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Going Viral With Cookie, the Little Penguin

A little over a year ago I posted a video of Cookie, the little penguin from the Cincinnati Zoo on Youtube and then linked the video to this blog. And there it sat, garnering a few hits along the way,... Continue Reading →

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Parrot Nation Video Outtakes

I've shot quite a bit of video in my adventures in the bird world, with more to come. Of course, when you work with animals and people, a lot of it ended up on the "cutting room floor" so to... Continue Reading →

How Clean is “Clean?”

I’m pretty good about cleaning up after my Greys. I have a slate stone floor so it sweeps and vacuums up fairly easily. Once I get after it with a mop and some really hot water, it looks as good... Continue Reading →

Cookie the Little Penguin at the Cincinnati Zoo

I was going over some of my files and realized I never posted my video of Cookie the Little Penguin in the break room at the Cincinnati Zoo. I put it up at YouTube, but never posted it here. So... Continue Reading →

A New Decade in the Works

Wouldn't this look good on my car? Ten years ago, when the Millennium rolled around, I didn't have birds. My life was entirely different really. I was still on my first of the four total vacuum cleaners I've had since... Continue Reading →

Andean Condor

I happened to be walking by the Andean Condor enclosure and saw this. According to Steve, this male Condor is most likely engaging in "Thermoregulation." He's regulating his body temperature by spreading his wings out in the sun:

Just Browsing

In the wild, animals are constantly interacting with plants, shrubs, trees and foliage. It is not only nourishment, but for fun and enrichment. It is entertainment and stimulation and animals love interacting with it.  At the Cincinnati Zoo, they have... Continue Reading →

Cincinnati Zoo’s Award Winning Insectarium

Karen, Cincinnati Zoo's long-time Insectarium Keeper, shows me a glimpse of what it's like to work in Cincinnati Zoo's Insectarium and straightens up the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Exhibit:

Tall Blondes, the Elephant House and Val’s Spiel

I shot some footage of the Giraffes waiting to go into their yard, the Elephant House and finally I managed to get Val, the Elephant Keeper doing his"Meet the Keeper " moment in the Elephant Yard:

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