Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator Book Review

I’ve read countless zoo-related books, from books about the evolution of zoos to a specific beloved zoo animal. But none compare to biographies from zoo staff. They always contain zoo animal bloopers and endearing tales of the writer’s time there. But Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator by Annette Libeskind Berkovits is different. It blurs…

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How You Can Help Wildlife

With a new year ahead many of us have goals and resolutions swirling in our mind. I’ve got a great New Year’s resolution for you! Make a vow to do your part to help wildlife, their habitats, and our beautiful planet Earth. With so much over consumption, waste, and reducing our natural resources it’s now…

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3 Bio-Diverse Hotspots

3 Bio-Diverse Hotspots A bio-diverse hotspot is a region meeting two strict criteria: it must contain at least 1500 endemic (not found anywhere else) plant species and it has to have lost at least 70% of its primary vegetation. There are 35 bio-diverse hotspots across the globe that cover just over 2% of the Earth but support…

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A Rhino Encounter and #JustOneRhino

“In conservation, the motto should always be ‘never say die’.” ~Gerald Durrell For as long as I can remember I’ve been passionate about wildlife and was determined that I would one day work with the beautiful, exotic animals I saw in the zoo like monkeys, tigers and even hyenas.  Yes, you read that right –…

Zoos Saving Species

In honour of Endangered Species Day on May 16th I thought I’d briefly touch on the efforts zoos are making to help save endangered species. Many zoos take part in Species Survival Plans (SSPs), but few are able to take part in reintroduction projects. With so many animal species endangered and their numbers dropping, reintroduction…

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Will You Go Lights Out For Earth Hour?

For the past few years I’ve loved the concept and message behind Earth Hour and have participated every year.  Strangely enough this year the day and time of Earth Hour – Saturday, March 29 8:30 – 9:30pm – I’ll be in the air flying to San Diego for my big US West Coast Trip, but…