Sunday, July 5, 2015
CWe are often asked where the tigers come from before they join our group. All the cats are 100% red, white and blue blooded Americans. With the passage of the Endangered Species Act in the 1970s, tigers and other threatened species are not rarely, if ever, captured from the wild for import. The individuals in our group range in birth from Florida to Wisconsin. They all found a good home here from other good homes. None were "rescues," a word used often by "sanctuaries" to help bring in donations. Always remember, an animal doesn't have to have a bad past to have a good present.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Good news for Indian tigers - India's seventh largest state of Karnataka is home to 400 tigers - 25% of those in the country, though it only consists of less than 6% of India's landmass. A new cost-effective means of expanding the protected areas for wild tigers has increased those ranges by 927 square miles. Keep in mind these numbers, though - the state makes up less than 6% of India's landmass and, with the expansions, less than 6% of the state is protected reserve for wild tigers, yet the state is home to the largest population of tigers in India, fighting for room against a population of 61 million people.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
We enjoyed a no-show day yesterday in Acushnet, Mass., where we will be performing for the next three days. While the tigers relaxed, we worked at making a few upgrades on the show pedestals. New diamond plate seat tops were added and will soon be followed with an LED light underglow. Don't forget the premier of "Zoo" tonight on CBS, but we will not be featured until the second episode next week.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Growing up as a child, I spent every school break I could volunteering at zoos and animal parks. A lot of that time was enjoyed in the reptile house of Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo. I had a standing invitation. My first tasks upon arriving, every day, was always to clean the exhibit glass, sweep and remove any cobwebs. As a kid, it was the worst part of the experience. I wanted to do the cool stuff - feed snakes, clean cages hang out with the tortoises or gators. But the housekeeping chores were always first. Looking back, I am eternally grateful for those lessons. The small tasks are just as important as the big tasks, if not more so. Attention to detail is paramount to part of the larger responsibility at hand.