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Notes from the Field: Josh Lucas Reports on Madagascar Tortoise Conservation Efforts

  I have some exciting updates to share related to ongoing rescue efforts after the radiated tortoise crisis  in Madagascar. I have recently taken on the role of Reintroduction Project Manager within the Turtle Survival Alliance  (TSA), with the purpose of getting thousands of critically endangered tortoises back into the wild. My most recent three-week trip provided the opportunity to do some initial ground surveying of tortoise habitat, check-in on the... Read More
at Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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Un-EGGS-pected Arrival

As a Zoo professional, animal care duties sometimes extend beyond the normal 8 to 5 p.m. timeframe and through the holidays. To provide the best possible care to our Zoo animals, our staff is available around the clock when needed. Most of the time when we get called to the Zoo in the middle of the night, it is because of a power outage, but earlier this month, it was because of something a little more exciting! On December 2, I received a call at around 12:45 a.m. from one of our attentive,... Read More
at Friday, December 29, 2017
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Behind Closed Doors

It’s not often that our big Reticulated python gets to wander the halls of the Herpetarium at the OKC Zoo but sometimes it is the only way to move her from one location to  another, or  just to let her stretch and explore.  Her massive size of over 20 feet long at nearly  140 pounds , combined with “I want to be left alone”  attitude, preclude  one from simply putting her in a box and toting her around.   Visitors  who... Read More
at Thursday, October 20, 2016
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