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Parrots are cool. They are also one hell of a lot of work.

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September 2009

Up Close With Andean Condors

Caution is always a good thing when dealing with big raptors like these two Andean Condors. And despite Steve's experience, I was still nervous when I was inside their enclosure. These are some BIG Birds!

Thousands of Mouths to Feed

If you had to count all of the mouths that have to be fed here at the Cincinnati Zoo on a daily basis, you're looking at a lot of hungry creatures. For the most part, the birds are fed twice... Continue Reading →

Morning Rounds With Steve

In the morning, a Keeper has to drive all over the zoo in a cart to feed the birds located all around the zoo. this is just part of those rounds:

Steve Malowski Feeds Geese and Cranes

Steve the Aviculture Supervisor of the Bird House did the "Morning Outside Rounds" and I tagged along and attempted to help. Here is Steve feeding some Red Crowned Cranes and Bar Headed Geese. Some Mallards stopped by as well. His... Continue Reading →

Bats Alive!

We had to catch up some Fruit Bats for a Vet Exam and weight check. They weren't too thrilled about the idea. Mike,¬†from the Nocturnal House stopped by to help the Keepers. I helped by staying the hell out of... Continue Reading →

200 Pounds of Fruit

Every other day, the Keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo Bird House cut up and mix 200 pounds of fruit which fits into a plastic container the size of a small trunk. I got the extreme pleasure of mixing it. When... Continue Reading →

The Kea Mafia

I had to clean the indoor Kea enclosure where they stay when it's hot. In a few weeks, they will be going into Lorikeet Landing for the winter. Cleaning an enclosure with 7 Keas underfoot is a challenge! But these... Continue Reading →

The “Cincy Zoo Kinkajou”

Here is an interesting video of an animal you don't often see or even think about. Cody lives at the Children's Zoo and Andrea and Tanya are doing a "Meet the Keeper" for people. Cody the kinkajou got quite the... Continue Reading →

Feeding Storks and Pelicans

I misspoke in this video referring to the Pelicans as "Penguins." I obviously know the difference but apparently my mouth got ahead of my brain. These are Pink Backed Pelicans and Saddle Billed Storks and Steve is giving them fish... Continue Reading →

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