up front so the photographers could get some good shots (which I think they did). This is Jammu, checking to make sure he got all of the meat off the log.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Fossa Enrichment

Hansel, the Fossa, problem solving how to get his rat (yes, it's already dead):


Lindi: December, 1987 - February 2007

Photo by a friend and coworker of mine, obituary by of a member of our media department.

On October 31, 1988 Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and federal authorities conducted a drug raid at a Kansas farm. Deputies and federal agents entered a large barn on the farm, thinking they would find the building filled with bales of marijuana. They were right, but they also found a big surprise. Actually, three big surprises. Three African lions.

In June, 1989 all three arrived at the Zoo on loan from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department by way of Topeka Zoological Park. We got to know them as Bruno, Lindi, and Kili.

On Monday an era ended at the Zoo with the passing of Lindi. In the Zoo pride, she was always the dominant female on exhibit. And when the training window was completed in May we all saw on exhibit what the keepers had known for some time from their off exhibit experience – Lindi was the tug of war champion.

Lindi is survived by her niece Celesto who turns 17 in June and Boris, Lindi’s nephew who lives at the Dallas Zoo.


We'll miss you Lindi.

For a good article on geriatric animals and the care they need and receive click here. This is talks about the St Louis Zoo but it applies to Houston as well.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Lindi, Celesto and Jonathan

Here are some pictures of our Pride:

Jonathan, Celesto, Lindi

And you would be looking at ... what?

I'm ignoring you.....

Celesto - getting ready to cause trouble...

Celesto - the only time she's *not* getting into trouble...

Jonathan - looking handsome...

Lindi - relaxed...

Tigers turn to get a treat...

(*backdated post)

So, today the Tigers got some bone in meat (which is what Jonathan got last week). Talk about exciting times! It was pouring down rain but we still had quite a turn out for the event. This is the second time we've done this as a paid, member only event. Here are some pictures:

I've got it!!!

Here's a closer look...

All mine... (yes, there is a tiger there...)