Captive Animals

“That animal is just lying there with nothing to do!” a woman at the zoo where I once volunteered griped, head shaking in disgust. The Siberian tiger she viewed was, indeed, lying in his enclosure, sound asleep. Whether or not he had access to his outdoor area was not evident. “He doesn’t have enough space …

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Plastic Problem

What is the most dangerous snake in the world? Could it be the plastic snake? Google “plastic debris in oceans” and over three million sites pop up discussing a problem that has no solution. “Plastic debris is ubiquitous,” according to Inspiration Green, “because so much of our plastic ends up at sea and finds itself …

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The Value of Volunteers

A visitor approached me as I was setting up my skulls for display and interpretation at a visitor center one morning. “Can I ask you a question?” she asked breathlessly. “It’s about a bird we saw.  Can you help?” I turned and faced the woman. “Sure. What’s the question?” She opened her mouth to continue, …

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