John Ball Zoo

Zoo Keeper Notes

Keep up-to-date with all sorts of cool zoo happenings with the Zoo Keeper Notes, written by the Zoo Keepers here at John Ball Zoo.

JOHN BALL ZOO THINKS HONEY BEES ARE SWEET

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Springtime is swarm season for honey bees. As the days lengthen and temperatures warm, honey bee hives begin to work overtime drawing comb, gathering resources, and producing more bees. As soon as the first flowers of spring are in bloom the honey bee workers are gathering all of the supplies needed to have a successful year. 


 

TURNIP: TOO STINKIN' CUTE...

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I’m very excited to announce that we have a brand new addition to the animal collection at John Ball Zoo: a striped skunk named Turnip! Since she first arrived, I have been completely captivated by her! 

The Otter Physical is a Success!

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I wrote a blog a few months ago about starting voluntary injection training with our male otter Slyde. Here is an update! 

We worked with Slyde to take “practice” injections that didn’t actually break the skin in the last blog.  When he was comfortable with those, we then moved into some actual injections using just a simple saline solution.

Baboon Training

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Our pair of Guinea baboons, Gondwana and Caitlyn, just started a new training program! The training of animals is important zoo wide; it assists keepers in caring more efficiently for the animals

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